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Disconnected Streetlights Mapped

Disconnected Streetlights Mapped

Posted on May 31, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

A money-saving measure shut off streetlights in San Jose, prompting NeighborWebSJ to map the disconnected lights.

Music Video Explains Fractured Gas Drilling

Music Video Explains Fractured Gas Drilling

Posted on May 12, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

Exciting song and graphics help users learn more about the dangers of "fracking."

Tags: Multimedia

Grand Ave. News Compiles Photos Of West Grove Rebranding

Grand Ave. News Compiles Photos Of West Grove Rebranding

Posted on April 28, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

To document differences throughout historic West Grove, Grand Avenue News stitched together two scrolling panoramas of photographs from half a mile of Grand Avenue. One section is lively; the other, deserted.

Tags: Multimedia Photography

St. Louis Gets News At The Breakfast Table With “Beacon & Eggs” Series

St. Louis Gets News At The Breakfast Table With “Beacon & Eggs” Series

Posted on April 15, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

Beacon & Eggs is a monthly event that brings the St. Louis Beacon staff into the community to meet and greet with community members and discuss local issues around St. Louis. Coffee and pastries are served, followed by a panel discussion - all for free.

Tags: Crowdsourcing

Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011

Posted on March 31, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

The Atlantic features an interactive photo gallery highlighting the participation of 134 countries in Earth Hour 2011.

Tags: Multimedia

Bike Accident Tracker

Bike Accident Tracker

Posted on February 8, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

The Bay Citizen in San Francisco has developed a interactive bike accident tracking system. The map is hosted on their website and shows every bicycle accident in the area. Each incident includes full details on the location and specific cause of the accident.

Tags: Maps

Councilpedia

Councilpedia

Posted on February 8, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

Councilpedia by Gotham Gazette "Keeping Track of City Officials" by enabling readers of New York City to share information about city elected officials and the people and organizations that give them money.

Tags: Crowdsourcing

Portraits From A Job-Starved City

Portraits From A Job-Starved City

Posted on January 18, 2011  |  Ideas We Like

The New York Times presents a photographic tour with audio interviews through the stores, factories and offices of the city of Rockford, Ill. In Rockford, unemployment reached nearly 16 percent last summer, making it one of the most economically depressed places in the country.

Tags: Multimedia

Balance The Budget Yourself

Balance The Budget Yourself

Posted on November 13, 2010  |  Ideas We Like

The New York Times created a puzzle that asks users come up with their own solutions to the budget deficit.

Tags: Calculators

Veteran’s Day Map

Veteran’s Day Map

Posted on November 10, 2010  |  Ideas We Like

TBD.com is inviting users to put a pin on their Google map with information on where they served in the military or where their family members were stationed. 

Tags: Maps Crowdsourcing