How might residents contribute changes to improve public datasets
I plan to research, prototype, and conduct usability testing for a project focused on building UI components for collaborating on open data. Specifically I'll be focusing on how to suggest, evaluate, & merge changes to a dataset, and making that process achievable for non-technical users.
Open data collaboration
For governments to broadcast data on an open data portal is not enough. Communities must be able to contribute to and improve data when appropriate.
- Describe how users expect to be able to improve open data.
- Evaluate solutions for collaborating on open data through usability testing.
- Describe the challenges residents face in making sense of open data.
- Describe situations in which data publishers should not accept contributions.
- Produce a series of articles about using & collaborating on open data in Seattle
- Prototype UI for making "pull requests" to open datasets
- Prototype improved data explainers to help residents understand data
- Release first major version of seattle.io
I've been working toward this goal by building EditData (previously named Flatsheet), an editor for tabular data.
This work will inform new features being added to EditData as well as seattle.io, a project that provides data & tools for building Seattle-focused apps.
Have thoughts on this project? Here's contact & contribution info: