Media organizations team together to host Data Camp and Data Contest

October 2, 2009 - The Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch project, Spot.Us, MAPLight.org, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and the Sunlight Foundation have teamed up to sponsor the first California Data Camp & DataSF App Contest on November 7, 2009.

The one day gathering is open to developers, journalists, community organizers, policy wonks, students and others interested in working with government data to provide insights and information into California and its communities. A variety of issues will be tackled including computer-assisted reporting, data visualization, data access, data transparency, and data management...

“Maps bring to life complex data that's otherwise hidden in excel spreadsheets, making the abstract meaningful and identifiable. Simply, maps make the intangible, tangible," said MAPLight.org’s executive director Daniel Newman. "In the spirit of true participatory democracy MAPLight.org is proud to support this project and development of the next killer transparency app."

For full release:

http://tinyurl.com/DataSF-App-Contest