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BigBang hackaton in London, March 17-18

This weekend the DATACTIVE team will be joining the IETF101 hackathon to work on quantitative mailing-list analysis software. The Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF) is the oldest and most important Internet standard setting body. The discussions and decisions of the IETF have fundamentally shaped the Internet. All IETF mailing-lists and output documents are publicly available. They represent a true treasure for digital sociologist to understand how the Internet infrastructure and architecture developed over time. To facilitate this analysis DATACTIVE has been contributing to the development of BigBang, a Python-based automated quantitative mailinglists tool. Armed with almost 40 gigabyte worth of data in the form of plain text files, we are eager to boldly discover what no one has discovered before. By the way, we still have some (open) issues, feel free to contribute on Github 🙂