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#SaveTheData - Open Source Data Visualization for the Web

Making data human

#SaveTheData - Open Source Data Visualization for the Web

Making data human

$16,385
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About



We all want to make informed decisions, unfortunately to make them based on evidence is not always straightforward: data does not exist, it is incompatible or it comes in unusable formats. It is us, humans, who manually many times structure the information we need to tackle important problems. We cannot wait years and years to have a master database of the world, we need to solve problems now. And a good way to do it is to actually collaborate sharing resources (data, knowledge and code) to make this whole process more efficient. We are confident that data can be used for good, but we all need to work on closing the gap between those who can process and communicate data and those who can't.

We will never find a unique solution for all data problems, we would be better off if we created an ecosystem of solutions to tackle very specific needs, especially for non-tech users. That's what we are building: Web based Data Apps, with a point and click interface users can:

  • Browse the catalog Data Apps and select the one they need
     
  • Upload data or use data shared by other users
     
  • Clean, analyse data and make charts
     
  • Publish, share and collaborate (open source)

 We currently have 12 Datasketch Apps available in English and Spanish: some for data cleaning and accessing open data through connectors to public data repositories, and others for creating simple charts and maps. With your support we’ll build 30 more data apps.

Want more data sources? Want that specific map of your neighborhood that you care about? Want to enrich your data with other public information? We got you covered, and aditionally we will:

Improve User Experience: We will add more locales for common dates and number formatting.

Rock and Roll Documentation: We use at least 20 open software packages but they very are poorly documented for others to use, we will change that.

Support two new languages:  French and Portuguese, so we reach a bigger audience in developing economies and close the information gap (not all orgs can afford awesome programmers or designers like NYT or The Guardian). 

Feel like learning more? Take our online data journalism and activism courses, or if you want to do better, allow vulnerable communities in Colombia to dive deep into the data world. Or become a Data Patron and support an artistic data-drive intervention.

Connect the data with a real life experience and learn how data is being used in exotic places in Colombia, data to tackle corruption? Data to tackle gender inequality? Data + Coffee? Become a Data Expeditioner.

Take it to the ultimate level and become an Executive Sponsor, put your name on all our very creative products

Data + Human Rights? We helped organize and communicate the data of the colombian conflict. Data + Journalism? We've helped different newsrooms improve their workflow to communicate facts. Data + Bikes? We got you, a tour of the city to hear corruption stories. Data + Beers? See our events to share experience around data. Data + Dancing? Watch the video again and practice your tidy moves.

We believe in:

  • Freedom of information
  • Collaboration.
  • Data to protect our rights
  • Empowering local communities with data for better decisions
  • Humanizing data: people are not only numbers and making people who are not even numbers count.

We are happy about being innovative, about being more women than men, about fighting corruption and gender inequality with data + journalism. We want to do more with your support!

Risks and challenges

Leveraging the open source community to show them the impact they can have with their tools is a great challenge we are happy to tackle. We have however the chicken and egg problem, that is, the tools we develop will be more valuable the more data there is on the platform, but at the same time, the more Data Apps are needed to allow users to share more data. We will solve (or die in the attempt) that by working closely with local networks of users and really help them achieve their goals with their data.

This brings a whole new challenge, and it is that of accessing data, especially data for important problems. This data is usually difficult to collect, think of data about HIV medicines in Central America or about air or water quality in some cities, this is why we need to work hard on promoting collaboration between our users.

Finally, data literacy is challenging, we might not end up with the right tools for our users to learn and make sure their learnings lead to meaningful results, as data publications may be scrutinized with different agendas in mind and our tools might prove more difficult to use for not specialized audiences, that we hope for right now.

In any case it is you, our backers, who will help us improve and make sure that with each iteration our products grow in value to you and your communities.

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