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BetaNYC’s Statement on the signing of NYC’s OpenLaw and OpenRecord & the launch of City Record Online Workgroup.

“Starting today, the Mayor and this City Council will place fundamental components of democracy online, for no cost, available to anyone regardless of location, privilege, language, or device. We are delighted to see the Mayor and this Council build on the City’s pioneering transparency efforts,” said Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director…

De Blasio hits reset on 911 system overhaul, consolidates project management, reduces consultants – NY Daily News

On August 6, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

De Blasio hits reset on 911 system overhaul, consolidates project management, reduces consultants – NY Daily News Let’s hope the City starts to push this type of tech/product manger leadership across the board! Maybe those product managers can form a little tech innovation leadership committee… “At every level we found…

DAILY NEWS EXCLUSIVE: analysis finds racial disparities in summons for minor violations in ‘broken windows’ policing

On August 6, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,,, , With No Comments

The Daily News has a great summary of precinct-by-precinct data on summonses from 2001 through 2013. The NYCLU exclusively provided the News this data from the Office of Court Administration. The News combined this data with U.S. Census Bureau and NYPD data on the population and racial makeup of precincts….

45% of NYC BigApps’ finalists are BetaNYC member projects! (updated)

On August 5, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

NYC BigApps 2014 finalists have been announced!  We are so happy to see that of the final 20 projects, 9 of them are from BetaNYC’s community! That is 35% 45% of the finalist projects! Also note, nearly 20% of all submitted projects are from BetaNYC’s community. Great job everyone! You might be…

Watch the NYC Bike Network Grow and Evolve Over 120 Years | Streetsblog New York City

On July 31, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Watch the NYC Bike Network Grow and Evolve Over 120 Years | Streetsblog New York City Here’s a great NYC open data story from Streetsblog via Ben Fried. “Betsy Emmons has mapped the history of New York City’s bike network using the platform MapStory. Watch the city’s greenways, bike lanes,…

A new tool to look at NYC’s most dangerous intersections

On July 29, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Akil Harris has created new tool to look at NYC Crash Stats. This online map takes NYPD’s improved crash stat data and gives you easy access to the following views – City Council districts, Community Board zones, Neighborhoods – as defined by the city, Police Precincts, or Zip Codes. Check…

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On July 25, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By , With No Comments

To me, thick engagement includes not only instances where a campaign asks (and obtains) an intensive level of engagement from its participants, but also cases where people and government actors or agencies engage intensively with each other, or where people on their own choose to work together towards some common…

Visualizing a Day in the Life of a New York City Cab

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

Visualizing a Day in the Life of a New York City Cab This week, Chris Whong, a self-professed “urbanist, mapmaker, data junkie” in Brooklyn, put out one of the more thrilling data projects we’ve seen recently. It was a visualization of the day in the life of a New York…

Almost 20% of NYC BigApps 2014 projects were built by BetaNYC!

This is phenomenal! This year’s NYC BigApps 2014 has grown what we pioneered last year. Last year, we helped changed the focus of NYC BigApps from being a “startup” competition to a “civic challenge” competition. No longer is the challenge to build a company, but now it is to solve…

Our community written code of conduct and anti-harassment policy

Equality and community equity are two core components of building a vibrant civic hacker / civic technology community. Last year, we worked with the Code for America Brigade program to popularize “safe spaces.” This year, as BetaNYC grows its membership platform, we wanted internal buy in and consensus. We wanted…