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

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