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On June 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

So here’s my plea for “building community” around civic tech, whether in the context of an event, a new project, or something else all together: Build with, not for. So You Think You Want to Run a Hackathon? Think Again. — Medium

Scraping Day Care Data in the Naked City | Marc Shifflett

On June 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Scraping Day Care Data in the Naked City | Marc Shifflett This is a great recap of a community itch being scratched by Beta NYC. Thanks for the write up Marc Shifflett! “As it happened one day, Anita Schmid, a physicist turned data scientist and mother of a small child, motivated by…

Contemplating the Mosaic Effect of Free Taxi Information

On June 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Contemplating the Mosaic Effect of Free Taxi Information This is a good extension of the ongoing conversation around NYC Taxi data, data hashing, and what it might mean for future data release.

BetaTalk: Meet Code for America’s fellowship team & former fellows

On June 18, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

BetaTalk: Meet Code for America’s fellowship team & former fellows About the BetaTalk Since 2010, Code for America has been asking technologist and designers “what can you do for your neighbor?” For this BetaTalk, we will have Alexander Tran and former CfA fellows talk about the fellowship program and their…

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On June 17, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

“To be honest with you, people have no clue what these [technology] bills are except about five members of the City Council so they need to hear from you that it makes sense,” said [Manhattan Borough President] Brewer, a former member of the City Council who initiated the council’s technology…

Innovating Gotham: Lara Torvi & Modernizing Government Technology

On June 17, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By , , With No Comments

Innovating Gotham: Lara Torvi & Modernizing Government Technology Q: Why do you work in government? A: I’m fascinated by the intersection of technology and public service. There are so many ways government can harness technology and I love seeing the direct impact of that work. I’m also driven by the…

FOILing NYC’s Taxi Trip Data – with Torrents

On June 17, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

FOILing NYC’s Taxi Trip Data – with Torrents Are you looking for NYC’s TLC Taxi data? You are not alone. A few months ago, Chris Whong FOIL’ed NYC’s TLC 2013 Trip and Fare data. Check out his blog for a great recap and links to a few torrents to download…

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On June 13, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

If the City Hall FOIL tracker was unveiled as a way to quell the call for legislation, it didn’t work. Gotham Gazette reached out to the stakeholders behind the bill and found unanimous support for the legislation and an unfettered desire to continue to push for it. Despite Administration Launch,…

2014.06.12 – NYC’s #CivicHacking Reportback

Photo by @ksFatima ** Recap of last night’s transit / transport hacknight ** Last night we had a great selection of projects. A majority of them have been posted as comments to last night’s meetup page. If you haven’t posted your community announcement, please do so. Also, you should note…

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On June 11, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

The director of the [NY] state’s Committee on Open Government criticized the [Mayor Bill de Blasio]’s stance on denying reporter requests for Freedom of Information Law logs. “I think it’s a ridiculous response,” Robert Freeman, director of the NY Department of State Committee on Open Government, said on Tuesday. “I…