Forum One's DataMasher Receives First Place in 'Apps for America 2' Contest

Data Comparison Application Powered by Acquia Drupal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 10, 2009 – Forum One’s DataMasher took first place out of 47 entries in Sunlight Labs Apps for America 2 contest, a competition in which participants were challenged to build a web site or internet application that makes federal data more accessible, interesting, and valuable.

Forum One was presented the award and the $10,000 first place prize at the O'Reilly Media's Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase on Sept. 8, 2009.

Datamasher.org enables anyone to marry two sets of data representing information about U.S. states to create a custom "mashup." The site’s data is drawn from Data.gov as well as other federal web sites and related sources.

Mashups are displayed on a state-by-state map or in a table format, which enables users to examine state markers and make quick comparisons between states

“I’m proud of our team and also honored to have beat out so many other great applications,” said Forum One’s President and CEO Chris Wolz. “What is great about Datamasher is that it gets people exploring and goofing around with government data sets. Who would have
thought that was even possible?”

Built using Acquia’s free packaged distribution, Acquia Drupal, the site allows visitors to create their own mashups, leave comments on existing mashups, share mashups on various social media sites, and vote for their favorites.

“It’s great to see innovation from one of our Drupal development partners recognized in such a prominent way,” said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. “DataMasher is a great example of how Drupal can be utilized within the public sector to build engaging, community-enabled and content-driven sites that leverage valuable information in a creative way.”

Legistalker provides real time tracking of their legislators' activities on social web sites, in the news, and on the Capitol floor in real time.

This the second Apps for American contest and the second time that Forum One has placed in the top three finalists. In the first contest, Forum One’s Legistalker application was awarded second place.

A panel of expert judges choose the top three finalists based on their long-term usability, visual design, and ability to provide citizens with greater access to publicly available, but previously inaccessible, information. Judges included Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media; Chris DiBona, Google; Clay Johnson, Sunlight Labs; Allyson Kapin, Women Who Tech; and Cyrus Krohn, Microsoft.

Once the panel selected the top three finalists, voting was opened to the public to choose the winner August 24 through September 8, 2009.

Forum One staff plan to expand DataMasher’s capabilities and add features such as regression modeling, additional data visualizations, and RSS feeds.

About Forum One

Forum One Communications is a web strategy and development firm based in Alexandria, Va. Since 1996, Forum One has helped hundreds of organizations use internet technology to solve the world's most pressing problems.

About Acquia

Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com . Download Acquia Drupal, the completely free Drupal distribution, at http://acquia.com/downloads.

Related Blog Posts

DataMasher: A Drupal-Based Data Visualization Tool —Forum One's Tech Blog
Apps for America 2: Lessons Learned During Speedy Application Development —Forum One's Tech Blog
The Ingenuity of the American People —WhiteHouse.gov OMB Blog

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