MadLab Day Four
So how has the data gathering moved on?
The survey has now gone live, and has had a good few responses. We have now tweaked some of the questions to tighten up our results, improved the blurb to entice people in and got a permanent page on the MadLab site.
However we still don’t have all of the data that we need so Kathleen, Dave and I will now be attending a few groups to get some more data face to face with groups using the spaces. Hopefully between this and the survey we will be able to get a large enough dataset to work with.
And the coding?
Now we have a set the questions together the development of the coding has now become possible. We knew that we wanted to get the data into Gephi and that surveygizmo gives us data in an excel format. So to get the data into Gephi in a way that’ sophisticated enough for our purposes we need to feed it through a couple of stages. We’ve identified this as getting the data into XML using the XML format described by GEXF with a layer of Python in-between to get it there.
At this point it was my job to get my head around the XML, and produce some fragments that described the shape of how our data needed to fit into Gephi. This will hopefully give what we need to develop the Python. After a couple of hours reading up on GEXF and the basics of XML I generated a document we’ll be able to use to write the Python elements.