The Black Hills Knowledge Network is an online community information service that connects people to local information and ideas within the Black Hills region. We work with librarians and community organizations to aggregate and organize local news, resources, data and historical archives from a variety of sources. We seek to engage citizens and educate community leaders regarding the value of local information for decision-making, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in our communities.
Knowledge enhances the capacity of individuals and communities to meet challenges and opportunities.
By making objective, relevant and timely information available, the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard empower individuals, families, and organizations to build stronger and more prosperous communities.
Our geographic focus is the Black Hills region, including Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, and Oglala Lakota Counties. We provide information on major towns in these counties, as well as the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We also maintain the South Dakota Dashboard, a comprehensive data resource that includes statewide community indicators—ranging from income, to diabetes, to youth—that can be broken down by counties and major towns in South Dakota, as well as sorted by age, race, or gender.
In addition to our core activity of providing local content online, we provide a limited amount of free technical assistance and training to local nonprofits, government, researchers, and community organizations, as well as to the general public. We are also available on a fee-for-service basis to consult on larger data projects, report writing, needs assessments, and assistance with grant proposals or reports.
Learn more about Our Team and Project Partners here.
To view our 990 for the year 2016, see the attached pdf.
History of BHKN
The Black Hills Knowledge Network owes its beginning to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, the Rapid City Public Library, and Eric Abrahamson, founder of the Black Hills Knowledge Network. The Black Hills Knowledge Network was launched as a beta site in 2009. In 2011, with support from the Black Hills Area Community Foundation and funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and local partners, the BHKN expanded to include a consortium of public libraries on a new digital platform. In 2012, with support from the Bush Foundation, a robust community indicators element was added, separately rebranded in 2014 as the South Dakota Dashboard. The project now connects numerous public libraries, communities, content providers, and funders who share a vision for a community information source that is accessible, user-friendly, dynamic, and equips local leaders and residents to make educated decisions.
For more information, comments, suggestions, or questions, please contact us by email or call (605) 716-0058. We can also be reached by mail at 525 University Loop Suite 202, Rapid City SD, 57701.