Tag: open source

by Miguel Paz

A week after Poderopedia launched its public beta, the response it’s been getting has been huge. So far, close to 800 users have registered on the website; it’s receiving an average of 26 new facts and connections per day; there are request to create local Poderopedia chapters from people in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, […] more »

by Miguel Paz

That’s right: The world did not end when we launched Poderopedia’s Public Beta this Wednesday at 12:12 p.m. in the Chile time zone. So please come in, check out the menu, and grab a bite of our editorial and crowdsourced data journalism website that uses public data, semantic web technology, and network visualizations to map […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The last months for the Poderopedia team have been full of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and learning again in a never-ending iteration process. In the beginning of November, we started our private beta testing with friends and family, fixing bugs and updating the platform in order to release our public beta in December. When […] more »

by Ken Banks

It’s Social Media Week this week, and in recognition of this and our seventh anniversary next month, we’d like to reflect on the role that social media has played in the history and development of FrontlineSMS. ‘Democratization of Development’ In a recent BBC Future article, I wrote about the “democratization of development.” In it, I […] more »

by Nadav Aharony

What three things do you always take with you when you leave your home? Most people would say their keys, their wallet, and their mobile phone. But what if your phone wasn’t just a phone? It already isn’t. At Behavio, we want to help small developers, researchers, data gatherers, and end-users lower the barrier of […] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

September 6 will be both the [PANDA Project’s](http://pandaproject.net/) one-year anniversary, as well as my last day as a full-time developer. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. To celebrate the end of primary development, we’ve spent the last few weeks on spit-and-polish […] more »

by David Cole

New reports gathered by [Internews](http://internews.org/) and their on-the-ground partner [Nai](http://nai.org.af) show that 2011 had the most incidents of violence against journalists in Afghanistan yet, with local news and TV networks experiencing the worst of it. Last year there were 72 cases of violence against journalists, with Kabul being the hardest hit. ![Graph of incidents over […] more »

by Ted Han

We have a lot of projects going on at DocumentCloud, and to serve those goals, we’re looking for others to join us! For those who may be unfamiliar with our project, we’ve included the full details below. DocumentCloud is a web-based platform allowing journalists to upload, analyze, annotate, and publish primary source documents. We want […] more »

by Sara Wylie

Public Lab has spoken a lot on Idea Lab about building “recursive publics,” in which people are knowledgeable about and can reshape the structures that bring them together. But how do you build such a public in practice? Is Public Lab succeeding in building such a project? How should one measure that? What is participation […] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

In a country where only 9 percent of the population has access to the Internet and more than half never uses a television, it’s critical for journalists and organizations supporting the media to understand how people get news and other information. As part of its efforts to support independent journalism in Afghanistan, [Internews](http://www.internews.org/where-we-work/asia/afghanistan) mapped the […] more »