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


Vote on Philly Bike Share Locations

Sep162014

Attention Philly EveryBlock users – through October 20th, you can vote on locations for the upcoming Bike Share at http://www.phillybikeshare.com/page/about. The map was made using OpenPlans Shareabouts and Textizen.

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Popular in Chicago: Sept. 12th

Sep122014

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

Anyone in Portage Park missing a chicken?

Looking for a place to watch the NFL Sunday games? Find a good spot.

Neighbor discussion: unleashed dogs on the beach.

There’s an epic pothole in Northcenter.

Attn: blank walls, there’s an artist looking to give you some color.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

 


EveryBlock at the WordPress Meetup

Sep112014

A few members of the EveryBlock team presented our hyperlocal publishing platform last night at the September Big Media & Enterprise WordPress Meetup in New York City. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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How can libraries build more knowledgeable communities?

Sep102014

The Knight Foundation has a new challenge for ideas answering the question: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? The challenge runs through September 30th and is open to anyone.

As libraries nationwide redefine their role in the digital age, the need for ideas that build on their potential to spark innovation and spread information is urgent. To answer this call, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries opens for applications today. Winners will receive a share of $2.5 million.

Read more: http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-release/knight-news-challenge-libraries-offers-25-million-/


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