Congrats to Chicago for successfully redeploying our Adopt-a-Hydrant app to preparation for snow season in the Windy City!

Prepping for “Code Across America”
It was really the spark for our community, giving citizens a way to express that interest.
City of Raleigh Councilor, Bonner Gaylord on CityCamp

"Civic Hacking" by Luigi Montanez


#Transpo Camp Best Practices for #OpenData Communities. #opengov #gov20  (Taken with instagram)


#Transpo Camp Best Practices for #OpenData Communities. #opengov #gov20 (Taken with instagram)


Last month, we went to CityCamp to see what brave new technologies the City and County of Honolulu is cooking up.

Now, the city will hold its first “Hackathon” to develop computer apps designed to improve the day-to-day lives of Honolulu residents.

The city will bring its “ever-broadening array…

Transit developers, web developers, hobbyists, hackers, or anyone who uses mass transit and has a bit of tech skills - you are part of the solution
Increasingly, citizens are demanding access to raw data from governments to hold public officials accountable, look up facts, conduct analysis, or create innovative applications and services. Cities and towns create data using geographic information systems such as layers describing parcels, zoning, and infrastructure that are useful for a wide range of purposes. Through a public records request to all 351 Massachusetts municipalities, this paper investigates whether these data are accessible to citizens in practice. Some response was received by 78.6 percent of the municipalities. Two municipalities refused access to all electronic records. Many others charged fees ranging up to $453 or placed legal restrictions on the data through licensing that could chill or prohibit creative reuses of the information through emerging technologies. Other practical barriers limited public access to data, such as limited resources, government officials’ limited technical knowledge, and outsourcing to private vendors. A followup survey among municipalities that did not respond to the request was conducted to determine if they had GIS systems or data policies, and this information was collected for 80.3 percent of the municipalities. Finally, the paper discusses the legal, policy, and technical steps that can be taken by governments to move from a “public records” to an “open government” paradigm for transparency of government data. The policy recommendations for municipalities include publishing GIS data for free online and with minimal legal restrictions.

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)


During the summer I entered this apps contest called Apps for Communities.

“The Knight Foundation and the FCC challenge you to develop a software application (app) that delivers personalized, actionable information to people that are least likely to be online. Using hyper-local government and…


As announced on the OpenGeo blog and at, 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