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Press Release – Manhattan Borough President Brewer, BetaNYC launch BoardStat, new data research and visualization tool for Community Boards and everyday New Yorkers, at NYC311 #datajam

NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and BetaNYC unveiled BoardStat, a new interactive tool help laypersons sort, display, and map 311 complaint system data without advanced technical skills or specialized software. BoardStat was built to bridge the gap between merely providing access to open data and…

How to improve NYC’s open data law 2.0?

Last week, we had the chance to join with members of the NYC Transparency Working Group and provide feedback on the future of NYC’s open data law (video). As this bill is under discussion we encourage all to provided your thoughts via councilmatic. Intro 1525-2017 This bill would require updates to…

Announcing NYC 311 Data Jam – NYC’s National Day of Civic Hacking event

Join us on Saturday, 23 September, for a day dedicated to improving the people’s dataset! For 2017’s National Day of Civic Hacking, we ask you to roll up your sleeves and data jam with us. Last year, we worked with NYC Parks to improve their TreesCount! Census data. This year, we will shine…

NYC Planning Data Jam Recap

Event Summary On May 8th, fifty urban planners, data scientists, and civic hackers came together for the Department of City Planning’s first data jam! For the day, participants improved NYC’s most comprehensive dataset of facilities. This facilities database is produced by the NYC Department of City Planning and is used…

Video: Represent NYC: Probing Open Data to Solve NYC’s Problems

For the last two years, BetaNYC has partnered with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer to create the Civic Innovation Fellowship. This program has created the City’s first open data and civic technology curriculum, performed a gap analysis on Manhattan Community Board’s capacity to use civic technology, and is currently…

Announcing NYC’s Dept of City Planning Data Jam!

JOIN US FOR A ONE DAY DATA JAM TO IMPROVE NYC’S #OPENDATA! Following up on the launch of NYC Facilities explorer at NYC’s School of Data, BetaNYC is collaborating with NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) and American Planning Association (APA) to host a one day data jam to explore…

🗽 ❤ 💻 — NYC SoData 2017 recap!

On March 27, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,nycSoData,Presentation,Report Back,Video, With No Comments

Where Civic Technology, Data, and Design Align! To celebrate 2017 International Open Data Day and kick off NYC’s open data week, 276 participants, 66 speakers, 35 Volunteers, and 13 Sponsors and Community Partners met at Rise New York to engage in a thought provoking day about technology, data, design, and the…

Join us for NYC School of Data 2017

On February 18, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,Events,nycSoData, With No Comments

New York City School of Data is a community conference showcasing NYC’s civic design, civic/government technology, and open data ecosystem. Through TEN thought provoking sessions and THIRTEEN small group workshops, this year’s conference asks for your help in improving community resources, and challenges you to build a collective future. Join…

Affirming BetaNYC’s values

On February 1, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,Testimony, With No Comments

I want briefly talk about BetaNYC’s values and affirm our vision of the future. Frankly, this new Federal administration is walking away from open government principles, facts, and the fundamental principles that make America great. The last 11 days have brought much heartbreak to our staff and volunteer leadership committee….

Open Call for 2017’s School of Data Session Proposals

On January 30, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,Events,nycSoData, With No Comments

Psst! NYC’s School of Data is coming up on Saturday, 4 March 2017!  We are honored to celebrate the FIFTH anniversary of New York City’s Open Data Law and International Open Data Day. We’ll host thoughtful discussions around digital privacy, encryption, smart cities, open government, and technology, we want our…