NYC DOT Seeks Developer Feedback

Yesterday morning Nick Grossman and I attended a developers’ meeting at the NYC Department of Transportation to brainstorm some ideas to better enhance the open data movement at the agency.  The room was very well-balanced in terms of attendance between developers and DOT officials, and there were some interesting requests from the development/programming community. Real-time Read more…

Join Us @ the Speak Up NY Working Group

Last month, we hosted a one-day workshop with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer‘s office called Speak Up, New York.  The purpose of the event was to bring together NYC community groups and “civic hackers” to discuss how community groups are using technology to organize and engage.  With a keynote from Deputy US CTO for Open Read more…

Study: A Three-Tier System, Utility & Collab for Open Data

Pioneering an open data policy on the government level is not the easiest initiative without support, according to a recent study by the Open Society Institute. It takes various levels of negotiations among parties of the public, elected officials and “civic hackers”. Furthermore, some government administrations are more risk adverse than others, unsure on how to proceed from being closed to being open in the most cost-effective manner. Most seek to replicate best practices from successful initiatives and improve on others through news stories and conferences, but never some thing tangible; a resource guide, such as our own OpenMuni wiki (still in development), would’ve been more purposeful in understanding the processes of unlocking accessible and quality data.

Bootstrapping Community Engagement

Localocracy has a nice way of expanding into new communities.  They avoid the “tumbleweeds” problem by building support for the initiative before it starts, in a kickstarter-ish sort of way.  This is, of course, not a new idea, but I think Localocracy does a nice job of executing on it.  E-Democracy has long used a Read more…

What Transpo Data Should NYC Open Up?

Tomorrow morning, NYC DOT is inviting developers to come and discuss what transportation data sets they’d like to see opened up.  From their invitation: The New York City Department of Transportation needs your help! We want to provide more and more useful information to the traveling public about traffic and transportation. We know we’ve got Read more…

OpenBlock: Newspaper Survey

If you’re interested in the OpenBlock “hyper-local news” project, we want your help! Our first goal is to make the OpenBlock software easier to install and use for newspapers in the 25k-100k circulation range.  If you or somebody you know works at such a paper, please take a look at this short survey. The results will help Read more…

MTA Continues to Open Its Doors

The MTA recently released a new dataset with exact latitude and longitude coordinates of station entrances and exits. This was a highly requested dataset for many transit developers and showcases the lastest development in the MTA’s transition from a data licensing model toward community collaboration in pursuit of more innovative applications. This shift has not Read more…