Open Data Discourse Launches "Street Safety Challenge"

On Nov 21st, Open Data Discourse -- a DUSP student led initiative -- launched the Street Safety Challenge. 

The Open Data Discourse: Street Safety Challenge invites creative responses to open, public data from the city of Cambridge about traffic accidents (including pedestrian, cyclist, and motor vehicles) and encourages participants to use their talents and skills in data visualization, performance art, design, and story-telling to inform public policies.  Entries that advance the public safety policy discussion and are inspired by the open data made available will be accepted in any form, limited only by the creativity of the participants.  Our hope is that Open Data Discourse will generate creative policy solutions and help Cambridge make data-driven decisions. We believe that, by engaging citizens, from artists and storytellers to data scientists, we are broadening avenues for civic participation.

The Open Data Discourse:  Street Safety Challenge will run from November 21 to December 30, 2014. For more information see the project website.  The Street Safety Challenge is sponsored by Open Data Discourse, Microsoft, Dept of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, Center for Civic Media, Senseable Cities, and the Lab for Regional Innovation and Spatial Analysis. Data is provided by the City of Cambridge Open Data Portal.

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