theDataMap is an online portal for documenting flows of personal data in the United States. The effort started with health data and is expanding to all other kinds of personal data. The motivation is to help journalists, advocates, regulators, policy makers, and researchers understand the current state of personal data sharing so they can do their jobs better. A comprehensive data map enourages new uses of personal data, helps innovators find new data sources, and educates the public and informs policy makers on data sharing practices so society can act responsibly to reap benefits from sharing while addressing risks for harm. With funding from the Knight Foundation, theDataMap has launched a portal that engages members of the public in a game-like environment to report and vet reports of personal data sharing and to participate in data visualization and analysis competitions.
To learn more about theDataMap, please go to https://thedatamap.org/about.php.
theDataMap Visualization Contest is an opportunity to take the thousands of data sharing arrangements on theDataMap and show how the world of medical and mobile data sharing impacts you, your loved ones, and your community through new and innovative visualizations. The creators of theDataMap are inviting members of the public to participate in the visualization contest by utilizing theDataset of theDataMap to discover new insights related to personal data sharing, or highlight existing ones.
Anyone is welcome to participate in theDataMap Visualization Contest. The competition is open to the general public, including students, academics, data scientists, data journalists, and graphic designers. Group submissions are welcome with no more than three people per group. The winning individual or team will be rewarded with a free trip to the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation (PPR) Health Privacy Summit on January 28-29, 2019, and they will receive prestigious recognition at the PPR ceremony dinner in Washington D.C. Their work will also be featured and promoted on theDataMap website.
For more information about how to enter theDataMap Visualization Contest, please go to https://thedatamap.org/contests.