Calling All Data Junkies: Civic Data Challenge

July 24, 2012 |  by  |  Buzz  | 

 

Like most people in digital journalism, I’ve been following with interest as the field of data journalism evolves. I particularly liked a Guardian article published in May that claimed “Data is the new punk.”

I know there are a lot of data junkies among urban thinkers, and I’m guessing that some of you Hidden City readers are data-obsessed as well. That’s why I thought you might be interested in the Civic Data Challenge, an upcoming contest sponsored by the Knight Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. The goal, according to the organization’s website: “The Civic Data Challenge turns the raw data of “civic health” into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive.”

I was particularly interested in the Knight Foundation Soul of the Community data, which is one of the civic datasets proposed for the challenge. The Knight Soul of the Community study identified factors that emotionally attach residents to where they live– and emotional attachment to the community is a subject near and dear to us at Hidden City.

So here’s my question: any data junkies and data visualization folks and artists and planners out there who’d like to get punk rock and hackeriffic to pull together an entry for the Civic Data Challenge before the July 29 deadline? If so, email me at mbroussard@hiddencityphila.org, and I’ll put together a team if there’s enough interest.

I look forward to seeing what cool visualizations come out of the project overall.

About the author

Hidden City Daily contributing editor Meredith Broussard has written for Harper's, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, The Chicago Reader, The Philadelphia City Paper, and Philadelphia magazine. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Meredith holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. Visit her website at meredithbroussard.com.



No Comments


Trackbacks

  1. How Healthy Is Philadelphia? | Hidden City Philadelphia

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Urban Decay As American As Beer And Apple Pie

Urban Decay As American As Beer And Apple Pie

February 21, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow taps into Philly beer history and frozen pie trivia at the old Adam Scheidt Brewing Company plant on North 9th Street > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Atlantic Snuff Company

Unlisted Philadelphia: Atlantic Snuff Company

February 17, 2017  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Architectural illustrator Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not protected on the local register with his series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, a High Victorian in Chinatown that's still up to snuff > more

Inside The Empty, Gilded Halls Of Elkins Estate

Inside The Empty, Gilded Halls Of Elkins Estate

February 16, 2017  |  Last Light

Photographer Kris Catherine gives an exclusive look inside the opulent mansions of Elkins Estate > more

Dial Up For The Latest Election News

Dial Up For The Latest Election News

February 14, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. dials up the Evening Telegraph Information Bureau, a pilot communications service in 1905 that provided Keystone Telephone customers with news and information at a moment's notice > more

La Salle University Threatens Germantown Landmarks

La Salle University Threatens Germantown Landmarks

February 9, 2017  |  Soapbox

On Friday, the Historical Commission will consider legal protections for two historic Germantown homes. Owners La Salle University will oppose the nominations to retain their right to demolition. Arielle Harris makes a case for saving these two Wister family properties and reveals La Salle's long tradition of razing neighborhood landmarks > more

Paging Dr. Typewriter: Healing Old Tech On Fabric Row

Paging Dr. Typewriter: Healing Old Tech On Fabric Row

February 8, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

Bryan Kravitz brings old Remingtons back from the dead at his repair shop in Mt. Airy and typing salon in South Philly. Joe Brin has the story > more