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Civic data challenge

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and the Knight Foundation have paired up to create a “civic data challenge” to turn “the raw data of ‘civic health’ into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive”:

Civic health data has been collected for years, and we now have an opportunity to make this trove of community insight more valuable and accessible to decision makers and the public. The Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings, and new skill sets to the field of civic health. Designers, data scientists, researchers, and app developers are especially encouraged to Join the Challenge.

Challenge participants will be provided civic health and community attachment data, as well as data on health, safety, education, and the economy. Participants will analyze the data, identify connections and correlations, and create visual representations and interactive products to showcase their findings. These may include infographics, apps, animations, videos, or other products.

Judges will evaluate entries based on the quality of the analysis and design, the compelling nature of the finding, and the utility of the product. All entries must be received by July 29. Winners will be announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 14 in Philadelphia.

To learn more about the challenge, or to check out their civic health data sets, head over to the website.