BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE). “A new online tool, launched yesterday by the University of Miami with support from Citi, reveals roughly 500 million square feet – roughly the size of Manhattan – of underutilized, publicly owned land in Miami-Dade potentially suitable for the development of affordable housing.” This is only one area, of course, but what an interesting idea.
Herald-Tribune: Database prompted by Herald-Tribune reporting soon to go online. “The prototype of a first-of–its-kind database that could help Floridians track where crimes occur and how justice is meted out in counties across the state is expected to go public in coming weeks, officials said Tuesday. But plenty of hurdles still must be overcome by officials looking to enhance this initial Florida Department of Law Enforcement database, which was ordered by lawmakers last year after reporting by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune exposed rampant racial disparities in sentencing across the state.”
Education Week: To Stop School Shootings, Fla. Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts. “As part of their efforts to prevent school shootings, Florida lawmakers mandated the creation of a centralized database that will combine individual-level records from the state’s law-enforcement and social-services agencies with information from people’s personal social media accounts. The provision, tucked within the 105-page law passed in March following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, marks a potentially dramatic increase in the state’s collection and sharing of data on individuals. While the new database could have big consequences for individual privacy and civil liberties, proponents described it as necessary to ensure public safety.”
Sunshine State Digital Network: SSDN Welcomes Florida Memory. “Florida’s Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) is pleased to announce that more than 62,000 new records from Florida Memory are now discoverable through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Florida Memory is a digital outreach program of the State Library and Archives of Florida, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. With this new content, SSDN has now contributed more than 148,000 records to DPLA. This expands the network of people, communities, and stories that we represent and can share with you, our community.”
News-Press: Relive old Florida through FGCU’s oral histories digital collection. “Oral histories have long been a trove of fascinating information for historians and researchers, but accessing those histories can be difficult. Many oral narratives are collected by small local museums or community organizations, and they’re often recorded on cassette tapes. This means the oral narratives are only available to those who are willing to make the trek to listen in person. But [Florida Gulf Coast University] has been collecting these histories and digitizing them, turning the oral narratives into online files that are accessible to the public.”
WUSF: USF Students Create A Website That Shows Homeowners Their Flood Risk. “One thing would-be homeowners in Florida have to worry about is if their potential property might be affected by flooding in a hurricane. Now, a pair of USF graduate students have created a database that helps tell people if that might be the case.”
Hyperallergic: A Portrait of Black Life in Florida, One Neighborhood at a Time. “In one of the many photographs that Johanne Rahaman took in Perrine, Florida as part of her Black Florida series, a woman gazes into the distance, bedecked in a blue, green, and red dress. Parts of it are so fluorescent they seem lit from within; the woman holds a certificate from her alma mater, Hastings Colored Vocational Training School. There’s something subtly regal about the shot: the woman’s steady gaze, the marble coffee table at her side, the plush red chair she’s sitting on. In one image alone, Rahaman captures both the history of segregation and the day-to-day experience of someone who lived through it, a stately woman who appears throughout the series, speaking and gesturing with her hands.”