EveryBlock Daily Digest Email Update

Oct062014

Hello EveryBlock Users,

Over the weekend we discovered that links in the daily digest emails were generating errors. We have resolved the problem and the daily digest is functioning properly.

The Philly and Chicago EveryBlock sites are fully functional, and were not impacted by this issue.

Please let us know through the feedback form if you experience any issue using EveryBlock. http://www.everyblock.com/contact/feedback/

We apologize for any inconvenience,

-The EveryBlock Team


EveryBlock Daily Digest Email Announcement

Oct052014

Hello EveryBlock Users,

We understand that the links included in the Daily Digest emails are
generating errors. We are aware of the issue, and are working to resolve
it.

The Philly and Chicago EveryBlock sites are fully functional. Please visit
your metro to view the content.

We will provide updates when they become available.

We apologize for any inconvenience,

-The EveryBlock Team


EveryBlock is back online

Oct032014

EveryBlock is back online following some DNS issues – thank you to everyone for your patience.


EveryBlock Philly Neighbors Coming Together

Sep262014

After one month on EveryBlock Philly, neighbors were able to…

…find out where to donate used books in Center City.

…keep their pets safe from pesticide in Rittenhouse.

…learn how to get a trashcan put up on their block in East Passyunk.

…help support small businesses in Juniata Park.

…organize a cleanup in Fairmount Park.

…help raise awareness of LGBT Homelessness in Center City.

…find places to volunteer in Northern Liberties. 

…connect a Kingsessing school in need with a much-needed projector.

…discover good late-night food in Washington Square West.

…get recommendations for a reliable general contractor in East Passyunk.

…alert neighbors to street closings in Cobbs Creek.

…learn how to safely dispose of paint cans in Passyunk.

…support each other during a time of crisis in Point Breeze.

…make sense of errant newspaper delivery in Tacony.

…brainstorm on how to make the Made in America concert more neighbor-friendly.

…discover Cambodian desserts in Northern Liberties. 

…get advice on childcare in Center City.

…learn how to deal with an unresponsive landlord.

…share positive thoughts with neighbors about the return of EveryBlock.

Thank you to everyone who has joined EveryBlock Philly and contributed so far!

 


EveryBlock App now on Android

Sep252014

The EveryBlock App for Android is now available for download on Google Play! From the App, you can view neighbor messages, events and media mentions, as well as post to your timeline.


Introducing The EveryBlock Guide

Sep242014

We’ve created a how-to site with videos on the various functionality of EveryBlock – from creating an account and posting a message to drawing a custom map and using the various moderation features. We hope that it’ll be a useful tool for both new and existing members alike. If you have any suggestions for new videos, please let us know via the Feedback Form.

Check out the site at everyblock-guide.com.

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The CUTGroup Book

Sep232014

Our partners at the Smart Chicago Collaborative have released a website and book, The CUTGroup Book, detailing the findings of their Civic User Testing Group, a set of regular Chicago residents who get paid to test civic apps.

The book includes a how-to on civic tech engagement, examples of tools and methods for app testing, and real-life examples.

You can download a PDF of the book for free or order it as a real book on Amazon. Also read about the contributions of dozens of people who made it happen.

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Plenar.io, the next stage in open data

Sep222014

A new open-source product called Plenar.io is doing some cool stuff with open data accessibility. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Plenario is designed to take us from “spreadsheets on the web”1 to truly smart open data. This rests on two fundamental breakthroughs:

1)  Allow users to assemble and download data from multiple, independent data sources, such as two different municipal data portals, or the federal government and a privately curated dataset.

2)  Unite all datasets along a single spatial and temporal index, making it possible to do complex aggregations with one query.

With these advances, Plenario allows users to study regions over specified time periods using all relevant data, regardless of original source, and represent the data as a single time series. By providing a single, centralized hub for open data, the Plenario platform enables urban scientists to ask the right questions with as few constraints as possible.

Read more: http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/plenar-io-the-next-phase-in-open-data/


Popular in Chicago: Sept. 19th

Sep192014

Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Help a neighbor out: Best place in the city to launch a model rocket?

What’s going on in Boystown?

Beware of creatures: coyotes in Humboldt, mice in Jeff Park.

Helicopters. Helicopters. Helicopters. Helicopters.

Join the discussion: good grub in Logan Square.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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The Weather Company and Emergency Alerts

Sep182014

Interesting piece from GovTech on The Weather Company and their new entry into the emergency alert business – allowing local emergency managers to utilize local, targeted information and publish that information quickly across multiple platforms.

The Weather Company, best known for The Weather Channel and weather.com, is getting into the emergency alert business — a natural fit given the company’s focus and market saturation.

Using its large-scale distribution and weather expertise, the company is, in partnership with local officials, building a localized alerting platform for state, local and private authorities to manage and distribute emergency alerts via The Weather Channel properties and existing local distribution points.

Read more: http://www.govtech.com/applications/Could-The-Weather-Company-Change-Emergency-Alerting.html


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