Think for Good - Hacking Government Open Data

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|'''Title''' || Think for Good: “Hacking” Government Open Data
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|'''Overview''' || Students will visit a government open data portal, assess the findability, readability, and usability of a data set, and articulate a strategy for improving the data set.
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| '''Overview''' || Students will visit a government open data portal, assess the findability, readability, and usability of a data set, and articulate a strategy for improving the data set.
 
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|'''Prerequisite Knowledge''' || None  
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| '''Prerequisite Knowledge''' || None  
 
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|'''Learning Objectives''' ||  
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| '''Learning Objectives''' || The student will be able to:
- Explain the main principles underlying open government
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* Explain the main principles underlying open government
 
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* Assess the findability, readability, and usability of a government open data set
- Assess the findability, readability, and usability of a government open data set
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* Articulate a strategy for improving this government open data set
 
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- Articulate a strategy for improving this government open data set
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=== Background: ===
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=== Background ===
  
- Read the Code for America Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_for_America)
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* Read the Code for America Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_for_America)
- Visit the White House Open Government Initiative website (https://www.whitehouse.gov/open)
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* Visit the White House Open Government Initiative website (https://www.whitehouse.gov/open)
- Browse The Foundation for an Open Source City by Jason Hibbets, available to download for free (donations appreciated) at http://theopensourcecity.com/
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* Browse The Foundation for an Open Source City by Jason Hibbets, available to download for free (donations appreciated) at http://theopensourcecity.com/
  
  
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Empowered participation in open government is only possible if open data is easily findable, readable, and useable. This activity introduces students to the sites, portals and Open Data Sets associated with this topic of the project.
 
Empowered participation in open government is only possible if open data is easily findable, readable, and useable. This activity introduces students to the sites, portals and Open Data Sets associated with this topic of the project.
  
=== Directions: ===
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=== Directions ===
'''What should the student do?'''
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''What should the student do?''
  
 
'''Open Data'''
 
'''Open Data'''
  
- Select the Community (City) you are interested in (for example: City of Boston - Open Data, )
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* Select the Community (City) you are interested in (for example: City of Boston - Open Data, )
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* Search for “Open Government Data” web site on the community of interest
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* Once you are on the Open Data Portal of your community, you should search for categories with an “social justice or humanitarian” theme:
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*# Health (Food Pantries, Hospital Locations, Food Pantries, etc)
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*# Public safety (Crime Incident Reports, Closed Pothole Cases, Crime Incident Reports by Weapon Type, etc)
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*# City Services, (Parking Tickets Portal Web Statistics, etc)
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*# Transportation (Boston Taxi Data, etc)
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* Select a data set you are interested with.
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* '''Collaboration''': Look on how to collaborate to the project.
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* '''Usability & User Friendly''': search for how to use that data in a user friendly way.
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* '''Data visualization''': Field Trip '''DataKind''' (Harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity).
  
- Search for “Open Government Data” web site on the community of interest
 
  
- Once you are on the Open Data Portal of your community, you should search for categories with an “social justice or humanitarian” theme:
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=== Deliverables ===
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''What will the student hand in?''
  
1) Health (Food Pantries, Hospital Locations, Food Pantries, etc)
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# Wiki posting describing your explorations and findings
2) Public safety (Crime Incident Reports, Closed Pothole Cases, Crime Incident Reports by Weapon Type, etc)
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# Documentation on how to contribute
3) City Services, (Parking Tickets Portal Web Statistics, etc)
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# Information on how to create and work on the data in a more user-friendly way
4) Transportation (Boston Taxi Data, etc)
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# Connection to an IRC created by the professor
  
- Select a data set you are interested with.
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=== Assessment ===
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''How will the activity be graded?''
  
- '''Collaboration''': Look on how to collaborate to the project.
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# Participation and contribution to find data about open Government issues in your community.
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# Creation of the wiki.
- '''Usability & User Friendly''': search for how to use that data in a user friendly way.
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# Content (wiki)
  
- '''Data visualization''': Field Trip '''DataKind''' (Harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity).
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''How will learning will be measured?''
  
 
=== Deliverables: ===
 
'''What will the student hand in?'''
 
 
1) Wiki posting describing your explorations and findings
 
2) Documentation on how to contribute
 
3) Information on how to create and work on the data in a more user-friendly way
 
4) Connection to an IRC created by the professor
 
 
=== Assessment: ===
 
'''How will the activity be graded?'''
 
 
1) Participation and contribution to find data about open Government issues in your community.
 
2) Creation of the wiki.
 
