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03/12/07 to 07/31/11
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Journalism, Media Innovation
Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose
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To create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block

With this project, Adrian Holovaty will create 10 city-specific web sites devoted to public records and hyper-local information.

They will include the Knight cities of Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose and Charlotte.

The sites will allow users learn more about life around them. When they type in their address, they will get a page filled with information relevant to that address, including government records, news stories and community discussions. The first five city sites will launch by June 30, 2008. Holovaty will blog and speak at conferences about the process of creating the city databases.

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Adrian Holovaty

Journalist/web developer Adrian Holovaty, 26, was the grand prize winner of the 2005 Knight-Batten Awards for his site chicagocrime.org. He has worked at the web sites of the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and, most recently, the Washington Post.

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