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Crazy Idea, what do you think?

Hi All! I have this crazy idea and I want to see if any of you would find this idea useful. Sign up if you do. Message me if you can't make it but still want to let me know if this is a good idea or a crazy one.

Challenge: There's all this talk about open data, open government and re-purposing open source apps, and that sort of thing, to make Honolulu a better place. I am of the mind that I don't have time to build, or download new apps. That I am going to use the tried and true apps like meetup, yelp, facebook, foursquare, etc.

Solution: So I want to do a little experiment. I want to take this public data, like places of interest, public art, voting districts, public sirens, or any other compelling localized information and enter it manually into Yelp and Foursquare as places (for a test run). Once the places are in the system, they will start to show up on everyone else's check ins. I am wondering if they would start to pick up check ins, and reviews from the public, if they were there.

I'm proposing one hour of group data entry (sounds boring, I know!) from a centralized email account made just for this purpose. I've started to enter places myself, but in an hour, as a group we could get a lot done. Then we could observe for a month or two to see if just seeding this would get anything started with the public.

What better way to open data, than to use it?

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