Category: Why Open Data Matters

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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The Where of New York City Traffic Deaths

More New Yorkers die on the streets because of traffic-related trauma than because of homicides.  Recently, these deaths have become a hot-button issue for everyone in the city, from pedestrians to politicians.  PediaCities is tackling the issue, too, using civic data to put together a map that answers a simple question: where do we get hit? What’s going on Not too long ago, a spate …

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PediaCities: Making Smarter Communities through Civic Te...

PediaCities is super proud of its recent civic tech collaboration with the New York City Department of Education’s iZone, in which we helped the iZone tackle the challenge of high school choice.  We were also very proud to have been chosen as one of the civic tech leaders featured in a recent panel discussion at the Talking Transition Tent. Photo by n0n3ck Yesterday, our product …

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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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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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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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Why Open Data Should Matter to Urban Planners

This is the first in a series of articles about Why Open Data Matters. I’m completing my Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College (graduating May 30, 2013!), so I chose Urban Planners as for the first article in this series. PediaCities is a data informatics startup – we organize, wrangle, and link data about cities. We started with NYC partly because the best …

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