Interviews and barbeque

Posted 06/20 by Ruthie BenDor

Today was a rest day in Troy, and after running a few errands in the morning, I biked over to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

After climbing a few steps, I found the Tetherless World Constellation, a research center that explores the research and engineering principles that underlie the Web, and my interviewee, Professor Jim Hendler.

Steps

We had a great conversation about data.gov and the challenges around making datasets accessible and usable over the Internet, and he was kind enough to demonstrate a few Google Maps mashups his students had made. I’m looking forward to sharing the interview transcript at the end of the summer, when I finally get a moment to transcribe it smile

James Hendler

Later in the afternoon, I was able to repay my hosts’ kindness a bit by tuning up their bikes and escorting them on an urban ride around downtown Troy, sharing bits of road wisdom acquired dodging crazy Boston drivers.

Mark & Fran

We capped the day by visiting Dinosaur BBQ, where I had the best pulled pork plate I’ve had outside Austin, Texas. Tomorrow I head west, toward Fonda.

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