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.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

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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