DataLook for Non-Techies
Are you a city official, nonprofit manager or someone else who believes in the power of data but you don’t know how all this works?
DataLook is a directory of replicable data-driven projects for social good where data do-gooders around the world can find inspiration how to use data and technology to address tough social challenges. While the individual projects are inspiring on their own, we love to see things scale and wondered how much the impact of an individual project would grow if its solution was replicated in a new city or repurposed to address a new issue.
We are showcasing projects from preventing food poisoning with predictive analytics to helping pets get adopted faster by scraping and republishing open data. Our success stories can potentially save cities or other organizations a lot of time and money (see below). Check out the different tags here on the right to find the right projects.
You want your city/organization to benefit from data, too? But you don’t know how things like “predictive analytics” and “scraping” work? Don’t worry. You are not alone. The good news is that there are thousands of data and tech savvy people out there eager to help you. The tricky part is to meet them. But we can maybe help.
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We will try to find a solution for you: We introduce you to volunteers in our chat channel, we organize an online or offline replication hackathon or brainstorm about an individual solution.
(header image: lavenir.net – screenshot of FixMyStreet)
Allows citizens to subscribe to new legislation, to contextualize legislation and evaluate legislation.
Twitter bot for animal shelters that increases the likelihood that potential adopters find adoptable animals.
Allows citizens to claim responsibility for shoveling out fire hydrants after heavy snowfall.
Records bicycle trips and provides data to regional transportation planners to make Philly a better place to ride.
Helps reducing food waste through donation and composting resources.
Maps child-wellbeing based on publicly available data.
Connects homeless and low-income residents with critical and life-saving resources nearby.
Allows citizens to report, view, or discuss local problems.
Predicts food establishments most at risk for the types of violations most likely to spread food-borne illness.
Searches tweets related to food poisoning and directs the possible victims to a 311-service form.