OPEN GOVERNMENT -- An all-day "Data Camp & DataSF App Contest"—for $10 including dinner—will welcome developers, journalists, community
organizers, policy wonks, students and "others interested in working
with government data to provide insights and information into
California and its communities," in San Francisco on Saturday, November 7, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has announced.

CIR's California Watch project,
Spot.Us, MAPLight.org, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and the
Sunlight Foundation are co-sponsoring the event
.

A variety of issues will be tackled
including computer-assisted reporting, data visualization, data access,
data transparency, and data management. “This will be a great opportunity to share ideas and brainstorm
about ways to use data and technology to bring more transparency and
accountability to local, regional and statewide reporting,” said Mark
Katches, Editorial Director of California Watch, a new reporting team
within CIR that is devoted to statewide watchdog reporting.

There will also be a day-long app-building contest using
DataSF.org., the clearinghouse of data sets created by the city and
county of San Francisco. The winning team will be awarded a prize. “Who knows what could be created out of the Data SF App contest? It
could bring us a great new tool to improve civic life by shining a
light on public data,” said Spot.Us founder David Cohn.

“When government makes data available online for anybody to build
over, you can see how government works and where the money goes. That's
really good for democracy and for San Francisco,” said Craigslist’s
Newmark.

“Maps bring to life complex data that's otherwise hidden in excel
spreadsheets, making the abstract meaningful and identifiable.

Simply,
maps make the intangible, tangible," said MAPLight.org’s executive
director Daniel Newman. "In the spirit of true participatory democracy
MAPLight.org is proud to support this project and development of the
next killer transparency app."

The event will be held at Citizen Space, 425 Second Street, San
Francisco and runs from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. To
register, visit http://datacamp.eventbrite.com/.