Book Review – Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hacker...

Cross-posted from my Amazon review of the book: Required reading not only for urbanists, but for futurists as well. Anthony Townsend has written the book, now literally and figuratively, on the “21st century’s first new industry – the multi-trillion dollar Smart City industry.” At the dawn of this new century, three things have come together accelerating us into our urbanized future – for the first …

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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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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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Wonkageekathon – GovLabs and the Birth of CityMiss...

When big thinkers, designers & coders hack together. Last month, we were invited to participate in the Inaugural Experiment of GovLabs. It was a mind-blowing experience! First off, we couldn’t help but be star-struck at all the luminaries milling about from the Civic Tech, Gov 2.0, Open Data and Semantic Web worlds – Tim Berners-Lee, Jim Hendler, David Karger, Laura James, Steve Koonin, Mike Flowers, …

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#ArtsTech Unconference Presentation – Data Visuali...

Check out the presentation we organized for the #ArtsTech Unconference. Presenters: Nathan Storey, Product/Communications Manger for PediaCities Chris Whong: Data Viz Enthusiast Michael Thompson:  Accelerator Information Studios If you have any data wrangling needs for NYC data, add them here: http://bitly.com/data_needs Get in touch with us if you have any followup questions!

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New York IS the Empire State of Data!

Whew!  What a hectic month! We co-hosted “Code Across NYC” right here at the NYU-Poly Varick Incubator with Code for America.  The Venn Diagram of Code Across America and the First International Open Data Day! NYC celebrated the first anniversary of its ground-breaking Open Data Law.  I attended the press conference on the steps of City Hall and celebrated (complete with cake!) with friends from …

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Our take on the ReinventedPayphone

Though NYCDataWell didn’t make the semifinals, it was still worthwhile and an amazing collaboration with the Ecco Design team. It allowed us to step outside our engineering focus, and consider the different usecases of a Digital City with a River of Data. Regardless, we look forward to the future of the Reinvented Payphone!  Or “Reown the Phone” (a must-watch) as Mayor Bloomberg put it

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NYC is New Tech City!

ReinventPhones Demo day was sold out, so the nycdatawell team watched via quirky.com/live.​ Looking at the quirky.com livestreaming counter, there were several hundred people watching remotely. Once again, NYC is blazing the trail! Reminiscent of the ground-breaking polihack last year when DoITT used a wiki to get feedback on its landmark Open Data Policy, the City doesn’t hesitate to use unconventional digital means to reach out to …

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