Category: Open Data

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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Reality is the Highest Resolution

I’m the son of two civil servants.  Growing up, however, I remember being indoctrinated by my parents NOT to pursue public service. They both saw themselves through college, and they fell into civil service out of necessity, and got into their career tracks not out of passion, but because there was no other option. I still got the public service bug in me however.  Was …

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Anniversaries, Mochi and Open Data

It was our seventh wedding anniversary the other day so I promised my wife I’ll come up for air and celebrate in style. As luck would have it, New York Restaurant Week was underway so I could impress my wife with my discerning, epicurean (on a start-up budget) choice – Inakaya. Truth be told, it was the only Restaurant Week participant across the street from …

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ESTEEM – STEM, Kidpreneurs and Civic Hacking

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. You hear it all the time on the news.  In this era of high unemployment, a lot of jobs are still going unfilled because of the STEM deficit.  This is where we’re lagging behind in public education and I couldn’t agree more. Being a first generation immigrant, I’m often surprised when I help my nephews and nieces with their …

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311, Sandy, Open Data and Lydia Callis

Finally got power back last Thursday at 3 in the morning!  And the first thing I did was to look for clips of Lydia Callis. During the power outage, our main source of information was WNYC and intermittent updates from Facebook and Twitter from our smartphones.  Mayor Bloomberg had regular press conferences and we couldn’t help but notice that social media was lit up with …

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