Do you like taking part in hackathons? Are you a fan of open data? Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Then you should consider taking part in a hackathon on Open Data Day this coming Saturday, February 22.
The idea is to bring together developers, designers, statisticians or anybody at all who wants to "write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments," as the organizers wrote.
Hackathons in 110 cities around the world have already been organized, including cities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. A couple of groups have even organized online events, if you can't make it to one of these cities to participate.
In the United States, Open Data Day coincides with CodeAcross 2014, a weekend of events organized by Code for America dedicated to improving communities through open data. This year's CodeAcross has a theme of "Beyond Transparency" and they've suggested that events address one or more of these challenges:
The Open Data Inventory - What data does your city currently make open?
Open Data Policy - Help your city officials create and/or implement an open data policy
Open Civic Data Scraper - Help to code scrapers in Python to be used as part of the Open Civic Data Project to harvest public data that is currently shared on websites but not downloadable in a common format
If you take part in one these events, have fun! Also, if you live in Australia - or are stationed in Antarctica - it's still not too late to put together a hackathon so all the continents are covered!
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