Tuva Places First at the LinkedUp Vidi Competition

We went to Crete this past month to show our work at the LinkedUp Vidi Competition, which was held at the ESWC conference. We presented how Tuva is making open data useful for teaching and learning. The competitors’ presentations were very impressive and polished, and included Rhizi, Konnektid, DBLPXplorer, LODStories, eDL mobile app, Solvonauts, and agINFRA.



After presenting to conference attendees, we received some great feedback and had the opportunity to connect to and build relationships with the open data community and several other startups. Several meetings included people from the Open Knowledge Foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Mozilla Science Lab, software carpentry, and many more.


We feel very fortunate to have placed first, and are very pleased with the 3000 Euros we’ve been awarded. After the competition, the various LinkedUp successes were interviewed about their experiences while being part of the competition. Below, you can see a compiled video of these interviews. Enjoy!

Tuva Shortlisted for the Vidi Competition!

We are excited to share some great news! Tuva was recently shortlisted for the Vidi Competition, and we will have an opportunity to present our work at the European Semantic Web Conference in Crete, Greece later this summer!

So, what is the the Vidi Competition? The competition is the second stage of a three-stage competition (Veni, Vidi, Vici) called the LinkedUp Challenge, with the goal to “push forward the exploitation and adoption of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational organisations and institutions.”

For those that might be curious, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is a Latin phrase from the times of the Julius Caesar’s conquest of the Roman world, and it translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered”.  

A Chance To Show Your Support – Vote For Us!  

Here is how you can help. Alongside the actual competition, the organizers are running the People’s Choice Vote, allowing the larger education and open data community to support and vote for their favorite idea or product that truly has the potential to impact the world. 

Voting will take just 2 mins. Here is how you can do it:

1. Go to the Tuva abstract entry. Here is the link: http://tuva.la/1hp2fBP

2. Click on the “Join and Participate" button and create an account. 

3. Click on the + 1 icon to submit your vote. 

Thank you once again for all your incredible support. 

Brooklyn students dig into SAT scores on Tuva…and get published! – Tuva Story #2

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”  – Plato

Is there a better sight in the classroom than thirty students at the edge of their seats during first period, digging into real data, engaged in conversations with their peers around a topic that lights a fire to their competitive spirit and captures their imaginations? Last week, we witnessed such a scene in a high school class in Brooklyn. Students, with the SAT exams fresh on their minds, dove deep into the 2012 Critical Reading, Writing, and Math SAT Scores of 32 high schools in Brooklyn. Talk about some friendly inter-borough competition on Tuva!  

By creating scatter and parallel box plot of the SAT scores, they analyzed if students consistently performed better on a particular exam (the median and interquartile range of the scores), explored correlations between the three SAT exams (“Is there a strong correlation in performance on the Writing exam vs. the Critical Reading exam?”), and examined the outlier schools (“What might they be doing differently to be an outlier?”).

We want to thanks their tremendously talented and inspiring teacher, Ms.Terry to make this activity happen. It was a fantastic experience, and it seems that the word regarding this activity spread around Brooklyn very quickly. Technically Brooklyn, a fantastic digital news media site covering Brooklyn, picked up on this lesson and wrote a story about it!
You can read their coverage here: http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2013/11/12/tuva-labs-sats-data/ 

Want to check out some of the students’ work? Here you go:
Student 1: http://tuva.la/1bJsSCI 
Student 2: http://tuva.la/1gYlBmp
Student 3: http://tuva.la/1jgDREy

Check out all of the students’ work here. 

Our mission at Tuva is to empower your students to learn, share, and discover through exploration and analysis of data around their favorite topics. As their teacher, we would love to collaborate with you to bring similar experiences to your classroom. Let’s get started!