Hacking Education: A Contest for Developers and Data Crunchers

Ten years ago, a teacher in the Bronx launched DonorsChoose.org. Since then, more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools have posted over 300,000 classroom project requests, inspiring $80,000,000 in giving from 400,000 donors.

We’ve opened up that data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape your school system’s budget by revealing what teachers really need. Build the first mobile app for hyper-local education philanthropy. We’ve got a list of suggestions to help get you thinking.

Five Great University Campus Maps
Amid the height of “March Madness” from the NCAA basketball tournament in the US and the end of the spring break, it’s a good time to look at  campus maps and how students are getting around these days. As  universities continue to grow, finding the location of a class is  becoming more difficult. Fortunately for today’s students, our Geo APIs  can help make campus navigation a lot easier.

Five Great University Campus Maps

Amid the height of “March Madness” from the NCAA basketball tournament in the US and the end of the spring break, it’s a good time to look at campus maps and how students are getting around these days. As universities continue to grow, finding the location of a class is becoming more difficult. Fortunately for today’s students, our Geo APIs can help make campus navigation a lot easier.
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Peace Corps Rising

Fifty years ago 51 Americans arrived in Ghana to “promote world peace  and friendship.” Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers—ages 18 to  86, some now diplomats and politicians—have served in 139 nations.
But the Peace Corps is no fame game or numbers story; it’s a sign of  the times. Historian Stanley Meisler says participation dipped as the  Nixon Vietnam era “took the shine off doing something for the U.S.” As  memories faded, the luster of service returned. Now, on the group’s  golden anniversary, Oval Office support and recession woes are lifting  enlistment.

Peace Corps Rising

Fifty years ago 51 Americans arrived in Ghana to “promote world peace and friendship.” Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers—ages 18 to 86, some now diplomats and politicians—have served in 139 nations.

But the Peace Corps is no fame game or numbers story; it’s a sign of the times. Historian Stanley Meisler says participation dipped as the Nixon Vietnam era “took the shine off doing something for the U.S.” As memories faded, the luster of service returned. Now, on the group’s golden anniversary, Oval Office support and recession woes are lifting enlistment.

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The 40-year history of ebooks

This infographic by Piotr Kowalczyk illustrates the 40-year history of ebooks.  In the minds of many, digital reading has only been around for a few  years. I’ve been reading books on PDAs since the year 2000, and there  are people who’ve been reading on mobile devices for even longer; my own  father has been doing this since the 80s. Thought ebooks were new?  Think again–they’ve been around since 1971.

The 40-year history of ebooks

This infographic by Piotr Kowalczyk illustrates the 40-year history of ebooks. In the minds of many, digital reading has only been around for a few years. I’ve been reading books on PDAs since the year 2000, and there are people who’ve been reading on mobile devices for even longer; my own father has been doing this since the 80s. Thought ebooks were new? Think again–they’ve been around since 1971.

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datamynah:

Wikipedia’s category structure contrasted with the Dewey Decimal System
found via David McCandless’ Reader feed.
Original source: Places & Spaces - which has a fantastic array of complex maps, infographics, data visualisations - from 1482!!

datamynah:

Wikipedia’s category structure contrasted with the Dewey Decimal System

found via David McCandless’ Reader feed.

Original source: Places & Spaces - which has a fantastic array of complex maps, infographics, data visualisations - from 1482!!

Reblogged 3 years ago from datamynah
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Japan Earthquake Graphic: Monitoring a meltdownA look at the most damaged Japanese nuclear plant, the Fukishima Daiichi complex.
Photos: Crisis deepens in JapanJapan Earthquake Graphic: The battered coastlineGraphic: Nuclear plant blasts Graphic: Meltdown fears: Inside a boiling water reactor Graphic: Disaster in Japan ­ The Aftermath Videos of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

nationalpost:

Japan Earthquake Graphic: Monitoring a meltdown
A look at the most damaged Japanese nuclear plant, the Fukishima Daiichi complex.

Photos: Crisis deepens in Japan
Japan Earthquake Graphic: The battered coastline

Graphic: Nuclear plant blasts
Graphic: Meltdown fears: Inside a boiling water reactor
Graphic: Disaster in Japan ­ The Aftermath
Videos of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

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Solo – bringing beauty to Project Management

Solo is a new, stunningly  designed project management app. The UI is a serious work of beauty.

Solo – bringing beauty to Project Management

Solo is a new, stunningly designed project management app. The UI is a serious work of beauty.

