Big Data for the Common Good

A session at Strata 2012

Thursday 1st March, 2012

4:00pm to 4:40pm (PST)

As more data become less costly and technology breaks barriers to acquisition and analysis, the opportunity to deliver actionable information for civic purposes grows. This might be termed the “common good” challenge for Big Data. But actionable data has always been the challenge for nonprofits and civic organizations. The needs haven’t changed on the civic side— data intermediary organizations live this every day. Our community and civic clients have struggled with obtaining data—from the public realm or from their own systems—that will inform their decision-making, help tell their stories to funders, mobilize support, and direct their efforts.

This presentation will draw from experiences, old and new, deployed by common-good data intermediaries in order to spotlight challenges moving ahead. We’ll draw on experiences such as that in Chicago where MCIC is endeavoring to run an Apps Competition that’s centered on community/hacker collaboration. We’ll explore the history of the national neighborhood indicator movement and efforts by voters’ groups to build mapping platforms in order to have a voice in political redistricting plans. We’ll also talk about new efforts such as Data without Borders and their success in bringing coders to the community. By touching on these stories, we’ll highlight the potential for disruptive approaches to break through barriers: resources, communication styles, data availability.

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Virginia Carlson

Metropolitan Chicago Information Center

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Jake Porway

Data Without Borders

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Strata 2012

United States United States, Santa Clara

28th February to 1st March 2012

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Time 4:00pm4:40pm PST

Date Thu 1st March 2012


Ballroom E, Santa Clara Convention Center

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