Python Office Hours is a beginner-friendly python meetup.
About Aaron Swartz
I didn't know Aaron, so I am not going to talk at length about him. To learn about him you should see the talks that memorialize him, read the essays. You should look through his own writings and talks.
- Remember Aaron Swartz
- Aaron Swartz Memorial event at the Internet Archive San Francisco
- The Aaron Swartz Collection at the Internet Archive
- Away from Keyboard: Aaron H. Swartz at the Internet Archive
- essays on getting better at life
Well good job, Fork Grabber http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html
If you are moved by his life and death, if you are upset, inspired, and if you think, what can I do? I wish I could donate! Then take this time to think about the skills you have and how you can donate them to these things that move you.
from memorial talks at the internet archive
All academic research from all time should be made openly accessible to anyone with an internet connection
If you are a programmer you have special powers and responsibilities. You can do magic.
I can't remember where this one came from
fix the world mainly by clearly explaining it to people
The city of Chicago provides an excellent data portal, but the Cook County jail doesn't yet have a good data api. The cookcountyjail inmate tracker is a way to work around this problem. It runs jobs to scrape the website then provides an api for the scraped data. There's a Saturday workshop for it.
What to do
Once we identify projects, we can identify tasks
- work on packaging in ubuntu, debian, homebrew, etc.
- improve documentation
- review pull requests
- find issues and work on them
- categorize issues as bitesized to help us plan out tasks that people of all skill levels can help with
- help do tasks to make a project easy to contribute to (insert text here to guidelines based on organizations like openhatch. good example of what to do in http://twistedmatrix.com/trac/wiki/ContributingToTwistedLabs via http://pyvideo.org/video/692/2-twisted-matrix-high-scores)
- write presentation and essays on open science, open access, open notebook, open data, open gov. anywhere from 5 (lightning talk) to 45 minutes.
- legal stuff, like http://forkthelaw.org/
Aaron's code and code he has contributed to
You can look at his github account to see the repositories in it. some are listed below. when this was on pirate pad, a few people wrote in suggestions.
- https://github.com/aaronsw/watchdog — may be possible to extract some reusable, generic code from this
- https://github.com/aaronsw/chdns [lacks documentation]
Some other projects that aren't in his github account or website
update http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/uncensor so as to be congruent with squarezooko