Think for Good - Hacking Government Open Data

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Title Name of the activity
Overview High level description of what the student will do
Prerequisite Knowledge What topics and tools does the student need to know prior to beginning this activity?
Learning Objectives What should the student be able to do after completing this activity?



Is there background reading material?

Are there other activities the student should have done first?

What is the rationale for this activity?

Include helpful hints to faculty here.


What should the student do?


What will the student hand in?

Wiki posting describing your explorations and findings.

Documentation on how to contribute- Information on how to create and work on the data in a more user friendly way..

Connection to an IRC created by the professor


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


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 -
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 Who wrote this activity?
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? (

Suggestions for Open Source Community:

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

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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