Event Projects from the OpenNews-MIT Hack Day
Six data liberation projects in twenty-four hours
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
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
NYC Drug Prices Comparison
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
Judgmental: Court Decision Scraper and API
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
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
Repo and docs: https://github.com/jlord/open-data-guide
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
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
Team Etherpad: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/oonn