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(You can read a ton of insightful posts from Sasha Costanza-Chock's introduction to civic media students)

This Week in Civic Media: "Representing Islam," Thursday 5pm

Park 51Representing Islam, a Civic Media Session this Thursday

  • "Representing Islam", our 9/15 event with Boston College/Berkman Center's Intisar Rabb, Sudanese blogger Amir Ahmad Nasr, and civil rights outreach director of the American Islamic Congress, Nasser Weddady http://cot.ag/nc5hYn

Thursday lunch series kicks off (RSVP req.)

  • Thursday 12:30pm: "Citizen and Professional Media in Italy" with Luca De Biase: http://cot.ag/oNzqAi

Introduction to Civic Media

This Week in Civic Media: MyDotTour highlights youth leadership in Dorchester

From the Center

My Dot Tour

  • @ReganStP: My Dot Tour kicks off today in Fields Corner - add your voice! timenesia.org @deptofplay @civicMIT @DotNews @DorchesterNews
  • Dorchester walking tour strengthening youth leadership skills http://mydottour.org/?page_id=2

AAGO

Hero Reports

  • Cronicas de Heroes moving toward bi-national rollout, creating hero reports along the U.S.-Mexican border http://cot.ag/plXgzP
  • "Heroes in Juarez: Citizens Challenge a City’s Reputation" http://cot.ag/nJXjmA
  • @ernestopriego: Sobre Juárez, Hero Reports y @civicMIT: http://wp.me/pXF0u-hD #vocesmx #SinLugar

Digital Signage in Union Square, Somerville

This Week in Civic Media: Digital signage project "Sameboat" on display in Wisconsin

Sameboat LED sign

From the Center

  • "Wisconsin foundation develops innovative digital signage project with @civicMIT" (Thanks, @michelemclellan!)
  • @knightfdn: Using technology to connect, and keep us human http://kng.ht/pkM7AZ
  • Our friend Mel King was inducted into the New England Civil Rights hall of fame http://cot.ag/pliYPA

News Corp

This Week in Civic Media: Cronicas receives its 1,000th report

Cronicas de Heroes

From the Center: "Cronicas de Heroes"

More from the Center

Permanent reunion: How can the civic media community collaborate throughout the year?

This June's Civic Media Conference was described in glowing terms by so many of you who attended, but no term was as oft-repeated -- and to me, as heartwarming and frustrating -- as the word "reunion".

Why would a reunion be heartwarming and frustrating, assuming you're not meeting your high school sweetheart? Well, we love it that so many past attendees are able to get together again, collaborate again, have a few drinks again. But we hate it that we haven't found a way to keep attendees together, collaborating, and socializing throughout the rest of the year.

That is, in the word "reunion" is an implication that we've been apart.

So I wrote to our 200+ attendees and asked a simple question: how can we better collaborate in person throughout the year? In fact, what already works well in your organization, your community, and your neighborhood?

We got some great responses and want your thoughts in the comment field below:

I would suggest creating a think tank of sorts, a place that people can post their ideas, thoughts, etc, in a casual way so we can share our musings.

We're totally PDF'd: Open state-level datasets still fail to inspire

(Edited to add Max Ogden's recommendation of ScraperWiki to help deal with PDF datasets.)

FACEPALM

Courtesy of a recommendation by John Wonderlich at the Sunlight Foundation, here's a faceted browser/catalog of state- and other-level datasets to explore: http://datos.fundacionctic.org/sandbox/catalog/faceted/

And while the tool itself is indespensible, it highlights the bane of our data-loving existence: tons of state-level data have been posted to data.gov-style sites only as PDFs.

Want to know how the Alabama liquor control board has been spending its money? You'll have to read through forty-five 20+ page PDF'd spreadsheets: http://open.alabama.gov/frmsReport/ReportList.aspx?AppID=GFS&AgencyID=00...

This Week in Civic Media: New Name, Funds, Leader, and Site

New Name, New Funds, New Leader, New Site

  • A kick in the future. @c4fcm is now @civicMIT, reflecting our new moniker
  • @knightfdn announces new round of funding for us: $3.76m over three years
  • Ethan Zuckerman to lead MIT Center for Civic Media http://cot.ag/m8yasp @ethanz #civicmedia
  • #Civicmedia rule number 1: It's all about the Zuckermans. http://cot.ag/mQ2lfu
  • Quietly, sneaking into your life as you think about the #civicmedia conference and #NewsChallenge, is our new site http://civic.mit.edu

MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

Knight Foundation's assessment of the Center for [Future] Civic Media

Coinciding with the announcement of its new $3.76 million investment in the MIT Center for Civic Media, Knight Foundation has published its assessment -- carried out by the Berkman Center's John Palfrey -- of the Center's first four years:

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