Civic Awesome: Open Data In The News For November 28, 2014
Open data is everywhere! From the particles that hold together the fabric of our universe, to continent-wide movements, down to municipal hackathons, this week’s leading open data stories span them all.
In the hopes that it will spur global community research, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) liberated data collected from collision events produced by the Large Hardon Collider. Datasets from numerous Large Hadron Collider experiments have been added to CERN’s newly launched open data portal, along with tools for analysis, visualization, and access. These tools should help simplifying analysis of the data, according to CERN.
Tanzania is recognizing Africa Statistical Day along with other countries in the region, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Director of Population and Social Statistics, Ephraim Kwesigabo. At the event, Kwesigabo praised his country’s open data system, saying it has done much to improve transparency and involve citizens in day-to-day government activities. He went on to call for other African countries and data owners to join in the open data movement.
The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) will host a 48-hour nationwide, open data hacking event over the weekend of International Open Data Day (February 20 – 22, 2015.) All submissions will have to use data available at open.canada.ca and be aimed at youth, commerce, or quality of life issues. The hackathon will be hosted in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver or teams can participate virtually from anywhere with an internet connection. Teams will compete for a $15,000 grand prize, $5,000 prizes for each of the aforementioned categories. Prizes will also be offered to the best student submission and fan favorite.
Cities in the Great Boston area are hosting a hackathon of their own. This one challenges citizens to leverage open data to make the region’s roads safer. Submissions are not limited to apps or other tech hacks, they can also include art works, essays, or other forms which bring light to safer streets. The “Street Safety Challenge” runs now through December 30th. Winners will be announced January 9, 2015.
Code for America fellow and open data advocate, Maskim Pecherskiy, has been named San Diego’s first Chief Data Officer. The city cited his wide experience building large-scale web systems for the Puerto Rican government as critical to his new role. Percherskiy said is is looking forward to working with the local status scene and others to “develop innovative web tools to empower San Diego residents…and improve [their] lives.”