Projects from the OpenNews-MIT Hack Day

Six data liberation projects in twenty-four hours

Demo time, from the hack day photosets on Flickr

On the weekend leading into the Knight-MIT Civic Media Conference, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and MIT sponsored a hack day focused on data liberation and housed at the MIT Media Lab. Fueled by korma and coffee, the 40 participants worked through six projects, detailed below in their various stages of semi-completion.

CivOmega: Wolfram Alpha for Government Data

Members of the CivOmega team at work

What: A human-friendly search for open government data to answer questions like “Which senators voted for the abortion bill?” or “How many Dominicans live in Queens?” Components include NLP, mapping a query to data, and determining possibilities for outputs.

Who: Mike Tigas, Stephen Suen, Friedrich Lindenberg, Miguel Paz, Dan Schultz, Travis Swicegood, Joe Germuska, Chris Sopher, Leon Lin, Manuel Aristarán, Chris Zubak-Skees

Demo: http://www.civomega.com/

Repo: https://github.com/pudo/dataomega

NYC Drug Prices Comparison

The NYC Drug Prices team, mid-sprint

What: Wouldn’t it be cool if we could make an iPhone app that tells someone the cheapest place to buy a certain drug? How about a visualization of drug prices in NYC? This idea is taken straight out of a link in the Hack Day wiki: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pdpw/SearchDrugs/Home.action

Who: Ying Quan Tan, Sisi Wei, Nick Doiron, Hong Qu

Demo: http://sisiwei.github.io/opennews-drug-prices/

Repo: https://github.com/sisiwei/opennews-drug-prices

Judgmental: Court Decision Scraper and API

Judgmental (yet open-minded) team members making plans

What: Lots of states put their court decisions online as PDFs. We created a scraper that will gather them up and pop up an API to display them.

Who: Waldo Jaquith, Mariano Blejman, Noah Veltman, Chase Davis, Max Ogden, Joanna Kao, Dhanraj Konduru, Matt McDonald

Repo and docs: https://github.com/openva/judgmental

How to Open Gov Data Guide

Making the How to Open Gov Data guide

What: This is a guide for government technologists on how to make in-demand datasets open.

Who: Erhardt Graeff, Chris Barr, Dylan Richard, Anthea Watson Strong, Willow Bloo, Saul Tannenbaum, Jessica Lord

Demo: http://jlord.github.io/open-data-guide/

Repo and docs: https://github.com/jlord/open-data-guide

Civic Score

The Civic Score team in the design phase

What: A project to score elected officials and political geographies based on their civic engagement and responsiveness to solving problems.

Who: Philip Ashlock, Mariana Santos, David Quinn

Demo and design mock-ups: http://civicscore.org

Repo: https://github.com/philipashlock/civicscore/


Opening open news (news)

What: We’re creating a single archive of things people want to know about news websites, the stories they tell, the format they’re presented in, and the reactions they elicit. By putting this information on a single open site, we hope that people will be encouraged to make comparisons of news organizations across time, topic, and geography.

Who: Brian Ableson, Stjn Debrouwere, Sonya Yan Song, Mark Boas, Annabel Church, Friedrich Lindenberg

Docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hptAkA0B7oioqypYoGVr-8mYuyV_z0eIdPwlcvBRsuw/

Repo: https://github.com/csvsoundsystem/OpenOpenNewsNews

Team Etherpad: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/oonn




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