“The Pitt researcher is hoping to bring a Code for America brigade to Pittsburgh, setting software developers on fellowships to work on hacking the city’s civic data.”—The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette referring to Bob Gradeck’s efforts. Go Bob! Go!
“Bill 53 (2013) CD2 passed through the PSED committee on Oct. 29, 2013. I was able to suggest amendments to the bill to 1) remove “of minimal public interest” and 2) rename the legislative branch lead to be called the Chief Data Officer. These changes should appear in Bill 53 CD3.”—Code for Hawaii Brigade Captain Burt Lum getting open data done in Honolulu
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis wrote a piece about two hackathons held in Minneapolis this summer: Visualizing Neighborhoods and Hack for MN. Includes an explanation of what a hackathon is, and what it focuses on: community building.
I attended my first Code for Sacramento hackathon tonight at Hackerlab. I sadly missed out on the kick-off meeting last week. After everyone had arrived, the groups convened over pizza and got down to business, picking up where they’d left off last week. There seems to be some cool…
Just a head’s up that the Lexington OpenStreetMap Editathon is next Saturday, October 19th from Noon - 5pm at the Lexington Public Library, Central Branch in Room B. You don’t need to have any experience with OpenStreetMap or mapping at all to participate, but you will need to bring a laptop capable of connecting to the internet. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Hope to see you there!
“Members of Open TC’s have mounted an aggressive campaign to raise candidates’ awareness of the basics. In a questionnaire sent to candidates for Minneapolis Mayor and City Council the group poses a lengthy list of questions intended to raise candidates’ concern for the implicit, even esoteric, details of what it takes to assure citizens’ access to downloadable city data, which is collected by, and for the public good.”
“As in the current competition, the team at the hackathon also ran a competition around visualizing the data. And there were some great visualization of the data that came out of it, as well as another example of where people were…