Humanizing Open Data

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Our focus on context here at Ontodia, is not just about making it easy to create maps and promoting conversations around data – its all towards our ultimate goal of Humanizing Open Data.

Behind each dataset, there’s a story.  Building and construction permits tell stories of urban renewal and gentrification.  311 heating complaints tell stories about delinquent landlords and old infrastructure.  And Vision Zero data records the tragedy of preventable accidents that result in fatalities.

Now that WNYC released the data behind Mean Streets, we want to show the value of community-curated opendata – as we believe open data is not just government datasets about us, for us, and paid by us.

It’s also data published and curated by us.

Because WNYC did not just do a visualization with the raw, anonymous Vision Zero data in the City’s portal and stopped there.  They did the hard work of investigative journalism to reveal the story behind each incident.  Was it a child? What was the reporting from the local papers? What did each location look like in Google Street View?

Already, we created several maps just hours after WNYC released the data.  But we felt that those maps still failed to humanize the data.  So today, we’re releasing another map to focus on the Children of Vision Zero 2014.

It’s a shame the Mean Streets project “was designed to run just thru 2014.”  Wouldn’t it be awesome if the City partnered with WNYC and Vision Zero View had WNYC’s Mean Streets enriched data?

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