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.
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
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.
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.