My name is Karissa McKelvey (http://karissa.github.io) and I've been lurking on TransforMap for a while. I first learned of TransforMap through @almereyda (jon r), and he suggested I introduce myself here.
Once upon a time, I was a student at Indiana University in the Informatics program, studying how people communicate online using Twitter. We collected a boatload of twitter data and I created interactive visualizations of the connections between people on the site as a proof of concept and helpful tool for journalists and researchers of political communication. During that time, I was active in the organizing of a multi-campus student strike in the state, with friends in the Ostrom school from whom I learned a lot about commons management and the potential the internet has as a tool for long-distance commoning.
I dropped out of that PhD program in hopes that I could find some sort of path outside of academia where I could help the commons movement through design and development of web and software applications. Currently, I'm working on a decentralized data versioning tool called
dat, (http://dat-data.com), that I think could be a technical foundation for some part of TransforMap. I still haven't decided a clear pathway for this integration, and will continue to lurk until I find some parts I can plug in.
I also work on the Debt Collective (http://debtcollective.org) as a technology consultant and developer. Although not entirely related to this project, they do have similar goals and political/social/economic alignments through resistance by data ownership and collective activity.
Let's chat! Ask me anything!