Posted 3 years ago
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Best of Digital News Design Winners

This year the Society for News Design reinvented its annual digital competition in a big way. With new categories and divisions, we sought to showcase  the very best our industry has to offer, from photography to iPhone apps  and way beyond.

Best of Digital News Design Winners

This year the Society for News Design reinvented its annual digital competition in a big way. With new categories and divisions, we sought to showcase the very best our industry has to offer, from photography to iPhone apps and way beyond.

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What People are doing Online
The Internet today is a motley mix of many different kinds of users. Some are active contributors, others adopt a more laid back attitude, and the rest are mere spectators or even, inactive members.Knowing the demographics of the different classes of online users can provide valuable insights into the online community. And this can help in devising the perfect strategy to reach out to them in the best way possible.

altafrahman:

What People are doing Online

The Internet today is a motley mix of many different kinds of users. Some are active contributors, others adopt a more laid back attitude, and the rest are mere spectators or even, inactive members.
Knowing the demographics of the different classes of online users can provide valuable insights into the online community. And this can help in devising the perfect strategy to reach out to them in the best way possible.

Reblogged 3 years ago from altafrahman
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What is Data Visualization?

As data visualization is still new, we find ourselves explaining what  it is rather often. We sat down and thought of a diagram we could show  to people confused by what we do.
In essence, data visualization  is a new pluri-disciplinary domain, where different expertises blend and  overlap — it mixes different perspectives, and that is what we wanted  to represent.

What is Data Visualization?

As data visualization is still new, we find ourselves explaining what it is rather often. We sat down and thought of a diagram we could show to people confused by what we do.

In essence, data visualization is a new pluri-disciplinary domain, where different expertises blend and overlap — it mixes different perspectives, and that is what we wanted to represent.

Posted 3 years ago
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Tsunami Energy Map

The Honshu tsunami was generated by a Mw  8.9 earthquake (38.322°N, 142.369°E ), at 05:46 UTC, 130 km (80 miles) E  of Sendai, Honshu, Japan (according to the USGS). In approximately 3 hours, the tsunami was first recorded at DART® buoy 32412.  Forecast results shown below were created  with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data.

Tsunami Energy Map

The Honshu tsunami was generated by a Mw 8.9 earthquake (38.322°N, 142.369°E ), at 05:46 UTC, 130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan (according to the USGS). In approximately 3 hours, the tsunami was first recorded at DART® buoy 32412. Forecast results shown below were created with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data.

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The Hardest-Working Bands in the World

Which bands performed the most gigs, and traveled the furthest, in 2010?

The Hardest-Working Bands in the World

Which bands performed the most gigs, and traveled the furthest, in 2010?

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Creative Commons Facts & Figures
Take a glance at where we are in 2011. Be a hero and help these figures grow by donating now or shopping in our store.

Creative Commons Facts & Figures

Take a glance at where we are in 2011. Be a hero and help these figures grow by donating now or shopping in our store.
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MondoWindow Shows You What You Are Seeing Below When Flying

MondoWindow is a new site that  aims to help you overcome this coastal elitism. If your flight offers  Wi-Fi service, you can log in to the MondoWindow site from the air, type  in your flight number and airline, and be instantly served a bunch of  data on where you are. You get a zoomable satellite image of the terrain  below you, with links to items of interest on the ground, pulling  geo-tagged content from Flickr, Wikipedia and the site founder’s own  research.

MondoWindow Shows You What You Are Seeing Below When Flying

MondoWindow is a new site that aims to help you overcome this coastal elitism. If your flight offers Wi-Fi service, you can log in to the MondoWindow site from the air, type in your flight number and airline, and be instantly served a bunch of data on where you are. You get a zoomable satellite image of the terrain below you, with links to items of interest on the ground, pulling geo-tagged content from Flickr, Wikipedia and the site founder’s own research.

Posted 3 years ago
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Wondrous, detailed map of the history of science fiction

Artist Ward Shelley's  brilliant map of the history of science fiction from 2009 is a kind of  interestingness black hole whose event horizon captured me for several  hours this morning as I pored over the diagram and the arguments it  makes about the history and origins of science fiction. I don't agree  with every conclusion illustrated here, but thinking about them made me  reconsider a lot of cherished beliefs.

Wondrous, detailed map of the history of science fiction

Artist Ward Shelley's brilliant map of the history of science fiction from 2009 is a kind of interestingness black hole whose event horizon captured me for several hours this morning as I pored over the diagram and the arguments it makes about the history and origins of science fiction. I don't agree with every conclusion illustrated here, but thinking about them made me reconsider a lot of cherished beliefs.

Posted 3 years ago
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