Category: Gov 2.0

Humanizing Open Data

Our focus on context here at Ontodia, is not just about making it easy to create maps and promoting conversations around data – its all towards our ultimate goal of Humanizing Open Data. Behind each dataset, there’s a story.  Building and construction permits tell stories of urban renewal and gentrification.  311 heating complaints tell stories about delinquent landlords and old infrastructure.  And Vision Zero data records the tragedy of …

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Open Data is Geospatial Data

  When we first started Ontodia, we were really keen on applying pragmatic semantic web technologies to open data.  “Onto” comes from ontology, and “dia”, from encyclopedia.  We thought (and still do) that “Open Data is the killer app of Linked Data and vice-versa.” NYCpedia was actually our third attempt at doing that (NYCFacets was our second,  and NYCDataWeb, the first).  And on our third attempt, …

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Talk is not Cheap

OpenData.city is not just about democratizing opendata in terms of affordability.  Its also about  widening the opendata community to something that regular citizens, businesses and students can understand and use in their daily lives. And as we learned when we built NYCpedia in 2013, its all about creating context.  People don’t care about raw Big Open Data – thousands of datasets in a portal.  They care about Small Data – actionable …

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OpenData.city is Live!

Today, we’re thrilled to announce  that OpenData.city is live! As a company born out of Open Data, we’ve seen how fast the field has evolved.  When I first entered NYCBigApps back in 2010, NYC’s DataMine was primarily a list of 350 files being served out of a web server – no API, files in various formats, little metadata. Since then, NYC has become the top Municipal Open Data City …

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Prototyping the “Answering People Interface”...

Earlier this spring, a blog post by recent Code for America (CfA) fellow Dave Guarino  generated some buzz in Civic Tech circles – “ETL for America.” (ETL stands for Extract, Transform, Load) In it, he wrote about how the oft-repeated mantra at CfA of “building interfaces to government that are simple, beautiful, and easy to use” is but one piece of the civic tech puzzle.  He states: “many of the problems …

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Our take on Open Source and Our Government

Fred Wilson wrote a great post yesterday about Open Source and Our Government.  Our take was buried in the very active “disqus”sion afterwards, so I’d thought I’d post it here and expand on it further: Source Code is Data. So it can even be argued that Open Source falls under the Federal Open Data initiative.   For a civic tech startup like us, its so …

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PediaCites Testifies at New York City Council Hearing ab...

PediaCities is built on open data. We were happy to join others from the civic hacking community in New York City to advocate for access to traffic crash data. Full testimony below. Summary of my testimony to @NYCCouncil today on crash data: “Give us the raw data with Lat/Longs” #SafeStreetsMap@noneck@fkh@BetaNYC — Nathan Storey (@npstorey) October 10, 2013   Ontodia, Inc. testimony for INT NO 1163-2013 …

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#opendata shutdown: The Case for a Web of Data

Federal open data portals have gone dark because of the shutdown.  Census.gov, data.gov, and countless other sites are unavailable.  Thankfully, the opendata community  stepped up and have quickly cobbled together workarounds to keep the data flowing. We’re still just a few days into the shutdown so its full impact is yet to be felt as the our politicians play “essential services” poker and the “Anti-Deficiency …

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New York City #opendata – more OpenFloodgates

With less than 100 days to go, the Bloomberg administration is still pushing the Open Data envelope!  This Monday , it announced several Open Data advances: More than 200 New Datasets since March 2013, bringing the City’s total to over 1,100 An Open Data Plan, detailing the release schedule for additional datasets till 2018 A revamped Open Data Portal with a much improved user experience …

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Our take on Citizen Identity & Sign-on

I just read Cyd Harrell’s post on Citizen Experience Challenges: Identity & Sign-on, and its an issue that resonates with us as we build our platform. Even with data-wrangling, we have a whole library of different “identities” as we wrangle data from different sources – both public and private. In her post, she touched on the possibility of using a municipal implementation of social/single sign-on …

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