Committee Passes "Open Source City" Resolution in... →
I’m a big fan of simplicity and open standards to unleash a lot of...– Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), A VC
But in the face of threats to humanity’s future on the one hand and the...– Do Great Things | TechCrunch
"A public-private partnership you’ll want to pay... →
Code for America has the potential to do for city governments what Silicon Valley has done for the tech industry. Imagine what our world would be like if the fastest, most pleasurable service experiences we had were those interactions with city governments! - Terra Curtis, Report on Mobility
The more we examine how civic hackathons work and the more we evaluate what they...– Mark Headd, civic hacker; participant, organizer or sponsor (sometimes as more than one)
Why should every city government treat the same issues as unique barriers? If...– Steve Spiker: Barriers or Processes? Steve Spiker writes a great post about the potential to open-source our processes, not just our code. Hear hear. (via civiccommons)
If You Want a Culture of Collaboration, You Need... →
Five ways governments can encourage civic startups →
1. View open government data as an economic development tool 2. Codify open data requirements 3. Reform the government procurement process 4. Showcase civic applications and companies 5. Manage expectations
Your Donations to CfA Matched! →
Serial entreprenuer and friend of CfA, Ron Bouganim, has graciously offered to match donations to Code for America up to $2500 — your impact, doubled!
Increasingly, citizens are demanding access to raw data from governments to hold...– Goodspeed Update » Blog Archive » How Open are Massachusetts Municipal Data? This is really great. Rob Goodspeed’s research into the state of open data in MA, from a really practical perspective. Here’s the link to the full paper. (via theslowhunch) (via civiccommons)
Build beautiful interactive maps on your Drupal website, and tell engaging...– Mapping with Drupal - O’Reilly Media Congrats to 2011 CfA Fellow Alan Palazzolo for his new book, Mapping with Drupal!
Everyday, platforms are reducing the amount of time developers have to focus on...– The Case For Developer Platforms | TechCrunch Couldn’t be more important for #gov20. These platforms, such as Open311, are the infrastructure for tech public service — the digital equivalent of bricks and mortar.
"Circle less, live more": SFpark Open Sourced →
kfogel: As announced on the OpenGeo blog and at SFpark.org, all the components of San Francisco’s innovative parking space management system are now open source — and they’ve gone out of their way to make it re-useable by other cities. Here’s what SFpark does in a nutshell: it ties together …
Season's Greetings from CfA: December Update →
In one way or the other — from giving your year as a fellow or city partner to spreading the word through your networks — you have helped turn CfA from an idea into a reality this year. Please consider this update, along with some ASCII snowflakes (above), as a small token of our appreciation.
Wanna Buy a City Hall? A Library? City puts assets... →
CitySourced Raises Series A Financing |... →
CitySourced, a location based mobile reporting platform and the leader in mobile civic engagement, announced today that it has closed $1.33 million in a Series A round of financing. The capital will be used to continue product development as well as accelerate sales and marketing efforts.
Code for America: An elegant solution for... →
Code for America is the technology world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America. The premise is simple and elegant. America’s cities need technology help. State, federal and local governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on IT systems and solutions. But a significant percentage of this money is wasted fighting red tape, jumping through bureaucratic hoops or...
Foreclosed homes turned into city parks →
This is what can happen when city departments start to talk to one another. Housing department has foreclosed homes and parks department looking for parcels for community parks = foreclosed homes turned into city parks.