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.
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.
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.
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?
Join the discussion: good grub in Logan Square.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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.
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.
Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads this week on EveryBlock Chicago.
Looking for a place to watch the NFL Sunday games? Find a good spot.
Neighbor discussion: unleashed dogs on the beach.
Attn: blank walls, there’s an artist looking to give you some color.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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!
— WordPress.com VIP (@WordPressVIP) September 10, 2014
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.
Code for America has a new article up on a map that allows Atlanta residents to see how money is being spent to help improve their communities. The map allows users to click on their location, see what improvements are being made, and discuss those improvements with others.
It’s one thing to know that your city is spending hundreds of millions of dollars improving infrastructure. It’s another to know that they’re finally going to fix your broken sidewalk.
We’re working to bridge this gap in Atlanta using a new website we call, simply, Infrastructure Map.