3) Content (wiki)
 
 
 
'''How will learning will be measured?'''
 
 
Wiki content, measuring usability, approachability and usability of the Data of the issue (Data visualization)
 
Wiki content, measuring usability, approachability and usability of the Data of the issue (Data visualization)
  
  
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''Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.''
  
Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.
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=== Comments ===
'''What should the instructor know before using this activity?'''
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''What should the instructor know before using this activity?''
  
 
HFOSS philosophy, wiki, IRC
 
HFOSS philosophy, wiki, IRC
  
  
'''What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?'''
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''What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?''
 
   
 
   
 
Lack of knowledge and interest from the students in HFOSS and community activities
 
Lack of knowledge and interest from the students in HFOSS and community activities
  
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|'''ACM Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit''' || What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? [[ACM_Body_of_Knowledge]]
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|'''ACM Topic''' || What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
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| '''ACM Topic''' || What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
 
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|'''Level of Difficulty''' || Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?  
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| '''Level of Difficulty''' || Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?  
 
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|'''Estimated Time to Completion''' ||  How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
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| '''Estimated Time to Completion''' ||  How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
 
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|'''Materials/Environment''' || What does the student need?  Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
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| '''Materials/Environment''' || What does the student need?  Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
 
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|'''Author''' || Who wrote this activity?
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| '''Author''' || Tony, Germinal, Aria
 
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|'''Source''' || Is there another activity on which this activity is based?  If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
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| '''Source''' || Is there another activity on which this activity is based?  If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
 
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|'''License''' || Under which license is this material made available? (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)
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=== Suggestions for Open Source Community ===
 
Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.
 
Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.
  
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Latest revision as of 18:49, 8 March 2017


Title Think for Good: “Hacking” Government Open Data
Overview Students will visit a government open data portal, assess the findability, readability, and usability of a data set, and articulate a strategy for improving the data set.
Prerequisite Knowledge None
Learning Objectives The student will be able to:
  • Explain the main principles underlying open government
  • Assess the findability, readability, and usability of a government open data set
  • Articulate a strategy for improving this government open data set

Background


Are there other activities the student should have done first?

No required activities


What is the rationale for this activity?

Empowered participation in open government is only possible if open data is easily findable, readable, and useable. This activity introduces students to the sites, portals and Open Data Sets associated with this topic of the project.

Directions

What should the student do?

Open Data

  • Select the Community (City) you are interested in (for example: City of Boston - Open Data, )
  • Search for “Open Government Data” web site on the community of interest
  • Once you are on the Open Data Portal of your community, you should search for categories with an “social justice or humanitarian” theme:
    1. Health (Food Pantries, Hospital Locations, Food Pantries, etc)
    2. Public safety (Crime Incident Reports, Closed Pothole Cases, Crime Incident Reports by Weapon Type, etc)
    3. City Services, (Parking Tickets Portal Web Statistics, etc)
    4. Transportation (Boston Taxi Data, etc)
  • Select a data set you are interested with.
  • Collaboration: Look on how to collaborate to the project.
  • Usability & User Friendly: search for how to use that data in a user friendly way.
  • Data visualization: Field Trip DataKind (Harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity).


Deliverables

What will the student hand in?

  1. Wiki posting describing your explorations and findings
  2. Documentation on how to contribute
  3. Information on how to create and work on the data in a more user-friendly way
  4. Connection to an IRC created by the professor

Assessment

How will the activity be graded?

  1. Participation and contribution to find data about open Government issues in your community.
  2. Creation of the wiki.
  3. Content (wiki)

How will learning will be measured?

Wiki content, measuring usability, approachability and usability of the Data of the issue (Data visualization)


Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.

Criteria Level 1 (fail) Level 2 (pass) Level 3 (good) Level 4 (exceptional)
The purpose of the project NO wiki or no content wiki created with description of the data issue and incomplete information on how to reach, measure or use the data Enough information in the wiki but not user friendly Great wiki, excellent language, very user friendly information
Why the project is open source No Open governance data samples or sites Good data but no visualization and analysis OSS tools Good data and visualization OSS tools but not user friendly instructions Great description of the Data and how to use Open Source Software to Visualize and Analyze Data

Comments

What should the instructor know before using this activity?

HFOSS philosophy, wiki, IRC


What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?

Lack of knowledge and interest from the students in HFOSS and community activities

Additional Information

ACM Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
ACM Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
Materials/Environment What does the student need? Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
Author Tony, Germinal, Aria
Source Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
License Under which license is this material made available? (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)

Suggestions for Open Source Community

Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.



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