Category: NYC

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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PDF stands for “PDF Data-Fication”

(counter-clockwise) Mayor Bill de Blasio with Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union NY, Noel Hidalgo from BetaNYC, Rachael Fauss, director of Public Policy at Citizens Union, and yours truly Last Thursday, I had the great honor of witnessing the passage of the City Record Online Law.  In my book, its as big a milestone as the widely-acclaimed PLUTO dataset release last year. Because the City Record is the …

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PediaCities Testifies at New York City Council Hearing a...

PediaCities, as an open-data company, was happy to join others from the civic hacking community in New York City to testify at a city council hearing about DoITT’s administration of the New York City Open Data Law.   Our product manager, Nathan Storey, delivered the following testimony at a the hearing this afternoon: Testimony in support of T2013-7110 Honorable Chairperson, I am Nathan Storey, Product Manager …

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Public School Data to Help New Yorkers Choose Their High...

The New York City Department of Education unveiled the results of the first School Choice Design Challenge (SCDC), “a competition for software developers to design applications that will assist students and families during the high school choice process. The apps help families search and navigate the high school directory to find the schools right for them.” We were especially excited to see the 6 apps …

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Neighborhoods are Neat; With Buildings They’re Better

We’d like to give you a sneak peak of a fun new project we’re working on: an interactive, informational map of every single building in the five boroughs of New York City.  Though it’s still in its development phase, we’re excited about how this map will give all New Yorkers the ability to learn all sorts of things about the buildings in which they live …

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Did You Catch the PediaCities audio interview on BBC?

In case you missed it, PediaCities co-founder Joel Natividad was recently interviewed by the BBC. In a short piece about the enormous volume of raw data that has become public in the wake of New York’s sweeping open data laws, BBC correspondent Jonny Dymond spoke with Joel about the innovative way that PediaCities helps to make that data actionable for NYC’s citizens.  Dymond touches on …

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The Why and How of Our Neighborhoods Map

Curious about why we wanted to make a neighborhood-based map to explore NYC’s data?  Curious about how we made the map you’ve been clicking around? Read on to find out! We wanted to present our robust data in a neighborhood by neighborhood fashion because we know how meaningful neighborhoods are for many people.  Unlike cities, or election districts, or census blocks, however, neighborhoods do not …

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Presenting a New Way to Get to Know Your Neighborhood

PediaCities is quite proud to introduce our spiffy new neighborhoods map. We think this map will help people navigate the vast array of NYC data that’s becoming publicly available under the new open data laws. We love that this map helps people find an informative selection of open data that comes from a variety of agencies and organization. But what’s even more exciting to us …

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Find Out More About Your Neighborhood Grocery Store

Ever wonder if that fish market around the corner is a safe place to buy a fillet or two, or if it’s really true that your neighborhood has no clean grocery stores?  Lucky for you, PediaCities has created an easy to use, interactive grocery store finder to help you do just that. You can enter an address to see the health inspection results of nearby …

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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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