Use our Data Apps now:
We open sourced all our process, learn how we made it happen here:
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 neighbourhood that you care about? Want to enrich your data with other public information? We got you covered, and additionally 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).
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. This creates a lot of manual work to structure the information needed to tackle important problems. There are a lot of problems in the world that can be better solved if the decision makers have access to relevant information and to a platform to collaborate sharing resources (data, knowledge and code). We cannot wait years for someone else to create master database of the world, we need to solve problems now. That is why we strive to create a platform where everyone, even non-tech users can do their part in sharing relevant data for the community.
We aim to create an ecosystem of solutions to tackle a wide range of data problems - especially for non-tech users. With our web-based Data Apps, users can:
- Browse the catalog Data Apps and select the they need
- Upload data or use data shared by other users
- Clean, analyse data and make charts
- Publish, share and collaborate (open source)
We would love to reward your support with one of our Data wearables, e-books, 3-month Pro membership and many more!
If you want to learn more, take our online data journalism and activism courses, if you want to do better, allow vulnerable communities in Colombia to dive deep into the data world.
You can also 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 a young, creative and innovative group of 7 - passionate about fighting corruption, conflict and gender inequality through proper use of data and responsible journalism. And we aim to way more with your support!
Risks and challenges
Leveraging the open source community to show individuals the impact they can have using tools and their data is a great challenge we are happy to tackle. However we face an issue when working towards achieving this goal: DataSketch will be more valuable as more data is uploaded to the platform - which means that more Data Apps need to be built in order to acommodate the increasing data in ecosystem.
Collecting valuable and reliable data: Some datasets can be difficult to access and curate, especially regarding important socio-economic issues. Data on HIV medicines in Central America or water quality in some cities are some examples.
Data literacy: We aim to build the right tools that will enable our users to learn easily, and for their learnings to lead them to meaningful results. As data publications may be scrutinized with different objectives in mind, our tools might eventually prove more difficult to use for not specialized audiences.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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