Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at
ben@jcci.org, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Data Visualizations and Interface

We mentioned Dr. Hans Rosling's TED presentation earlier (he's the developer of gapminder.org).

Here's another presentation from TED -- this one taking us to a new level of thinking about computers, how people interface with computers, and what the possibilities are. Stick with the video, because about five minutes into the demonstration Dr. Jeff Han picks up where Dr. Rosling left off, and then he takes us into a new way to think about interacting with mapping technology.

I got the following out of the presentation:

1. New technology is really cool, and we have no idea what's coming next.

2. We need to think differently about how people can intuitively access, display, and manipulative information. Mouse-and-keyboard controls are much too complicated and limiting.

3. We live in a 3-D world -- why should we restrict data displays to two dimensions?

Check out the video, and see if you think the possibilities are as exciting as I do.

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