How Digital Are States in 2014?

Sep082014

Interesting survey from GovTech on how digital each U.S. state is – including the rise in popularity of Open Data.

Over the last two years, states have made real progress when it comes to using technology.

In the Center for Digital Government’s biennial Digital States Survey, which evaluates state governments’ ability to improve internal processes and better serve citizens with technology, three states received straight A grades and five others earned an A-minus. Thirty states received grades in the B range — up from 22 in 2012 — and 12 states received grades in the C range.

Read More: http://www.govtech.com/state/State-of-the-Digital-States-2014-Survey-at-a-Glance.html


Updated: EveryBlock Philly iOS app

Sep082014

Update: The new iOS app version has been approved by the Apple store, so new Philly users will be able to sign up via the app. Download it here: EveryBlock iOS app

In our relaunch of EveryBlock Philly we’ve detected a bug in the iOS app that prevents new Philly users from registering on the app. This does not impact philly.everyblock.com or mobile browsers, only the iOS app. Our team is working on a fix. In the meantime, new users are free to create a new account directly on the web site, philly.everyblock.com or from the mobile site. We apologize for the inconvenience and will notify you when the bug is fixed.


Popular in Chicago: September 5th Edition

Sep052014

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

There’s been an Elvis sighting in Portage Park – have you seen him?

What is the best thin crust pizza in Chicago?

The California blue line station is closed for six weeks.

Help a neighborhor out – suggest unique and unconventional wedding spaces.

Skunks are still roaming the streets (at least in Oriole Park). Be careful!

Finally, there’s a chicken in Logan Square looking for a good home.

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How civic hackers are helping local journalism

Sep052014

EveryBlock was featured in a Columbia Journalism Review article about Chicago’s civic hacking community. The piece described how EveryBlock was born from ChicagoCrime.org and became “the granddaddy of civic apps and a forerunner to a wave of hyperlocal sites…” It’s a good piece and shows how open data can impact communities.

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/chicago_civic_hackers.php


How the Sharing Economy is Strengthening Emergency Response and Recovery

Sep032014

Great post from GovTech on the potential for technology and the “sharing economy” to help communities respond to natural disasters.

The “sharing economy” — the term now commonly used to describe using technology and social media to promote the sharing and reusing of assets ­— has received a good deal of press over the last few years. From cooperatives that allow people to share cars, bikes and homes, to crowdfunding and crowdsourcing initiatives that allow large undertakings to be accomplished through the combined efforts of many, working together appears to be the latest progression in the social media evolution.

Read more: http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/How-the-Sharing-Economy-is-Strengthening-Emergency-Response-and-Recovery.html


Popular in Chicago: August 29th Edition

Aug292014

Hope everyone had a good week! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago:

Help a neighbor out: how to get rid of dirt?

Brainstorming session – ideas for the Patio Theater

There’s a chihuahua running loose in Logan.

Debate: the best way to search for apartments.

Mosquito spraying is in effect – be aware.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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New Features in EveryBlock Philly

Aug272014

There are a few new features some of you returning EveryBlock Philly users might have noticed. We’ve added in a lot more media mention feeds, including more neighborhood and cultural organizations. On the public data side, we’ve added in 311 service requests, such as potholes, abandoned cars and vacant lots. Finally, as with Chicago, we’ve expanded the events engine to include many more sources.

Thank you to everyone who shared the news of our return! Here’s an article about us in the Philadelphia Business Journal, including our work with the local Philly tech community.

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/08/25/comcast-re-launches-everyblock-in-philadelphia-to.html


EveryBlock is back in Philadelphia!

Aug262014

Hi neighbors! It’s been a while, but we’re happy to report that EveryBlock is back in Philadelphia!

For previous EveryBlock Philly users, please visit http://philly.everyblock.com/. Your login credentials should still work. This includes logging in with Facebook or Twitter. If you cannot remember your password, you can get a new one via the password reset page.

Once in, you can choose to keep or change your preferences and daily email deliveries.

If you’ve already installed the EveryBlock app on your iPhone, you might need to update it to the latest version in order to log into your EB Philly account.

We hope you’ll once again use EveryBlock  to find out what’s happening around you – from local events and restaurant openings to community news – and to discuss that information with your neighbors, local businesses, and elected officials.

Thank you for your ongoing support and please contact us at any time if you have questions, complaints, suggestions or recommendations.

Yours truly,
The EveryBlock Team

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Popular In Chicago: August 22nd Edition

Aug222014

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

Good ideas for a unique date night?

An unfortunate farewell to some Portage Park Trees

Divvy Bikes delayed until 2015

Mosquitos abound – discuss it here, and see what’s being done.

Book lovers: where should one donate some used books?

Finally – help a neighbor get some cheap, plentiful pizza.

Have a good weekend!

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Knight-Mozilla Fellows take on era of ‘no excuses,’ public data demands

Aug192014

Great article from the Knight Foundation on the work that Knight-Mozilla Fellows are doing on public data analysis – and making that data accessible and understandable for everyone.

In newsrooms around the globe, data experts are embracing daily challenges from their ever-demanding, increasingly info-savvy audience.

The third class of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellows is developing solutions to these demands in seven newsrooms: Internews in Kenya, La Nacion, The New York Times,  ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and The Washington Post. Each fellow creates tools that empower journalists and citizens to access complicated relationships hidden in the untouched stacks of data and research. Mozilla initiated the program in 2010, and Knight Foundation has supported it since 2011.

Read more: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/8/14/knight-mozilla-fellows-take-era-no-excuses-public-data-demands/


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