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One Database: Crowdsourcing

Monday, March 13 in Crater Lake North, EMU from 6:00-7:30 pm 

Want to do some quick volunteer work that helps encourage democratic participation in Oregon, exposes you to some data-gathering and campaign technology, and opens up doors to internship and job possibilities in political campaign work? Consider attending a kickoff event for with UO PS alumni Jim Cupples!

Join Jim Cupples, UO PS alum and co-founder of, for a crowdsourcing effort to gather data on elections to Oregon’s school boards!

Jim will introduce the project from 6-6:30pm and have students do some actual crowdsourcing from 6:30-7:30pm. It is part of a larger project of mapping all of Oregon’s publicly elected offices. On a volunteer basis, participants can then participate from March 13-March 20 in crowdsourced data collection. Students from other universities in other states have already had tremendous success with these efforts, contributing to publicly-available information that helps citizens run for office and get engaged!

Opportunities will also follow for further work with Jim and to develop skills for building digital infrastructure for political campaigns, such as: How to set up a campaign website, how to plan events to generate volunteers and/or donors, how to use a Voter File to target likely voters, how to develop a timeline from the election date backwards (like how a building a house timeline is done), how to figure out how many votes you’ll likely need, etc.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

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