Detroit Community Data Connection

Move over Detroit Kids Data. There’s a new data warehouse in town.

Non-profit group City Connect Detroit has unveiled the Detroit Data Partnership’s online database — Detroit Community Data Connection.

According to the Detroit News article, this projects bridges the data collection and maintenance efforts of Detroit non-profits, businesses, government and educational institutions with one goal: helping Detroit organizations and businesses make a better sales pitch. Instead of searching through multiples websites or search engines, data such as test scores, census, health and housing info (and much more) can be found in one location, searchable from community down to block level. Great for grantwriting and business recruitment, but also a solid governmental and educational decision-making tool.

I can’t help but be a little jealous — we’ve been trying to do something like this in Oakland County for a while now. How fortunate for Detroit that the right partnerships and funding are in place for such a great resource. Fantastic work from everyone involved.

Now take a look, it’s not boring. Nice design, interactive, all that good stuff.

6 Comments so far

  1. Steven (unregistered) on August 21st, 2005 @ 9:20 pm

    Why would they design a site that only works with Windows!?

    All I got was, “We are sorry, but the complexity of the web-based map viewer that powers this web site requires Internet Explorer version 6.0 or above.”

  2. Stacey (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 1:37 pm

    I just spoke with them today, they’re working to support other browsers asap. Probably not the best move to use a GIS/mapping ap that only works with some browsers…

  3. Dan McDougall (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 2:59 pm

    Hey all … Dan McDougall from City Connect Detroit. We manage the data project that was just unveiled.

    The existing website was part of a pilot project that tested a variety of technical and policy issues around sharing data. (The project is designed to promote sharing data, not necessarily creating a new GIS.)

    As I type from my Mac, I realize the frustration of the pilot project’s MS IE limitation. We’re aware of the issue, and will include some sort of work-around/resolution in the specifications for the next phase. This will require careful balancing of usability issues, convenience and required/desired functionality. Few GIS apps are developed from the ground-up anymore: third-party server applications often make up the core of an application. As a result, we find ourselves cast adrift along a river of MS followers, as these applications often ignore non-MS compliant browsers.

    Thank you for the feedback, though. Without it, there’d be no challengeto improve the system.

    Of course, if ur into data and have more ideas/thoughts/bits of feedback, we’d love to hear from you ….


  4. David (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 3:05 pm

    Hello Stacey. I’m the guy you talked with about the Detroit Data Partnership site when you called to complain about our bad email addresses and non-compatible browsers! What a small world we live in. Anyways, for the benefit of this online community I’ll repeat what I told you – the site only supports Internet Explorer because of the mapping software used (its real good stuff, but finicky). We are working at supporting other browsers as soon as we can make it happen. As for the email addresses, I’ve passed the message along to our two technology companies and so far one company has denied responsibility; I’m not sure about the other just yet.

    Also, the system can be easily expanded to Oakland County – and we’re interested and generally funded to do so. Maybe you can become really important at work by suggesting to your bosses that they sponsor the project’s growth….After all, if Detroit can do it, why not Oakland County? Of course, I’m like you – a recent college grad with a big workload and awkward title…so this is all between you, me, and the readers of metroblogs…

  5. Stacey (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 4:04 pm

    Hey guys, thanks for your responses. And David, my group was just talking about getting in touch, we have a ridiculously large data warehouse and have been looking for a partnership forever. So you might be hearing from us soon…

  6. David (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 9:30 pm

    That would be fantastic. You’ve got our number!

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