Tag: open source

by Jerry Hall

How would you use the CivicArchive – an open, aggregated, searchable, and accessible national collection of municipal records? Prototyping a Concept In 2013, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Prototype Fund, we set out to prove that one could alert people when local government mentioned keywords of interest in their […] more »

by Jonathan Stray

There are some amazing algorithms coming out the computer science community which promise to revolutionize how journalists deal with large quantities of information. But building a tool that journalists can use to get stories done takes a lot more than algorithms. Closing this gap has been one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of […] more »

by Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño

Timely images of a situation add a lot of context to the story, from showing flooding to capturing political demonstrations, to seeing deforestation. What if you could get imagery from a satellite, of any event, anywhere in the world, in real time? Traditionally this is not just expensive — imagery is really hard to process […] more »

by Rich Gordon

In the community of media and journalism innovators, it is commonly accepted that releasing software with an open-source license is the best way to maximize the chance that others will use your code. Yet, by any measure, the vast majority of open-source software goes nowhere. That’s why we’ve spent some time at Knight Lab trying […] more »

by Caitria O’Neill

I work for a civic technology startup in San Francisco, but I’m a small-town native who works daily with small to midsized communities. As such, when I read or hear about the latest “answer” to civic problems, created by a team of geniuses and piloted in one of the largest cities in the country, I’m […] more »

by Nadav Aharony

The Behavio team is very happy to announce a major version update to Funf, our open-source mobile sensing framework, accompanied by respective updates to Funf’s two user-facing components (Funf Journal and Funf In A Box). In the time since our last major version update (Funf 0.3) last year, we’ve had a chance to see how […] more »

by Dan Sinker

Back at the Hacks/Hackers Media Party in Buenos Aires, I announced the creation of Code Sprints — funding opportunities to build open-sourced tools for journalism. We used Code Sprints to fund a collaboration between WNYC in New York and KPCC in Southern California to build a parser for election night XML data that ended up […] more »

by Jeffrey Warren

This post was co-authored with [Becki Chall](http://publiclaboratory.org/people/becki), also from Public Lab [Public Lab](http://publiclaboratory.org) is structured like many open-source communities, with a non-profit hosting and coordinating the efforts of a broader, distributed community of contributors and members. However, we are in the unique position that our community creates innovative open-source hardware projects — tools to measure […] more »

by Shannon Dosemagen

This post was co-written by Public Lab organizer Chris Fastie. During the BP oil spill in 2010, as aerial mappers walked coastlines and boated waterways to document environmental impacts, we encountered tarry clumps in the sand or reddish clayey masses floating around the boat. We often weren’t sure whether these objects were crude oil from […] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

Next week [200-plus people will meet](http://fedgeoday.com/) in Washington, D.C., to talk about the latest geospatial technologies and how to break down barriers to get new — and open-source — tools into the government. The government is not usually known for being on the cutting edge of technology, though efforts are improving, and this is particularly […] more »