Data into Action

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Plenary talk from the Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT, 6/17/10.

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Data into Action

  1. 1. #dataintoaction Data into Action! Nick Grossman, OpenPlans | @nickgrossman Future of News and Civic Media @ MIT - 6/17/10 openplans.org
  2. 2. Today 1. A little about us 2. What data needs in order to be actionable 3. What Data Sites can learn from Action Sites 4. Bridging the Civic Divide 5. An announcement!
  3. 3. 1 2 3 4 5 About OpenPlans OpenPlans informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. Open Source Open Government Journalism covering GIS software applications & strategy urban policy Since 1999
  4. 4. Our Clients & Partners
  5. 5. The OpenGeo Suite
  6. 6. 1 2 3 4 5 What data needs in order to be actionable
  7. 7. HYPOTHESIS: Data on it’s own isn’t enough
  8. 8. DATA ACTION
  9. 9. Magic! DATA ACTION
  10. 10. Governments? DATA ACTION
  11. 11. QR Codes = Platform for Action + DC Circulator Bus
  12. 12. Civic Hackers? DATA ACTION
  13. 13. Journalists? DATA ACTION
  14. 14. Nonprofits & Interest Groups? DATA ACTION
  15. 15. Layers of meaning & actionability Acting Interpreting PARTICIPATION & COLLABORATION TRANSPARENCY Serving Producing
  16. 16. Layers of meaning & actionability Acting Interpreting PARTICIPATION & COLLABORATION TRANSPARENCY Serving Producing
  17. 17. 1 2 3 4 5 What Data Sites can learn from Action Sites
  18. 18. HYPOTHESIS: We will see a convergence of automated “data sites” and social “action sites”
  19. 19. NEW PROJECT: Transportation Feedback Portals + 6 Pilot Projects in 2010-2011 Transparency - Participation - Data - Community Building
  20. 20. 1 2 3 4 5 Bridging the Civic Divide
  21. 21. It’s hard to learn a city
  22. 22. It’s hard to learn a city Hi, I’m new here. BOSTON
  23. 23. Hierarchy of data needs & civic actions Advocating Volunteering Connecting Voting Taxes Daycare School Shopping & Eating Babysitting Heat & Power Garbage Transportation BOSTON
  24. 24. HYPOTHESIS: Piggybacking higher-level civic tasks on personal tasks will enable engagement
  25. 25. Hierarchy of data needs & civic activities Advocating Volunteering Connecting Voting Taxes Daycare School Shopping & Eating Babysitting Heat & Power Garbage Transportation BOSTON
  26. 26. Things I didn’t talk about just now: (but would love to later) • How cities can share code, apps & policies • Contracting for open source • Infrastructure for real-time transit info • Cities that “work like the web”
  27. 27. 1 2 3 4 5 An announcement
  28. 28. OpenBlock A.K.A. “EveryBlock Open Source” openblockproject.org
  29. 29. Thanks! OpenPlans: http://openplans.org Nick Grossman: nick@openplans.org @nickgrossman #dataintoaction delicious.com/tag/dataintoaction

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