Data into Action

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

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

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  • 1. #dataintoaction Data into Action! Nick Grossman, OpenPlans | @nickgrossman Future of News and Civic Media @ MIT - 6/17/10 openplans.org
  • 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. 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. Our Clients & Partners
  • 5. The OpenGeo Suite
  • 6. 1 2 3 4 5 What data needs in order to be actionable
  • 7. HYPOTHESIS: Data on it’s own isn’t enough
  • 8. DATA ACTION
  • 9. Magic! DATA ACTION
  • 10. Governments? DATA ACTION
  • 11. QR Codes = Platform for Action + DC Circulator Bus
  • 12. Civic Hackers? DATA ACTION
  • 13. Journalists? DATA ACTION
  • 14. Nonprofits & Interest Groups? DATA ACTION
  • 15. Layers of meaning & actionability Acting Interpreting PARTICIPATION & COLLABORATION TRANSPARENCY Serving Producing
  • 16. Layers of meaning & actionability Acting Interpreting PARTICIPATION & COLLABORATION TRANSPARENCY Serving Producing
  • 17. 1 2 3 4 5 What Data Sites can learn from Action Sites
  • 18. HYPOTHESIS: We will see a convergence of automated “data sites” and social “action sites”
  • 19. NEW PROJECT: Transportation Feedback Portals + 6 Pilot Projects in 2010-2011 Transparency - Participation - Data - Community Building
  • 20. 1 2 3 4 5 Bridging the Civic Divide
  • 21. It’s hard to learn a city
  • 22. It’s hard to learn a city Hi, I’m new here. BOSTON
  • 23. Hierarchy of data needs & civic actions Advocating Volunteering Connecting Voting Taxes Daycare School Shopping & Eating Babysitting Heat & Power Garbage Transportation BOSTON
  • 24. HYPOTHESIS: Piggybacking higher-level civic tasks on personal tasks will enable engagement
  • 25. Hierarchy of data needs & civic activities Advocating Volunteering Connecting Voting Taxes Daycare School Shopping & Eating Babysitting Heat & Power Garbage Transportation BOSTON
  • 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. 1 2 3 4 5 An announcement
  • 28. OpenBlock A.K.A. “EveryBlock Open Source” openblockproject.org
  • 29. Thanks! OpenPlans: http://openplans.org Nick Grossman: nick@openplans.org @nickgrossman #dataintoaction delicious.com/tag/dataintoaction