Welcome to The Civic Hacker

Hello and welcome to the Civic Hacker. How do we change the world for the better, using technology? We don’t know, but we won’t let that stop us from talking about it. That’s what we’ll be talking about on this blog. “We” is the members of The Open Planning Project (TOPP), and the TOPP Labs Read more…

The Beekeeper

As we prepare our new Enterprise offering around the OpenGeo Suite (PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers, GeoExt), I have been researching open source business models. The more I read, the more I am convinced that the problem is not one of the open source company providing value, it is one of convincing customers that they are in Read more…

Seattle Streets for People kicks off

Great news from the Project for Public Spaces blog. Seattle’s Streets for People is starting up. Streets for People is a collaborative campaign to create and implement a new vision for streets as thriving public spaces. Here’s hope this left coast NYCSR gets off to a smashing start. Modeled in many ways after the ‘open Read more…

We’re Hiring!

Two exciting job opportunities at TOPP: We’re looking for a software developer with a passion for livable streets and a penchant for developing user-friendly interfaces to join our team. Work with writers, videographers, open source software developers, and other online activists to build web-based tools that support a movement. With major transportation, climate, and energy Read more…

Article in Open Source Business Resource

Update: Now also in Directions Magazine. Paul Ramsey has written an article for the Open Source Business Resource. Money quote: Open source geospatial holds a number of lessons for other vertical markets. First, frontal assaults on the leading proprietary vendor are unlikely to succeed. In their core areas, the leading vendor has an advantage in Read more…