Ann Arbor Volunteers Dive Into Nonprofit Data

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - What happens when dozens of University of Michigan students and area residents have 30 hours, plenty of food, and data from nonprofits? The second annual A2 DataDive: a hackathon style event in which people hone their data skills, meet new people, and give back to the community.

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  1. What's the A2 DataDive? Founders Nikki Roda and Claire Barco give a two-minute overview in this video. In a nutshell, volunteers gather for a weekend to analyze data from nonprofit organizations. Workshops held throughout the day offer tutorials on data analysis tools and software.
  2. NPR affiliate Michigan Radio interviewed Nikki and Claire about the evolution of the A2 DataDive.
  3. This year's A2 DataDive, held Feb. 9-10, featured data from four local nonprofits: 826michigan, Food Gatherers, Huron River Watershed Council, and Ozone House. After a presentation from each nonprofit, the volunteers quickly got to work. Here, volunteers work on mapping data for Ozone House.
  4. University of Michigan School of Information alum Naim Falandino led a workshop on Orange, an open source data analysis and visualization tool. Additional workshops taught mapping software PostGIS and the natural language processing tools Sphinx and Python's natural language toolkit.
  5. Naim, looks like you moved some minds.
  6. Lunchtime featured a keynote address from Dr. David Bieri, who teaches urban and regional planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
  7. Participants did more than crunch numbers.
  8. But overall, there was a lot of data crunching.
  9. The teams returned to work on Sunday morning to finalize their analysis and prepare presentations for the nonprofits.
  10. The work of the A2 DataDivers paid off!
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