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Guardian Competition: Visualize Open Government Data & Win $2000

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Competition: visualize open government data and win $2,000

What can you do with the thousands of open government datasets? With Google and Open Knowledge Foundation we are launching a competition to find the best dataviz out there. You might even win a prize

A detail from Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch's "Linking Open Data dataset cloud" diagram. How can you visualise any open dataset?

Governments around the world are releasing a tidal wave of open data - on everything from spending through to crime and health. Now you can compare national, regional and city-wide data from hundreds of locations around the world.

But how good is this data? We want to see what you can do with it. What apps and visualisations can you make with this data? We want to see how the data changes the way you see the world.

In conjunction with Google and the Open Knowledge Foundation (who will be helping us judge the results), see if you can win the $2,000 prize.

All we want you to do is to take an open dataset from any government open data website (there's a list of them at the bottom of this article) and visualise it.

You don't have to be a developer to enter this competition - although we are always interested in innovative new approaches to visualising data. The most important categories for us are visualisations that approach the subject in a new way, mashing up unexpected datasets with clear and beautiful visualisation.

Feel free to use any of the links below, or find more if they tell the story better.

Use your imagination: we want to see the best ways of exploring the data using the newest methods you can find. Use existing data visualisation tools - or develop your own new one. We want to be wowed - and educated.

And, coming soon, we will host some amazing events on Google+ hangouts to debate the issues the competition raises.

The competition is open to citizens of the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden. The winner will take home $2,000 and the result will be published on the Guardian Datastore on our Show and Tell site.

For more information please visit The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian

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