Highlights from Transform Newsletter, August 5, 2015

August 5, 2015 12:00 pm PST | Data as a Service

Can open data measure happiness? Why are data visualizations so important (and can your government afford them)? We explore all these questions and much more in this week’s issue of Transform newsletter. 

Measuring happiness: In Santa Monica, California, the Wellbeing Project quantifies health and happiness using surveys of residents and details from the city’s open data portal for data. Merely tabulating the data is just a first step; the project aims to to move beyond spreadsheets and online dashboards and turn its findings into actionable ideas for the community. Read up on the Wellbeing Project’s process and results.

Tell better stories: A static pie chart can only go so far in engaging citizens. Open government champions recommend the use of visualizations, which require no expertise to understand and act on. Data experts and government staffers share examples of data visualizations in action.

Get your application in: We’ve extended the deadline to this Friday for the LIVES Access Program, so get your application in now to be part of this free program to help normalize food inspection data. Find out more about LIVES.





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