Community Information Now

turning data into information Texas communities can use to improve our common well-being

Month: October 2017

Viz-a-lyzer Wish List is live

CI:Now has deployed a new tool to allow people to suggest ideas for new indicators, boundaries, and features to add to the Viz-a-lyzer. You can submit your idea and vote on others’ ideas here. And while you’re up anyway, subscribe to our newsletter to hear about new Viz-a-lyzer releases.

Newsletter: NNIP partner meeting, ARDA updates, Data Concepts Made Simple, and Board news

CI:Now’s October 2017 newsletter includes the Fall 2017 NNIP partner meeting, Alamo Regional Data Alliance partnership information and Steering Committee election results, a new installment of Data Concepts Made Simple, and news from our Board of Directors.

Rivard Report: Local Nonprofit Builds Free Data Tool for Community Insight

The Rivard Report‘s Emily Royall, Data Director, wrote an article on CI:Now’s new Viz-a-lyzer and its role in helping San Antonians use data to make better decisions.

She also noted the recent election of the Alamo Regional Data Alliance‘s (ARDA’s) inaugural Steering Committee. ARDA is a key vehicle for local collaboration to improve our community’s data literacy, access to trustworthy data, and data use.

NNIP presentation: An American Community Survey data processing tool

Norma Garza previewed a new data tool at the Fall 2017 partners meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership.  The ACS Playdoh Factory, in the works now by our frequent co-conspirator Jef Waltman, makes it easier to query and aggregate American Community Survey data for custom groupings of variables and geographies. The session video is available on NNIP’s YouTube channel.

NNIP Panel: Your Role in Fostering a Data-Driven Community

Laura McKieran presented with April Urban from Case Western Reserve on rethinking the local data intermediary role in our local communities at the Fall 2017 partners meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. Offering examples from Cleveland and San Antonio (including the Alamo Regional Data Alliance), the session invited partners to think beyond traditional data work and consider how they might help build stronger and more collaborative local data ecosystems in their communities. The session video will be available soon on NNIP’s YouTube channel.