Hello everyone! We present to you the December edition of our monthly newsletter The_Message! Read up and be sure to subscribe for future editions. Also, feel free to share your events, announcements, and anything else that’s happening. Take care and see you next year!
Monday, December 12, 2022
Happy December! We have a lot to look forward to in 2023, do you? We hope so! But first, here is how we are wrapping up 2022:
- Data-informed legislation: How often is your street blocked by a film shoot? After receiving complaints from community members in District 33, the office of Council Member Lincoln Restler called on our Civic Innovation Lab to help analyze the number of film shoots in locations across New York City. HaoChe, a BetaNYC Associate, responded by prototyping an analytical tool using ArcGIS that explores the NYC Open Data Film Permits dataset. You can use it to visualize the number of film permits taken out for a street between 2021 and 2022. Council Member Restler used it to draft legislation that would cap the number of times a film permit can be taken out for a specific street. Learn more about how HaoChe built the tool in this blog post about his process.
- Final Call for Proposals for School of Data and NYC Open Data Week 2023: Quick! Submit your proposal by Dec 21 to be considered for this year’s program. Got an open data tool to demo or test? A class to teach? A talk to share? We want to hear from you! Last minute questions? Join our Call for Proposals Info Session on Dec 21!
- There are only two more opportunities for you to learn about NYC Open Data in 2022, tomorrow and Weds! Register for our final classes of the year on December 13 and 14 at nyc.gov/discoveropendata. These classes, led by Open Data Ambassadors in partnership with Council Offices, are helpful for people who need an introduction to navigate NYC Open Data.
- Community Board Applications are open in Brooklyn and Manhattan! Community boards are the appointed advisory groups of the community districts of our five boroughs. As a member, you help make critical decisions about land use, budgets, and service delivery in your district. Anyone can apply to be appointed to their district’s board.
And finally, with the help of our lab, a majority of the applications are… or will be… digital!
- Live in Brooklyn? Apply here.
- Live in Manhattan? Apply here.
- Live in the Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island? Stay tuned!
- We’re testing Mastodon. Are you? Say hi. Find us at urbanists.social/@betanyc and our fediverse account: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do you value our work? Consider donating $23 or whatever is comfortable for your budget to support our Civic Innovation Lab (RADARs!), the Civic Innovation Fellowship, and our public programs (such as THIS NEWSLETTER, NYC Open Data Week, and Open Data Ambassadors) into 2023. Thank you, we appreciate you.
See you next year!
But wait, there’s more!
Read on for recent content picks from our team and community. Share yours for next month’s newsletter.
👀 Civic Tech and Gov Watch
The Adams administration quietly canceled the Internet Master Plan, an initiative launched under de Blasio’s administration; the plan aimed to provide free or low-cost, high-speed internet to millions of New Yorkers.
The NYC Council Data Team did a breakdown of the many issues that affect children who rely on school bus service.
Tactical Tech has an initiative called Exposing the Invisible, which includes amazing resources on investigative techniques — one of the resources is in 11 languages!
Tech Policy Press interviewed Dr. Meredith Clark, who provides an insightful perspective on Twitter’s future.
The City performed an analysis on where e-bikes tend to catch fire in NYC, and discussed what e-bike riders can do to stay safe. Side note: we’re excited to see nascent ideas for safe, public battery charging solutions like Ooneepod’s.
Why are government websites so…meh? Greg Jordan-Detamore shares insight into the ongoing challenges with government websites and tech projects.
Matt Stempack created a useful guide on the most civic-tech-friendly Mastodon servers.
It’s a busy time for traveling! Streetsblog did a deep dive on why the US Passenger Rail has struggled, along with some signs of hope.
Last month, the staff at JustFix unanimously voted to unionize as the United JustFix Workers. Congratulations!
📆 Upcoming Events
Dec 13 at 10am (PST) Scaling Civic Technology: Transitioning to Civic Technology
Dec 13 at 12pm Discovering NYC Open Data: Online Session with Council District 2
Dec 13 at 12pm Karen Levy, Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance
Dec 14 at 12pm Discovering NYC Open Data: Online Session with Council District 42
Dec 14 at 12pm December Founders Spotlight with Dr. Eugenia Steingold
Dec 14 at 1pm Virtual Digital Service Career Fair
Dec 14 at 6pm 2023 Tech Skills Forecast
Dec 14 at 7pm ML Talk: Navigating the Full Stack of Machine Learning
Dec 15 at 7pm You R an Analytics Engineer!
📢 Announcements, Job Openings and Opportunities (Submit yours here and see our #Jobs channel in Slack for more posts.)
- The City is recruiting a Product Developer and Data Reporter.
- Georgetown Law has launched their Judicial Innovation Fellowship, a year-long fellowship for technologists, designers, and user testers. Be sure to sign up for their info sessions and mailing lists for the latest updates.
- Localization Lab is hiring a Program Associate.
- The Manhattan Borough President’s Office is hiring a Transportation & Infrastructure Policy Analyst (Job ID# 560899).
- MozFest’s Call for Proposals is open until December 16!
- The National Zoning Atlas is recruiting for four remote positions — two Project Coordinators, a Geospatial Assistant and an Outreach Coordinator.
- The NYC Department of Transportation is recruiting a Graphic Designer (Job ID# 561556).
- NYC Design is recruiting a Project Manager and Special Assistant.
- The NYC Digital Service is seeking an Assistant Commissioner for Digital Services (Job ID # 560717).
- NYCEDC’s Founder Fellowship applications are open through December 16.
- NYC FloodNet is hiring a Community Engagement Manager.
- NYC Open Data Week Call for Proposals are open until December 21!
- OpenArchive is recruiting a Technical Lead.
- Open Heroines is seeking a Web Designer.
- The Open Society Foundations is hiring an Advocacy Officer for the Latin America and the Caribbean Program.
- Seam Social Labs is hiring a Senior Project Manager.
🛸 Keep in touch with our community!
- YouTube (Open Data Week Videos are up!)
- NYC Civic Tech Facebook Group
- Open Data Week
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See you next year! Peace, openness and gratitude 🗽