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.


Friday, April 4, 2008

"Free Harmonized Data to the People"

As long as I'm mentioning DataPlace (see previous post), I should point out this talk on video from Troy Anderson.

Here's Google's abstract of Troy's Tech Talk:

Organizing the world's information is great, but you end up with a lot of GIGO. While technology can clean up some things, without human intervention, you're still going to be left wanting. See what happens when cleaned up geodata meets some of the more pressing problems facing society today; and the humorous, or less humorous side, of what happens when you don't bother.

Check it out.

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