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.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Real Time Rome

Here's a great post over at O'Reilly Radar on using cell phones to track real-time traffic movement in Rome.

More and more opportunities to use non-traditional data sources to map and analyze information are coming. I share this one because of one of the comments.

In the article, Brady Forrest asks, "Would you put up with your location being (formally) tracked in exchange for this service?"

A respondent replies, "Wrong question. The correct question is: 'How can we anonomyse the data so that we can obtain the advantages of this service without compromising privacy?'"

Are we ready to assume (with this respondent) that all that can be used for data, will be used for data, and put our efforts into assuring sufficient anonymity/privacy protection for all?

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