May 20, 2016

Data for Civilians with Measure of America & Data2go.nyc

A summary of a Hyperact lunch talk about the creation of a web-based app called data2go.nyc — described as a herculean accomplishment by those in attendance

data2go lunchtalk notes and poster

Data2go lunch talk notes and poster

On Friday, 20 May 2016, Hyperact (hyperakt.com/lunch-talks/) hosted a lunch talk with speaker Kristen Lewis. Kristen is the Co-director of Measure of America — an organization that provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards (measureofamerica.org/project/). This specific event covered a recently launched product called data2go.nyc.

Data2go.nyc is a web based interface that solves for the data needs of non-profits, philanthropists, grant writers, small agencies and other types of organizations who may not have the expertise or resources to conduct data science.

Kristen's presentation consisted solely of a live demo. Using the data2go map and dashboards to illustrate features, functions and use cases:

Background

Technical items

data2go lunchtalk notes and poster

Mini bars used over other chart types. Also custom illustrations for each neighborhood adds visual interest to a data heavy interface.

How do you measure success?

Organizations can get $10K grants to create their own things with the data2go data. This initiative really wants me to share this summary with an organization I work with called More Art (moreart.org) who could certainly benefit from a tool like this for their fundrasing, grant writing, and more.

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