Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
- Thematic tells stories with photos. It's free and the examples are stunning.
- The Data Visualisation Catalogue (see screenshot to the right) tells readers more about what a particular type of graph shows best and provides links to tools that create that particular graph.
- Import.io grabs data on a web page and presents it in table format. I use it and LOVE it!
- Tabula "is a tool for liberating data tables locked inside PDF files."
- Seems to me that Timeline.js would be incredibly useful for advocacy.
- List of online infographic tools
- Environmental/green-related tips and tools (March 2015)
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
- Your views about the educational options in your neighborhood.
- The maximum commute time you are willing to commit to
- Type of education you want for your children
- The most important attributes when considering a school for your child
All responses are anonymous.
Between now and May 3, you and your children can vote for your favorite new book in the categories K-2nd Grade, 3-4 Grade, 5-6 Grade, and Teen. Winners will be announced May 4.
Starting Monday, May 4, I will be blogging my readers' favorite books of their childhood. Email or Tweet (@susiecambria) the author and title; email the info if you want your fave to be listed without your name. To get the party started, here's a post from 2011 listing one of my favorite books (Little Toot): This week is National Children's Book Week.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Community Board is a new tool for and by the community to promote community events and activities. Read the Community Board today and you will see several standing community meetings and the Arcadia Mobile Markets through October 30, 2015. Read it tomorrow and (hopefully) you will find more events.
East Bank DC blogger Marie Fritz created the Community Board following a conversation on Twitter about encouraging more and better communication with residents about community-based events. Fritz explains,
There is so much happening in Wards 7 and 8 but it's difficult to keep track of multiple calendars, electronic flyers, emails, and notifications. I hope the Community Board will enable organizations to reach a wider audience and to make it easier for our neighbors to stay informed and to engage with one another in their community.
Almost all events can be included in this new calendar. To be added to the calendar, events must take place in Wards 7 or 8 and be open to the general public. Events can be sponsored by the community or government and can include meetings, fairs and festivals; resident input sessions; and nonprofit fundraisers.
To be effective, the calendar needs information and users. Submitting event information is easy and the steps are detailed on the calendar page. And people will use the calendar when they become aware of it and the role it plays in keeping residents in Wards 7 and 8 informed. If you have a blog or website, consider adding the badge (shown above). Need to know how? Here are the instructions.
There are other ways to tell your friends, clients, customers, members, and others about the Community Board. Washington Parks & People, as you can see below, Tweeted the news. Another option is to post this flyer in your waiting area or include it in a newsletter. Share other ideas in a comment!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Join DPW and Frager’s Hardware gardening manager Byron Gwinn Thursday, April 30 from Noon - 1:00 pm for an online chat about gardening.
Jump on the chat to talk about designing large and small gardens, managing bugs and other damaging elements, starting and maintaining a community garden, recommendations for plants, and more.
DPW will also share info about the agency's Helping Hand Program which helps community groups organize neighborhood clean-up and community garden projects by lending tools, trash bags, and providing free compost.
Here's the main takeaway: Imagine what your perfect source would tweet, or what you yourself would tweet in that situation, and search for the words that would probably be in it. And be sure you’re not limiting that to the SEO keywords.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The areas of focus of the event―under the broad umbrella of fighting for tenant rights and affordable housing―are strengthening rent control, supporting tenant purchase and the city's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), and the preservation of subsidized housing.
More event info:
12-1 PM: Refreshments. Time for tenants to speak with Council staff, DC housing agency representatives, legal service providers and non-profit organizations.
1-3 PM: Presentation of Tenant Priorities for 2015 and responses from elected officials and agency directors.
Interpretation provided in Spanish and Amharic.
Need more info? Contact Talia Brock: (202) 540-7434 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.