[okfn-discuss] Encouraging the use of environmental data

Dashamir Hoxha dashohoxha at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 20:28:05 UTC 2011

Hi Ethan,

Maybe you can organize a competition about interesting and useful ideas
related to these matters. You can also offer one or more prizes for
the winner(s). However, in order to participate in such
a competition/lottery, one of the requirements should be to notify
others about it. This can be done by requesting to publish it
on Facebook or tweeter, to give at least two valid email addresses
of other people, etc.

I did not come up with this idea myself, but it just happened
that today I registered myself for participating in this lottery:

Then the collected ideas can be registered in some kind of
idea database, for further discussing, elaborating and evaluating,
like this one:
IdeaTorrent can be used as well:
Maybe there are any other sites or tools for registering ideas,
discussing, promoting them and fostering innovation.

If you think and discuss about these further, maybe you can work out
all the details and come up with a nice and polished action plan.


On 04/17/2011 08:22 PM, Mr. Puneet Kishor wrote:
> see below --Puneet.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: <McMahon.Ethan at epamail.epa.gov>
> Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM
> Subject: Encouraging the use of environmental data
> To: owner-SOC-MKTG at georgetown.edu, "soc-mktg at listproc.georgetown.edu" <soc-mktg at listproc.georgetown.edu>
> The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to encourage software
> developers to use its data to make useful applications about the
> environment and human health. I'm wondering how we could apply social
> marketing techniques to encourage developers to use our data in this
> way.
> A little background: The Open Government Initiative encourages federal
> agencies to make data more accessible so it can be used in innovative
> and helpful ways. EPA makes a lot of its data accessible (see EPA Data
> Finder www.epa.gov/data and Data.gov and Data.gov
> http://search.usa.gov/search?query=epa&affiliate=datagov&x=0&y=0), but
> many developers don't even know it exists. They also don’t know that
> agencies encourage this kind of activity. Luckily, the developers I’ve
> spoken with are altruistic and are looking for ways to use their skills
> to make a difference.
> Other agencies, like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
> have made their data available and done a great job of building
> awareness about their data (see the Community Health Data Initiative
> http://www.hhs.gov/open/datasets/initiative_launch.html and the Health
> Data Community http://www.data.gov/health). The U.S. Department of
> Agriculture sponsored a challenge called Apps for Healthy Kids (
> www.appsforhealthykids.gov ) that encouraged developers to make apps to
> keep kids healthy.
> How could EPA reach software developers and the people who would use
> these applications? You can respond to the listserv or to me directly.
> Thanks,
> Ethan
> Ethan McMahon  ||  Office of Environmental Information ||  US EPA  ||
> 202-566-0359
> Try EPA's Data Finder at www.epa.gov/data
> See EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment in 40 pages at
> http://oaspub.epa.gov/hd/home
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