[ddj] Poderopedia launches public beta to promote transparency and open information in Chile

Mariano Blejman marianet at he.net
Thu Dec 13 19:57:10 UTC 2012

Ey Miguel! very happy for the announcement!

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM, Miguel Paz <ohmyblog at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everybody!
> Poderopedia (http://www.poderopedia.org) launched this wednesday
> 12/12/2012 at 12:12 and that`s right: The world did not end when we
> did it. So please come in, check out the menu, and grab a bite of our
> editorial and crowdsourced data journalism website that uses public
> data, semantic web technology, and network visualizations to map who's
> who in business and politics in Chile.
> We are pleased to invite you to Poderopedia, a project backed by
> Knight Foundation through its News Challenge 2011
> (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/20110953/). We believe that
> Poderopedia will save reporters time
> (
> http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/08/poderopedia-keeps-track-of-chiles-most-powerful-and-influential230.html
> )
> in their reporting and will help citizens understand the relationships
> between people, companies and organizations that influence our daily
> lives.
> We know our 3,000 pre-registered users have been waiting several
> months, and therefore we want to thank them and you for your patience
> and support through this invitation to browse our site and review the
> profiles of individuals, businesses and most influential organizations
> in our country.
> Of course, **the site is still in beta**, which means it is a "work in
> progress" and as such, surely you may find things are not going to be
> 100%, as well as areas we should fix or improve and that still need to
> be completed. These are all things that we intend to do on a daily
> basis.
> Please report any bugs you may find, tell us about what you like and
> dislike, and share your ideas using http://poderopedia.uservoice.com
> If you want more background information, PBS Idea Lab featured a long
> and detailed post
> (
> http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2012/12/poderopedia-uses-public-data-to-take-on-powerful-interests-in-chile327.html
> )
> last week where we explain our goals and roadmap since we started
> building Poderopedia.
> That said, in Poderopedia you can:
> → Access profiles of politicians, businessmen, institutions and companies
> → Check visualizations of maps of relationships (that we will improve
> week by week)
> → Discover relevant information quickly and easily with our search
> engine and directories
> → See documents related to an entity (thanks
> "DocumentCloud":http://www.documentcloud.org/!)
> → Register to collaborate and get your own user page that will include
> future notifications and more collaboration features
> → Provide data anonymously, suggest new profiles and connections,
> report errors and inappropriate content (hey, no one is infallible and
> we care about the privacy of individuals)
> We remind you that **this is the beta version of Poderopedia**. Your
> comments and suggestions are very important to us. So far, the
> reactions have been nothing but
> "impressive":http://topsy.com/s?q=poderopedia and
> "generous":http://poderopedia.icerocket.com/ by our early adopters.
> Come on in and "propose":http://poderopedia.uservoice.com your ideas
> too.
> If you're interested in creating a chapter of Poderopedia in your
> country, or you want to become an editor/contributor, want to donate
> your time, knowledge -- or even your money :) -- to promote
> transparency and keep opening up unknown relations of the most
> influential or have a fantastic idea to contribute, by all means write
> to us at team at poderopedia.com.
> We're eager to see you use Poderopedia and make it your own,
> **Welcome!**
> Miguel Paz @miguelpaz
> Poderopedia.org @poderopedia
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Mariano Blejman
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