Visualise open government data and win $2,000

Governments from all around the world are releasing tons of information every day under the open data laws. Creating something out of that information can make you $2,000 richer. The Guardian newspaper, in collaboration with the open knowledge foundation and Google are offering a prize for the best visualisation.

The competition is open to citizens of the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden.

As a good Spaniard I will dig into my governments data and post my finding and frustrations in the blog. I have written I quick tick list of the steps I will follow:

  1. Find an open data set from any governmental website or download key datasets via datacatalogs.org 
  2. Read the guidelines here
  3. Be creative and find new ways of making the information come alive!
  4. Be as innovative as my limited It skills will allow me to and use the latest tools and resources with the help of some nerdy friends that I love to pieces.
  5. Get a Google+ account and do a “hang out” with them sometime soon.
  6. Fill in the entry form and hope for the best 🙂
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