Via Britt Bravo
Do you have an idea for how a mashup could be a tool for social change?
Can you imagine a way to combine data that would increase awareness around an issue?
NetSquared, a project of TechSoup, is awarding a share of $100,000 in prize money, and a trip to the NetSquared Conference, to the top 20 winners of the NetSquared Mashup Challenge. You don't need to have tech expertise to submit a project to the Challenge, just an idea for a change you want to make that could be facilitated by a mashup.
Wikipedia defines a mashup as, "a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool." So, for example, MAPLight.org brings together campaign contribution data and legislators' voting records to raise awareness about the connection between money and politics.
Submit your idea for a mashup with social impact by MARCH 14, 2008 at 5 PM PST. Submission forms are available at http://www.netsquared.org/mashup
As you know, I do the weekly roundup of NpTech for NetSquared and they've just asked me to work on another project related to this MashUp contest - to pull together a resource list.
So, if you were teaching a workshop called "So You Wanna Build A Mashup?," what resources would you include on a organized list of resources? Some categories:
- General definitions and examples:
- API sources: (point to places where one finds open APIs)
- Data Sources: (pointer to open data sources that would be relevant)