• Lab
  • AndroidForMobile Foundation at
    HOME
              
    LATEST STORY
    In Winnipeg, micropayments aren’t generating big money, but they’re serving as a top-of-the-funnel strategy
    ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
    Sept. 26, 2012, 10:43 a.m.
    Mobile & Apps

    New York Times, Washington Post developers team up to create Open Elections database

    Standardized state-by-state elections database gets a Knight News Challenge boost.

    Calling all data hounds!

    Senior developers from and are looking for volunteers to help collect more than 10 years of federal elections data from each state. With their help — and $200,000 in Knight News Challenge funding — and are working on creating a free, comprehensive source of official U.S. election results.

    The goal is to end up with electoral data that can then be linked to different types of data sets — campaign finance, voter demographics, legislative histories, and so on — in ways that previously haven’t been possible on this scale.

    Tumgoren, of The Washington Post, says the idea for came from “mutual frustration that there is no single, free source of data — and more importantly, nicely standardized data.” Soothing this frustration isn’t necessarily going to be pretty. The task of finding state elections data — at least some of which will be a godawful, inextricable mess — will require some “brute-forcing,” Tumgoren says.

    “If you look at Mississippi’s data, they make me not very happy — they make me sad, in fact,” Tumgoren said. “Just a sampling of a few states I randomly picked, they run the gambit from pretty good to oh-my-God-how-are-we-going-to-get-this-data.”

    Tumgoren estimates it will take about two years to get to where he wants Open Elections to be, but the entire process will be open to the public. As data comes in, the team will clean it up, put it in a standardized format, and share it. What that format will be is still up in the air — as are many of the details, which Tumgoren says they’ll have to figure out as they begin to get a better sense of the state of the data they’ll get.

    “There are going to be some states like Virginia that are wonderful and have very clean data,” Tumgoren said. “Other places — we don’t even know which ones yet — data is going to be less accessible because it’s not centralized or it’s in formats like image PDF.”

    For now, Open Elections is building the infrastructure to begin collecting and sorting data. As they recruit volunteers, they’ll be looking for people who can dig up U.S. Senate, House, presidential, and gubernatorial elections results from the past 10 years or so.

    “This is such a big project we’re limiting the scope initially,” Tumgoren said. “Governor, Senate, House, president: Whatever else we can get, we’re not going to turn our noses up at it.” While they may not be able to clean up, link, and standardize data from other races, Tumgoren says his team will still work to centralize it.

    “It’s just an untapped resource,” Tumgoren said. “The ability to do this is very limited right now. We almost don’t know what we don’t know. I have a vague sense of some of the questions I’d like to ask but I bet there are tons of journalists and developers who are going to think of things that never even occurred to me. The possibilities for so-called data mashups are limitless.”

    Photo by used under a Creative Commons license.

    POSTED     Sept. 26, 2012, 10:43 a.m.
    SEE MORE ON Mobile & Apps
    PART OF A SERIES     Knight News Challenge 2012
    SHARE THIS STORY
       
     
    Join the 45,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
    In Winnipeg, micropayments aren’t generating big money, but they’re serving as a top-of-the-funnel strategy
    Three years in, the Winnipeg Free Press’ attempt to get readers to pay by the article is still producing less than $100,000 a year — but it also produces data that allows for more targeted upsell efforts.
    Democrats see most news outlets as unbiased. Republicans think they’re almost all biased.
    Plus: Facebook expands its fact-checking program; for one thing, it now covers photos and video.
    The Appeal focuses on an often undercovered aspect of criminal justice: local prosecutors
    The site, recently rebranded from In Justice Today, wants to shine a light on a more mysterious part of the legal system by focusing on local prosecutors and criminal justice policy.
    красивые детские платья

    посмотреть

    iwashka.com.ua/katalog-tovarov/zhenskaya-gigiena/laktacionnye-prokladki-vkladyshi/