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…

BetaNYC’s testimony to NY City Council Committee on Technology – Open Data oversight hearing 1 Oct 2015

Dear Chairman Vacca and Councilmembers, New York City’s open data ecosystem one of the world’s best. We are very sorry that BetaNYC’s leadership can’t be there in person. First, BetaNYC and NYC open data community has experienced an amazing 18 months. We are excited to see the Council and this…

Why Open Data is Still Too Closed – My TEDxNewYork Talk

On January 16, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

iquantny: Through I Quant NY, I’ve worked to tell the hidden data stories about the way New York City runs, and the way we experience it.  But along the way, I’ve learned that as far as our city has come with Open Data, there are some simple steps that would…

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

There are two sides to the coin. Anytime you point out something, it could go either way. If you tell the Department of Health that there’s something wrong with the rating system, they could either say, “Wow, let’s look into that” or they could play defensive. Generally, agencies are defensive,…

Canarsie Tops List of Most Flooded Neighborhoods According to ClaimStat Data

Canarsie Tops List of Most Flooded Neighborhoods According to ClaimStat Data iquantny: In a quest to do for claims against the city what Crime Stat did for crime, Scott Stringer recently released ClaimStat. It maps out claims against the city, including the date of occurrence, type of claim, location and amount…

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On August 22, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

the aspiration of a well-run city should not be to hold claims even but to shrink them. And, at a time when anecdotes and rampant theorizing are fueling furious debates over police crime-fighting strategies, it seems beyond arguing that the more actual information, independently examined and publicly available, the better….

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On August 20, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

“What was the decision process to make the parcel data publicly available? B. Bartlett: It was a confluence of several factors. A key one was that our staff was responding to increasing numbers of FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests for the data; also we’ve had a push at the…

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

Before community activists can tackle issues like income inequality, residential segregation and environmental racism, they first have to identify the extent of the problem they hope to address and the scope of its impact on stakeholders. While the federal government is good at compiling a variety of demographic data for…

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On August 8, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) just introduced a bill to make courts across the state collect, track and release summons data to the public. Bratton’s hiding broken-windows data  – NY Daily News GO JOE, GO!!

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,…