Recently I was invited to participate in the California Data Camp and DataSF App Contest hosted by California Watch and spot.us. The unconference would feature lots of discussion about making use of publicly available data sets to improve quality of life. The App Contest challenged developers to choose one of the many data sets available at DataSF.org and build something cool with it in a relatively short period of time.
Long story short — my contest entry, which explores San Francisco’s database of publicly maintained trees and plants, won the competition! Full details, and downloadable source code, available at my Scripts and Utilities site.
Thanks so much to David Cohn of Spot.us and all of the conference organizers and supporters. Thanks also to J-School webmaster for Chuck Harris for his contributions to the project. It was a great day, and winning the competition was a total surprise. Now I just need a city to take the source code and run with it.
spot.us has covered the event live throughout the day.
Huffington Post mentioned django-treedata in Sophisticated Tree Hugging: the Pure Joy of Public Data