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Joanne Lu

3 October 2019

United States

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Humanitarian, crowdsourced street mapping has become a crucial part of disaster relief efforts. Initiatives like Missing Maps and OpenStreetMaps call on volunteer cartographers – professional or not – to fill in maps ...

Kaiser Health News

Maureen O’Hagan

23 September 2019

Hillsboro, Oregon, United States

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To reduce the rate of suicides in Oregon, a Washington County epidemiologist formed an unlikely collaboration with the county's death investigators in order to build a comprehensive pool of data about where and why su...

The Observer

Esther Nakkazi

18 September 2019

Kampala, Uganda

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Early warning systems allow communities to implement effective disaster preparedness. The Uganda National Integrated Early Warning System (U-NIEWS), disseminates forecasts—ranging from weather patterns to market price...

Are We Europe

Julia Migné

3 September 2019

Antarctica

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As conservationists around the world grapple with saving endangered species, many have turned to the tech sector. Initiatives like The Zooniverse, a citizen science platform for people-powered research, are helping ex...

KMGH-TV

Stephanie Butzer

26 August 2019

Aurora, Colorado, United States

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For individuals wanting to store their guns outside of their homes, they can now find a space using the Colorado Gun Storage Map. The interactive tool was developed in collaboration between the Colorado School of Publ...

Yes! Magazine

Megan Wildhood

21 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Crowdsourcing data allows developers to help those with limited mobility find accessible routes. The AccessMap Seattle project, in collaboration with the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the University of Wa...

Albuquerque Journal

Rick Nathanson

9 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Bernalillo County in New Mexico has implemented a new project that maps where needles are being found by community members. The approach not only keeps the streets safer for all, but also allows the county to map dens...

DataJournalism.com

Brent Walth

27 June 2019

United States

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Fact-based, data-driven, and solution-oriented journalism can shift the media paradigm from asking “what” to asking “how.” Solutions journalism, known also as constructive journalism in Europe, focuses on data and evi...

The New York Times

Jose A. Del Real

24 June 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FireMap is a new program that uses real-time data to predict the direction of wildfires. In Southern California, where the tool is being tested, there is a huge potential for positive impact - fires in California swep...

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Marthe Rubió

28 May 2019

France

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In what started as a series of posts on Twitter and evolved into a public database published by an investigative media outlet, Mediapart, a lone reporter documented police violence against France's Yellow Vest protest...

OZY

Molly Fosco

20 May 2019

United States

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Across the United States, tech platforms and organizations are developing ways to use data in a way that decreases police violence. They range in purpose – one maps instances of police violence, while another publishe...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Allison Herrera

8 May 2019

Washington, United States

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Ensuring that cases of missing and murdered indigenous women are counted requires collecting data. In US and Canada, many cases of missing and murdered indigenous women remain ignored by law enforcement. In response, ...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

30 April 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In 2018, San Francisco county forgave $32 million worth of criminal justice administrative fees. These fees are issued to formerly incarcerated individuals upon release from prison, most of which are not employed and ...

Columbia Journalism Review

Tony Biasotti

27 March 2019

California, United States

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When a new California law unlocked the disciplinary records on misconduct from 700 police agencies statewide, competing news organizations formed the California Reporting Project to accomplish as a team what would hav...

Nieman Lab

Joshua Benton

20 March 2019

California, United States

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More than 30 California news organizations collaborated to gain access to, and publish news stories about, previously secret police disciplinary cases. Filing more than 1,100 records requests with more than 600 law en...

FastCompany

Hallie Golden

26 February 2019

Washington, United States

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Collecting data in the moments after a natural disaster occurs is key to understanding their impact as well as increasing preparedness. When a disaster strikes, the RAPID Facility, a partnership between several univer...

Hakai Magazine

Alastair Bland

19 February 2019

Tasmania, Australia

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As climate change accelerates, there is a growing need for scientific data to track and respond to the changes in our environment. Unburdened by the stress of academia or funding, volunteer citizen scientists are step...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

11 February 2019

United States

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Libraries serve as trusted stewards of information in the public domain. Looking beyond the traditional management of printed records and archives, libraries across the United States and Canada aim to make data sets r...

KRWG-PBS

Michael Hernandez

9 February 2019

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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When it comes to meteorology, citizen science can be a powerful resource. In New Mexico and neighboring states, volunteers are collecting data that helps researchers and state agencies map rainfall patterns. Through C...

Mongabay

Marianne Messina

21 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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Squids play an important role in the ecosystem, so scientists are focusing efforts on better understanding how the species adapts to climate change. By creating a "FitBit for squid," scientists have successfully been ...

Governing

Katherine Barrett

Richard Greene

15 January 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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States and localities are moving beyond traditional uses of geographic information systems, also known as GIS, and into a wide array of smart, dynamic uses of the burgeoning technology. In Cincinatti, city analysts ex...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

14 January 2019

Mexico City, Mexico

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As air pollution threatens health and lives around the world, several creative solutions have the power to transform this situation. By tracking air quality, improving public transit, and using creative architecture a...

Next City

Audrey F. Henderson

9 January 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Successful public private collaborations promote civic innovations that add value to communities. Programs that bring together nonprofits, tech start-ups, universities, and city leaders are helping Birmingham, Alabama...

CNN

Bill Kirkos

1 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Data-driven policing, higher rates of gun seizures, increased hiring and a focus on improving community trust have positively impacted Chicago police. For second year in a row, the city saw a drop in murder rates, sho...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

10 December 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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PCL Construction is known in the construction industry for being innovative. Most recently, they have begun a push to integrate technology to modernize their company and the industry. By working with software engineer...

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