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1 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts William Mass Director, Center for Industrial Competitiveness Associate Professor, Regional Economic and Social Development & Georges Grinstein Director, Institute for Visualization and Perception Research Professor, Computer Science University of Massachusetts Lowell Charlotte Kahn Director, Boston Indicators Project The Boston Foundation The Open Indicators Consortium: A Local, Regional & National Resource

2 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Outline Overview of Open Indicators Consortium Description of project Demonstrations

3 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Open Indicators Consortium Members: Founding Members 1.Metro Boston/Boston, MA (MAPC & Boston Indicators Project) 2.Metro Atlanta/Atlanta, GA (Neighborhood Nexus Partnership) 3.Arizona, Innovation and County Indicators (AZ State U.) 4.Metro Chicago/Chicago, IL (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) 5.Columbus/Central Ohio, (Community Research Partners) 6.Connecticut (CERC & State Agencies) 7.Rhode Island (RI Dept. of Education, Providence Plan)

4 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts The fundamental goal Enable data visualization of any available data anywhere by anyone for any purpose (under controls) –to provide data visibility and increase access –to increase data understanding and knowledge –to support exploration and comparisons –to enable planning and accountability –to support communication and collaboration –to enable innovation and creativity –to facilitate data dissemination and distribution –to solve complex problems needing multiple people and organizations

5 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts

6 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts

7 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts

8 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Current Releases and Demos Founding members have a release with their own data for mapping and data visualization Agile development process (release every 4 weeks with continuous user feedback)

9 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Diverse Local/Regional/State Partnerships Capacity Building & Collaboration: CBOs, regional councils, community foundations, state agencies –Atlanta: Office of University-Community Partnerships at Emory University, Community Foundation of Atlanta, Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site, Atlanta Regional Commission, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia State University, Atlanta Regional Health Forum, City of Atlanta –Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning partners with Chicago Community Trust –Columbus: Community Research Partners collaborates with Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) –Connecticut: CT Economic Resource Center, DataHaven, Graustein Memorial Fund, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, CT Early Childhood Education Cabinet –Rhode Island: Rhode Island Department of Primary and Secondary Education partners with The Providence Plan

10 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Open Indicators Consortium Growth EXAMPLES of Potential Future Members, Affiliates, Beta Testers 1)National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership at the Urban Institute (30 US cities) 2)New England community foundations 3)The Harlem Children’s Zone 4)Indiana State Data Center 5)The Children’s Trust (Miami) 6)Community Research Institute (Grand Rapids, MI) 7)Quality of Life Indicators (Jacksonville, FL) 8)The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

11 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts The UMass Lowell Team Computer Science Department –4 Professors –1 Postdoctoral student –6 Graduate students –3 Undergraduate students Regional Economic and Social Development Department –2 Professors –4 Graduate students Staff –2 Staff (Administrative & Technical) with diverse industry experience –1 Technical writer Faculty and graduate students have degrees from US, China, India, Israel and many also have successful commercial software experience

12 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Consortium Activity Members’ Communications: Semi-annual in-person meetings Weekly updates Conference calls every 2 weeks State-of-the-art on-line communication Software Development: Development of Weave (Web-based Analysis & Visualization Environment) Branding/Marketing: OpenIndicators.com, org, us… Demos, new partners, data providers, fundraising

13 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Achievements in Current Releases High performance –High level of interactivity (fast response time) –Broad usability support (e.g., choices for color deficient individuals) Visual tools to enable deep analysis and critical thinking –Several types of visualizations on the same page –Linked visualizations (selections in one highlighted in others) Flexible platform for web page look and feel

14 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Second-Year Development and Innovation Personalization –saving of multiple states and preferences Collaborative visual tools –enable joint analysis from multiple sites Integrated voice chat Tools for flexible web site configuration Controlled and secure user and data access Ontology and Middleware – support search for comparisons across OIC member and National Data Commons sites Software architecture is already designed to support the feature developments described above

15 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts Open Indicators Software Innovation Software will be released in October 2010 as an open source resource for non-profits and public agencies Contains valuable technological innovation: – MicroAPIs – Incremental Compression of Shape Files – Continuous Zoom – Visualization Flexibility – Session History – Collaboration –And much more on the data side

16 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts World-Class Indicator Tools Early user evaluation of user interface in Year II –Valuable, high-impact role within the Agile product development process Weave-supported nested indicators –Same or similar indicators from detailed granular to high level geographies (from census tract to international comparisons) –Development of special new features such as Dashboard and Scorecard report generation

17 Open Indicators Consortium ©2007 University of Massachusetts©2009 University of Massachusetts DEMO: New capacity for nested data & analysis Priority Demos for today –Rhode Island: Educational Performance by School –Boston: Educational Attainment by Demographic Sub-Group by Census Tract –Boston: Foreclosures by Parcel (or any individual data point such as students or crime incidents, access permitting) –Boston: Foreclosures by Census Tract –Boston: Educational Attainment by Demographic Sub-Group by Census Tract –US Counties: Educational Attainment by Age and Gender Other Relevant Demos –New England: Analysis & Comparisons by Municipality, Watershed Sub-Basin, Voting District –States: Trend Lines, Obesity Rates –Nations: CO 2 per capita, Health Indicators


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