News you can use from the Open Indicators Consortium

Please join us in March at the Ethos Roundtable!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Featured guests: Georges Grinstein and Mary Beth Smrtic, Open Indicators Consortium

We'll have more details as soon as our featured guests send them along, but in the meantime, here's a little bit about the consortium:
"The Open Indicators Consortium is an international consortium dedicated to improving access to data about communities and regions. The Consortium is developing an open source software system for the analysis and visualization of economic, social and environmental indicators at the neighborhood, municipal, county, regional, national and international levels. The effort is led by University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty members Georges Grinstein (Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Institute for Visualization and Perception Research) and William Mass (Director of the Center for Industrial Competitiveness), and by Charlotte Kahn, Director of the Boston Indicators Project at the Boston Foundation.

"The mission of the Open Indicators Consortium is to transform publicly available data into visually compelling and actionable indicators, to inform public policy, research and decision making. The Consortium brings together technical and academic experts, data providers and users, to create and sustain a highly interactive, high-performance, open source platform for measures, indicators and data. Numerous tools are available and being developed for personalization, customization, collaboration, uploading data sets, session history, and generating modern interactive web-based reports."

And when the Open Indicators Consortium promises you "visually compelling and actionable indicators," they are not making frivolous promises. I've already seen a demo, and can assure that this is amazing and powerful software for individuals and organizations that care about positive social change.

At the conclusion of our Ethos Roundtable session, we will stroll down the hall to enjoy the good company, charming venue, and free food at the 501 Tech Club, which is generously underwritten by TechFoundation. The 501 Tech Club is the monthly gathering of technology professionals who work with nonprofit organizations.

All Ethos Roundtable attendees are welcome at the Boston 501 Tech Club, and vice versa.

Please remember that there's never any need to make a reservation to attend Ethos Roundtable events. Just come if you can, and feel free to invite others! However, if you're planning to attend the Boston 501 Tech Club event at 6:00 pm, we ask that you send an email to Kathleen Sherwin of TechFoundation (ksherwin AT techfoundation DOT org). Since TechFoundation is providing the free food, it's courteous to let them know how much to order.

See you in March!

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