Our weekly report on what civic hackers and open gov advocates are doing, saying, and sharing:
Chicago Brigade member and Open Gov Hack Night regular Josh Kalov saw that a teachers’ strike in Chicago was imminent. Armed with data and his civic hacker know-how, Josh quickly published this map. The Mayor saw it and shared it. A few days later Chicago Public Schools published a similar map. Coincidence? We think not.
David Eaves published this brief and brilliant article on the trappings of open data by way of recent example. It seems that either some government organizations in the U.K. are running at ridiculous amounts of overhead or the data are incorrect. My take-away: the more data we open the more responsibility we have to verify correctness in sources and the validity of correlations and conclusions
I’m delivering the closing keynote for Geek-end, an “interactive conference phenomenon” in Savannah, Ga. where “the brightest geeks, designers, developers, artists, and social media mavericks…for several days filled with cutting edge speakers, fun-filled after parties, and amazing networking opportunities.” This is an article about my talk, “Hacking as a Civic Duty.”
Philadelphia’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer Mark Headd emailed me a link to this handy, open source template for open government. It’s the Executive Order from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Fork, commit, push!
Azavea has been a long time host and supporter of hackathons for civic good. Founder and President Robert Cheetham once told me that he considered it his patriotic duty. Here is a report on the results of the recently hosted Hacks for Democracy.