#NoDAPL BigData: Oil, Gas, and Social Media Data from the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Direct Actions


Use the Big Data tools developed by Big Oil to find fossil fuels to resist pipelines constructions.

Figure 1 from an IBM white paper on Big Data and oil production.  See this link.  Note the top right section (1): “Water environmental monitoring” and “Water Management.”


I talked to my friend John Keyes who is a friend from my undergraduate days at Emory University who is now a patent lawyer in Chicago.  He said he would help me eventually settle in Chicago to start a career as a data scientist who works at the intersection of energy, Big Data, and indigenous peoples’ rights and land protection.  He suggested I edit my Linkedin for the work that I plan to do after attending the #NoDAPL protests this past week and experiencing extreme anger and psychic trauma from the use of military style tactics developed in Iraq by companies like Blackwater against indigenous water protectors.  The criminals of the Iraq war have come to work in the United States of America to flow oil.  The very real threat to our waters presents a great need for people to wake up and start working on behalf of tribes to protect waters.  I have a chemistry Ph.D. from Berkeley and believe in supporting the Lakota with Big Data.  I hope to document the ongoing efforts to build the pipeline and overlay these data with maps and social media data.

From my Linkedin profile:

“Supporting Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Efforts with Big Data and Social Media Analytics

I explore public data sets quantifying the impacts of climate change and industrialization on water quality. I am focusing on a project that explores the consequences of domestic energy independence. Focusing on the pipelines that are being constructed by Big Oil to flow fossil fuels derived from fracking to ports of export, I document how these projects damage and interfere with indigenous communities. Currently, I am doing a data science and mapping project exploring GPS enabled social media activity and Dakota Access Pipeline construction. My goal is to make a map of current areas of construction and document how the construction changes in time. With this information, I will map Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram data onto the map to show activist and water Protector efforts. I hope to assist people resist the pipeline construction. My long term goal is to assist tribal efforts to resist Big Oil’s pipelines construction efforts in legal proceedings by serving as an expert witness.”

Use the Big Data tools developed by Big Oil to find fossil fuels to resist pipelines constructions.

Some preliminary resources for these efforts are here:

  1.  Oil, Gas, and Data:  High-Performance Data Tools in the Production of Industrial Power – file: (oil-gas-data)
  2. Science Magazine article “Satellite Images Can Map Poverty” file (satellite poverty.pdf)
  3. PNAS article on “greenness” and test score positive correlations: “Green spaces and cognitive development in primary school children” file (pnas-2015-dadvand-7937-42.pdf)
  4. Wikipedia BigData entry
  5. UN Info Graphic “How the World Tweets Climate Change” (Tweet evolution in real time on a map)
  6. UN Global Pulse: Using Twitter to Measure Public Digital Speech about Climate Change in real time
  7. US Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Assessment Grass and Wetland Crossings (Dec 2015) file: (dapleasementsdraftea_12172016.pdf)
  8. IBM white paper on Big Data and oil production link.  file: (ibmwhitepaper_09112016.pdf)
  9. What is Cognitive Computing?
  10. Google open source machine learning library Tensor Flow.
  11. YouTube on social media and IBM Watson

11.  YouTube video on Google’s Tensor Flow:

12. Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python, 2nd Edition

13.  WellWiki

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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