In the spirit of "show > tell", I spent a good chunk of last week building a prototype site for my civilometer proposal for the Knight Foundation's news challenge. Please check it out and support us on twitter, facebook and google! Tweets with the #newschallenge hashtag would be particularly appreciated.
Here's the link: www.civilometer.com
Here's a screenshot:
|A screenshot, for your viewing enjoyment.|
There's *a lot* that you could do with all this data. My hope is that by building a public site (rather than hiding our findings in obscure academic journals) we can inject a bit more accountability into public discourse. I'm really excited about the chance to build something genuinely productive with the research I've been doing the last five years of my life.
To make all this happen, I've applied for a grant from the Knight foundation. Part of their judging criteria is public support. Judging is happening right now. (*bites nails in trepidation*). If you like this idea, please head over to the site (www.civilometer.com), and tweet, like, and share the idea with everyone you know.
Warning: the site looks best in recent versions of Firefox and Chrome. I haven't really tested it on IE, or Safari. It looks decent on my kindle, though! If we get funded, I'll make sure it looks good for all you you poor corporate Microsoft slaves as well.