In this episode, we discuss the work of Code for Miami with Rebekah Monson and Ernie Hsiung. You can reach Rebekah on Twitter @rsm and Ernie @ErnieAtLYD. Code for Miami a Code for America Brigade – a group of self-organized volunteer civic hackers – for the Miami area. Code for Miami is a group of developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers who volunteer to help government and civic organizations adopt open web technologies for Miami-Dade County, Florida. They run several cool projects, including TextMyBusMIA, MiamiDecoded, and the FL Legislature Tracker. You can find out more about them on their website at codeformiami.org.
As part of our RHoK Hackathon for the National Day of Civic Hacking, Code for Boston Member @CWMma expanded the functionality of our @MBTA_Alerts Twitterbot by making new Twitter feeds for every subway and commuter rail line, as well as selected buses and the ferry service.
It was covered by a bunch of local press outlets, in both print and digital.
Metro has a whole lot of really great data about bike and pedestrian counts in Portland and lots of info about how people use the trails. All of it is in spreadsheets right now and they want to find a way to visualize the data and make better use of the data.
The team brainstormed ways to use this data and came up with some great ideas that can really help people and show useful information. For example: we can show trails that are ADA accessible and where they are, trails that have parking nearby, protected crossings, safe bike commuter routes, or are particularly scenic.
This is a map application that asks questions to determine what trail you are looking for. You start with broader categories like biking or walking and narrow your focus from there based on what matters most to you.
Right now, we are working on importing PLATS compatible geometric trail data and assigning it the values from the spreadsheets and displaying it on the map in a heat-map style. So the trails that best fit your criteria will really stand out on the map for you. Eventually, you will also be able to tap on a trail and pull up more information about the trail.
“New York City has a thriving data community and one of the strongest open data portals in the nation. A comprehensive data strategy would build on past successes, improve the city’s economic and social well-being, and help city government better meet the needs of its citizens.”—Big data can be a big help to city | Crain’s New York Business (via betanyc)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. - April 26th, 2014 has been officially proclaimed Fort Lauderdale’s Cares Day. To accompany this proclamation, Code for Fort Lauderdale, a volunteer, citizen-led technology group has teamed up with the city’s Chief Service Officer, Jorg Hruschka, to create an easy to…
No doubt, this has been a tough weekend for Meetup. Since Thursday, we faced a massive attack on our servers — a DDoS attack, which is a barrage of traffic intended to make service unavailable. We’ve had many hours of downtime over several days, a first for us in 12 years of growing the…