I just submitted two proposals to the Knight News Challenge, which is running a competition to look "for new ways of collecting, understanding, visualizing and helping the public use the large amounts of information generated each day."
The proposals that I submitted are:
- Mapping Wikipedia: Understanding Uneven Geographies project aims to create interactive visualisations of Wikipedia that promote participation from under-represented cultures, inform researchers and journalists, and fascinate a general audience. We are building on our existing prototype so that we can ultimately create an easy-to-use tool to visualise Wikipedia's biases and geographies.
- Wikichains: Encouraging Ethical Consumption through Open and Transparent Data project intends to build a user-generated platform that allows people to better understand the histories and geographies of the things that they buy. We plan to employ Semantic Mediawiki technology and multi-platform mobile apps to build an open and free wiki allowing people to share information about any aspect of any commodity chain of any product. It will allow people to make more informed ethical and political decisions about how they spend their money.
Please check them out, comment on them, reblog them, and of course 'like' them. Thanks!