OpenPlans testimony on NYC Open Data

Today I spoke at the New York City Council’s oversight hearing on open data. Here’s my testimony: Good afternoon. My name is Ellen McDermott. I am co-director of OpenPlans, a not-for-profit technology development firm based in Manhattan. We work with city and state agencies, community boards, and community groups to provide them with better tools Read more…

Take Back Your Street: DIY Traffic Safety

Co-led by Transportation Alternatives and OpenPlans Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 6:00-7:00pm Talking Transition tent, Breakout Room Duarte Square
, Canal Street & 6th Avenue During his campaign, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio pledged that, “The City must take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities each year until we have achieved “Vision Zero” — a city with zero Read more…

myPhillyRising, GitHub and you

As you might have heard, the Office of the Managing Director in Philadelphia recently launched myPhillyRising.com, which we built. Here’s some more info about tech behind the the app, and what we’re doing to create an engaged community of developers around it.

aaron.walkshed

Here’s Aaron presenting at the Geo Open Source Conference

Making Brooklyn Safer

Make Brooklyn Safer is using Shareabouts to collect information on dangerous streets, covered today by DNAinfo — “We’re just fed up,” local parent and meeting organizer Hilda Cohen said. “This is an opportunity to get people in the community together who want to make change.” The first goal of the group is to get more Read more…

TransportationCamp heads West!

This Saturday, November 16th, TransportationCamp West is at UC Berkeley to bring together the west coast’s leading thinkers about transportation and technology. Brought to you in collaboration with Young Professionals in Transportation and UC Berkeley, TransportationCamp West features plenty of unconferencing, plus keynotes from Ed Reiskin, Kevin Novak, and Michael Mugurski. Visit the event page Read more…

Open Planning Tools Symposium, November 20-21

Heading to the Open Planning Tools Symposium in Sacramento this year? We’ll be there for a hands-on work-sessions with scenario planning tool developers, researchers, and high-level users, including the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Sonoran Institute, Place Matters, and many others. This year’s event is hosted by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, November 20-21. Read more…

Geo Open Source Conference in Philly today!

Are you attending the Geo Open Source Conference today? If so, be sure to catch Aaron’s talk — Walkshed.js: Measuring Walkability with Client-side Raster Processing. 3:50pm on the dot. The Geo Open Source Conference is from 1-9pm at the Arch Street Meeting House, hosted by the GeoPhilly meetup and LocationTech. Click here for tickets.  

Open City

This Thursday Frank will be speaking at Open City from 7-8:30pm in the Kellen Auditorium at 66th Fifth Ave. and 13th St., hosted by The New School’s Urban Colloquium. He will be joined by John Kaehny of Reinvent Albany and Michael Freedman-Schnap of the Office of Councilmember Brad Lander. Stop by to hear the latest Read more…