Tag: Latvia

by Kristofs Blaus

A few months ago, we became the largest crowdsourced journalism project in Latvia to date. We reached 2% of the general population and gathered unique data. However, to generate the data and launch the survey we had to program, design and test the system for weeks and invest several thousand dollars in it. The experience [...] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

As we mentioned in a previous post, this spring we at SocMap.com discovered the best path for further development — namely, by creating small, specialized map apps. The first application of this kind was our HotBills app, which allowed journalists to reach 2% of the population for their investigation and uncover facts which were mere [...] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

SocMap.com is pleased to announce that we’ve launched the “tweets” and “places” features on our site, and we hope to debut “local initiatives,” “local questions,” and a city-planning game on February 1st. SocMap, a 2010 Knight News Challenge winner, is building a map-based interface for location-related data such as tweets, local initiatives, local news, public [...] more »

by Victoria Fine

While the holiday season gears up around the world, we at the Tiziano Project are throwing ourselves into the festivities by kicking off three new programs on different continents. We just began the remote component of a new training in Palestine, as well as an after-school program in South Central Los Angeles. Finally, our team [...] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

ManaBalss.lv, a social initiative framework similar to Avaaz.org and Change.org, aims to let people bring their ideas into the agenda initiatives for parliaments or state institutions. It was launched in Latvia at the start of July. It stands out with its user-friendly interface and integrated functionality for all involved parties — the users, administrators and [...] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

Some say that the last place where true democracy existed were the city-states of Ancient Greece. They had it all: Direct communication between citizens and public officials, complete transparency, minimal corruption. Time passed and the population increased dramatically, which in part meant that public officials fell out of touch with the people who put them [...] more »

by David Sasaki

OK, So you’ve got your own blog. You’ve started taking pictures and posting them online. But what’s more, you’ve also trained some of your friends, family, and neighbors how to publish online. And, via the blogosphere, you’ve been able to get to know others in your city who you otherwise never would have met. Great! [...] more »