[ddj] Winners of the Knight News Challenge on Data announced

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Thu Sep 20 18:10:19 UTC 2012

For anyone who hadn't seen this already, the six new winners of the
Knight News Challenge on Data are listed here:


Here are the project summaries from the press release:

"Safecast: Creating a community of citizen and professional scientists
to measure and share data on air quality in Los Angeles and other U.S.
cities. The air quality effort is inspired by Safecast’s success in
providing radiation data following Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster.

LocalData: Providing a set of tools that communities can use to
collect data on paper or via a smartphone app, then export or
visualize the data via an easy-to-use dashboard. The city of Detroit
has used the tools, created by Code for America fellows, to track
urban blight.

Open Elections: Creating the first freely available, comprehensive
source of U.S. election results, allowing journalists and researchers
to analyze trends that account for campaign spending, demographic
changes, legislative track records and more. Senior developers from
The Washington Post and The New York Times lead the project.

New Tools for OpenStreetMap: Launching tools that make it easier for
communities to contribute to OpenStreetMap, the community-mapping
project used by millions via foursquare and Wikimedia and becoming a
leading source for open, street-level data. DevelopmentSeed will
create the tools.

Pop Up Archive: Taking multimedia content – including audio, pictures
and more – from the shelf to the Web, so that it can be searchable,
reusable and shareable. Founded by University of California grad
students and SoundCloud Fellows, the project beta tested by helping
archive the collection of the independent, Peabody-winning production
team the Kitchen Sisters.

Census.IRE.org: Providing journalists and the public with a simpler
way to access Census data, so they can spend less time managing the
information and more time analyzing it and finding trends. The project
is led by a senior developer from the Chicago Tribune in partnership
with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)."

Jonathan Gray

Head of Community
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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