Open & Candid: Phil Ashlock on Open311

Open311 is meant to facilitate an international effort to build open interoperable systems that allow citizens to more directly interact with their cities. Primarily, Open311 refers to a standardized protocol for location-based collaborative issue-tracking. Open311 is one of the platforms being developed here at OpenPlans that will enable smart, seamless and enjoyable interactions between citizens and their Read more…

The year ahead for Civic Commons

Last year, under the banner of our joint Civic Commons initiative, Code for America and OpenPlans collaborated on a series of projects around civic standards, open source technology for cities, and information for tech procurement. This past year has been a successful one, with the launch of the Civic Commons Marketplace, broad adoption of open Read more…

Mark Gorton brings livable streets message to a rapidly motorizing India

“I’m trying to point out to India some of the lessons we’ve learned the hard way in the United States about what automobiles do to cities,” says Gorton. OpenPlans’ founder Mark Gorton is currently in India, co-sponsored by ITDP, touring and lecturing on the importance of livable streets, civic engagement, and the dangers of autocentric Read more…

TransportationCamp DC

More than 200 transportation enthusiasts braved the cold weather and attended TransportationCamp DC on Saturday, January 21st. OpenPlans organized the event in partnership with Mobility Lab and Greater Greater Washington. Planners, techies, and community activists spent the day talking about important transportation issues. These included: open source vs. proprietary citizen engagement in transportation planning blogs and transit Read more…

NYC Bike Share Map at the AIA Center for Architecture

Earlier this month, the AIA Center for Architecture was packed for the NYC bike share exhibition opening. The evening started with presentations by NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Alison Cohen, president of Alta Bicycle Share. So far, nearly 8,000 New Yorkers suggested a station location using OpenPlans’ interactive bike share map. If you haven’t done so Read more…

Liberating Data at Journalism Data Camp NY

I spent last Friday at ScraperWiki’s Journalism Data Camp NY, hosted at the Columbia School of Journalism. ScraperWiki is a really interesting project. There is a lot of data on the web that isn’t readily machine-readable. Turning this data into something that can be made more useful to the public – for example, by putting it Read more…