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Posted by Allegra East on Jul 11, 2016

IndyVitals in the News

no-limits-logo-copy-6Tune in to No Limits and John Krull, Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, on Tuesday, July 8, on 90.1. WFYI Public Radio and online to hear Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics and SAVI, talk about the new online neighborhood tool IndyVitals! Other guests include Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, Dept. of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis, and Steven Meyer, Executive Director, King Park Development Corporation.

IndyVitals, which is powered by SAVI, has been getting some legs with the media recently! Other mentions include:

  • IndyVitals was featured on the front page of the Indy Star Friday, July 1, and online here.  This is the third time a Polis project has been featured on p. 1 (Encyclopedia of Indianapolis and Spirit & Place were the others.)
  • Kandris was featured in FOX59 interviews discussing the IndyVitals on June 29;
  • Channel 6 taped the June 30 SAVI Talks! event which included an interview with Kandris;
  • Ric Burrous with IU Communications is interviewing Kandris about the IndyVitals tool for the July Insights to Innovation newsletter, Innovate Indiana’s monthly e-newsletter for economic development and technology commercialization information.
  • Sam Stall with the IUPUI alumni magazine has published the article, By the Numbers. The piece focuses on two areas at IUPUI that deal with Big Data: the Polis Center’s SAVI program and how it helps individuals and organizations identify patterns, assets, gaps, and trends in a variety of ways and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.
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Posted by Allegra East on Jul 5, 2016

SAVI TALKS!

PrintThe first SAVI Talks! event of 2016 was held June 30 at WFYI and covered IndyVitals, the new web-based neighborhood monitoring tool created by the Polis Center for the Plan 2020 bicentennial initiative. Speakers included Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, City of Indianapolis; Brooke Thomas, Deputy Director, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, the Polis Center at IUPUI; and Leigh Evens, CEO, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation.

The presentation addressed how and why Plan 2020 members initiated the need for such a planning tool and featured a demonstration of the IndyVitals tool and a simulated exercise for audience members so they could experience how IndyVitals reveals neighborhood assets and issues of concern and learn how it can be used to improve their neighborhoods.’

If you missed the presentation, click here for the taped event.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Posted by Allegra East on Jun 29, 2016

Enjoy the Summer 2016 Edition of SAVI’s Online Magazine!

Emagazine-Summer-2016-cover-page-onlyCommunities are continually seeking ways to improve the quality of life of its residents. Addressing the basic needs of shelter, food, safety, and belonging must come first on the road to helping residents thrive. Data helps service providers and community organizers better identify the needs of residents and track progress toward established goals.

In this issue, we share details about our new IndyVitals tool powered by SAVI and discuss how community leaders are using it to help Indy be a better place to live, work and visit. Learn how others have harnessed the power of using data and maps in planning! Read here.

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