We The Data:
I don’t know exactly what this is, but I know it is cool. You don’t hear me say that very often. Mostly because if I can’t figure out something more precise to say, I usually won’t share it. So let me instead fumble around and tell you how I know it is cool, even if I can’t figure out what it does!
They have worthy goals.
They have great people.
They share incredible information.
They sponsor mind-blowing projects.
They tell wonderful stories.
They have a delicious blog & wonderful videos. (And the site is beautiful visual poetry.)
They are passionate.
They care about the things I care about.
They collaborate & crowdsource.
In their words:
“WE THE DATA is a hub of conversation, news, and events celebrating innovative communities who are each focused on democratizing data in their own way. Our goal is to spark synergy among people and organizations who are tackling a nexus of interdependent Core Challenges and collectively giving rise to the Gutenburg press of our era: flows of data that are at once more fluid and more trustworthy, new and more accessible tools for analysis and visualization, and vehicles of communication and collaboration that help communities come together to gain a voice, mobilize resources, coordinate action, and create the ventures of the future.”
But the most important thing they say, and which they examine at forest/tree/leaf levels, from many points of view, and in different facets, is this:
“Currently, most personal data is gathered by large institutions and corporations who keep it for their own purposes. We are interested in fostering a conversation around core challenges for empowering a much more decentralized approach – where individuals retain more control over their personal data, collaboratively discover its value and directly benefit from it.”