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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Watch PediaCities co-founder Joel Natividad on BBC

PediaCities is “doing big data for good, for regular people,” says our co-founder Joel Natividad in a recent video interview with the BBC’s Jonny Dymond. The BBC piece explores how big data and NYC’s open data protocols are changing the way the city functions. Dymond observes that New York City is “gathering data, processing data, and distributing data like never before, tearing down the walls …

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Polling Places are here!

Tuesday, November 5 is the general election here in NY, and PediaCities wants to help you find your polling site. You can see all NYC polling sites on the landing page and identify any polling station by simply hovering your mouse over it.  To find your own polling place type your address into the search bar.  A pop-up label will appear over your polling station …

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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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The Team Behind the Neighborhoods Project

Three PediaCities contributors worked together on the conceptualization and creation of the neighborhoods map: Aykut Simsek, Zack Silverman, and Nathan Storey. They were all happy to work on a map that, as Zack commented, represents the kinds of neighborhood-based changes he notices as he takes walks through the city. Aykut Aykut is currently pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science at NYU-Poly.  He moved to NYC …

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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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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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