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How You Can Participate
The Central Mass DataCommon will only be successful if a comprehensive community of users and stakeholders is developed. Whether you are a government official, student, librarian, data novice, or member of a grassroots organization — there are a number of ways for you to contribute to the advancing elements within DataCommon. Find out more below.
Users with user accounts and publicly saved visualizations is the most important community element. By adding content, users will be building the relevant Central Massachusetts foundation for the site. Creating an account is fast & easy. Please visit centralmass.datacommon.org to sign up now!
While not yet a certain element of the Central Mass DataCommon, the project team is currently working on developing a membership system that will allow members to receive additional privileges and services.
Collaborators and Partners
Another key to the success of the Central Mass DataCommon is the ability to form strategic and support-oriented partnerships and collaborations with organizations that can add value to DataCommon and who in turn can benefit from the relationship. For example, the WPI Worcester Project Center has expressed interest in possibly providing a perpetual source of student assistance in the form of a dedicated Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) — a requirement for students in their junior year. Here, a team of students would be dedicated to solving a problem or developing an idea (see Indicators Project).
Collaborators and partners could serve both as the technology value-added partner by providing innovative solutions to the DataCommon product and its functions, as well as the reciprocal source of labor and knowledge for the administrative function. They could benefit from such a relationship by identifying with the DataCommon brand and having their logo associated with the initiative, or integrating their work program with the platform.
The Central Mass DataCommon proposes to collaborate with community-based and nonprofit organizations through an affiliates program patterned after the MetroBoston DataCommon. The affiliates program would tailor the DataCommon site to an organization’s mission through co-branding and data-sharing. Scaled to the resources of the collaboration, affiliate sites can be customized with data and visualizations targeted to a specific topic, audience, or geographic location.
Supporters may not have a formal working relationship with the DataCommon project team but may be users or stakeholders who speak in support of DataCommon both internally and externally. This is expected to be an integral part of a broader public relations and marketing initiative.
Composed of a variety of community leaders and key DataCommon stakeholders. This committee serves to provide recommendations and suggestions from this community to ensure that DataCommon is meeting the needs of its users.
This group is an ongoing working team that provides specific recommendations related to data sets needed in the community. It also serves as a liaison between the project and data providers and conduct outreach and data collection.
If you are interested in joining the DataCommon community, or have any questions regarding a specific participatory group, please contact Christopher J. Ryan, AICP, Community Development and Planning Manager, CMRPC at email@example.com or 508-459-3315