At OpenPlans, many days are civic hacking days, but Saturday is special – it’s a Title Case National Day of Civic Hacking. If you’re working on a project, we have Shareabouts API keys available (and great docs). Stop by community.openplans.org with questions and requests, and look out for us at NYC and Philly events!
Join the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, BetaNYC and OpenPlans for a showcase of BikeNYC and Citi Bike NYC – related projects. Wednesday, May 28, 7pm. The night will feature presentations from the city’s top visualizers, app and map developers. Details and RSVP at the BetaNYC meetup group.
Last month, OpenPlans and Code for America convened a testing and user research workshop, with the goal of getting as many public sector participants as possible. While not necessarily part of their official job description, all the participants understood that as city agencies put more information and services online, thinking about the end users of that information and services is an important part of service delivery.
We’re thrilled to announce that Gabe Klein is joining the board of OpenPlans. Combining tech savvy, policy smarts and an entrepreneurial flair, he will be valuable to both the software and media sides of the organization.
Watch video interviews with participants of the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute’s 2013 Forum on Communications and Society.
Last year, nine NYC Council Members supported community-driven budgeting, giving local residents the opportunity to decide how funding should be allocated in their neighborhoods. Known as Participatory Budgeting, it’s an exciting opportunity for people to come together for public meetings that matter. High-impact, popular projects get supported, and hundreds of residents work together, becoming empowered and informed.
We want to see Shareabouts be even more useful for PB in future years. We’re excited about it being part of a collection of powerful open source engagement tools, making participation more rewarding, and giving staff and volunteers the tools they need to manage the complexities of engaging thousands of people over several months. From initial idea gathering to presenting the final results, we want to see open, collaborative tools underpinning the entire participatory budgeting process.
In an effort to make the budget process more inclusive of residents’ voices, Community Board 6 in Brooklyn is putting their capital expenditure requests online in an interactive map.