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11 JANUARY 2012

Engagement Commons: A new tool to empower civic engagement

"With the explosion of open data, we've seen a proliferation of civic software aiming to get community information on everything from road closures to restaurant inspections into people's hands.

The apps have great potential for engaging people in improving their communities. But often the people closest to the data – city leaders and staffers – have a difficult time finding and weeding through all the software to determine what's right for both their needs and their community.

That's why we're building Engagement Commons, a comprehensive catalogue of civic engagement software. It's a project of Civic Commons, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Technology for Engagement Initiative, which funds projects that use technology to inspire on–the–ground action."

(Nick Grossman, Civic Commons Executive Director, 11 January 2012)

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Simon Perkins
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