We Won!

When Sami and I started brainstorming last November, we quickly decided what we wanted to do – a “smart” NYCpedia of sorts, backed by federated, structured data – given my semtech background and Sami’s SEO chops. We were even foolish enough to think we can submit three BigApps entries towards achieving that goal – NYCFacets, NYCIdeator (a Kickstarter-like take on NYCBigApps Ideas, where we can …

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MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF NYC BIGAPPS 3.0

Best Overall Application Awarded to NYCFacets, Which Seeks To Streamline the Process for Accessing and Utilizing the NYC Open Data Portal Year One Winner MyCityWay Also Announces the Official Launch of Their Brand New Mobile App, MyCityWay NOW Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, the third annual competition for software developers and members of the public to create web …

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The Big Open Data Picture

With the recent passage of NYC’s landmark Open Data Bill, the stage is set for NYC to become the premier Digital City of the Future. But as referred to in the Roadmap, having Data is not enough. You need a Platform. And the city is doing a great job with its multi-prong “City as a Platform” strategy that its been aggressively executing not even a year …

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NYCFacets featured on semanticweb.com

The article has an extended treatment of our vision for New York City, with NYCFacets as our initial installment towards creating a comprehensive Smart Open Data Exchange. Read it here NYCFacets Wants To Be the Key to the Digital City of New York’s Future

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SEO and Big Open Data (Part 1)

The Early Days of Search Engine Optimization During the early days of the Internet, search was dumb – pure keyword search, and manually maintained directories were the order of the day.  But as the Internet exploded, these techniques started to fail until Google showed up with PageRank and quickly dominated search. And as the Internet kept expanding exponentially, search engine rankings became more important than …

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NYC Open Data Bill Passed!!!

By unanimous vote (48-0), the City Council Committee on Technology passed Intro 29-A – otherwise known as “NYC Open Data Bill“. This is HUGE!!!! With this law, NYC will lead the way and publish practically ALL of its data and kickstart a whole new Open Data ecosystem that will power it to its ambition to become the Premier Digital City of the Future. And you …

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NYCFacets selected as Semantic Mediawiki of the Month!

We’ve been active members of the Semantic Mediawiki community over the past few years, and we wouldn’t even dream of pursuing our startup ambitions where it not for the support of the community. We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants.  Thanks heaps for the recognition! Onwards Open Semantic Data!!!! – Sami and Joel

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CompStat and NYC Open Data

In the mid 90s, I got a chance to work on NYPD‘s Narcotic Investigation and Tracking of Recidivist Offenders (NITRO).  This was during the early days of CompStat, when NYPD started using data-based policing strategies.  Back then, it was still mainly mainframes and pin maps as I did my regular visits to Police Plaza and the Crime Lab when it was still housed in just …

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