Today in San Francisco the winners of round three of this year's Knight News Challenge, which focused on data, were announced. These projects were awarded a total of $2.2 million to make the large amounts of information produced each day available, understandable and actionable. And the winners are...
- Safecast. A "citizen science" effort, in collaboration with professional scientists, this project will measure and share air quality data in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities.
- LocalData. This set of tools helps communities collect data on paper or via a smartphone app, then visualize the data through an easy-to-use dashboard.
- Open Elections. A free, comprehensive source of U.S. election results, which takes into account campaign spending, demographic changes, legislative track records and more.
- New Tools for OpenStreetMap. This popular wiki-style mapping project will become easier to contribute to or modify.
- Pop Up Archive. This project will put on the web multimedia content in a way that makes it easy to search, reuse and share.
- Census.IRE.org. An Investigative Reporters and Editors project to make it simpler to access U.S. Census data.
This is a big data month for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last week Knight also announced the winners of its Civic Data Challenge.
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