Hello, PDAP subscriber!
This is the final newsletter before the launch of our app. If you'd like to be an early tester, reply to this email.
We're working to grow our numbers of small individual donors. Recurring small donations—even $10 a month—give us the flexibility to find data for a requestor, prototype a new app, or give volunteers rewards for their efforts.
To become a monthly supporter, or to see other ways you can help move us forward, start here. I recognize that just about every organization is seeking year-end support, and I continue to be grateful for your generosity!
We're about to release an app that lets you search for data about police systems across the country. When someone wants to see stops in Baltimore, or explore the data we're tracking across California, they'll be able to search for it.
This is better than displaying the data in Airtable for several reasons: we can see what people are searching for, and focus our research efforts; we can give people a path to request any missing data; we can give people a path to share what they find with others.
The ability to search for data is the foundation of every other activity—from proactively archiving high-value data to seeing what kinds of research are possible. We can't wait to see how people use this.
We've published a design system and component library for a consistent user experience across our apps. This will allow us to rapidly create new tools without reinventing the wheel, and upgrade the accessibility of all our projects over time.
That's all for now. As always, you can reply with questions or comments. Thanks for reading!
—Josh from PDAP