From the archive: oldies and goodies
We moved our blog to a new home on the internet. (Check it out, it's great.) Unfortunately, not everything came along with us. Our staff, fellows, friends and supporters have been posting interesting pieces since 2010. Check out all 1042 of our archived posts here.
Jul 8, 2015 by Jacob Solomon
Jul 6, 2015 by Dan Hon
I last wrote about the cost of knowing in the particular case of McKinney, Texas, where government staff appear not to have the ability to search through email correspondence that was sent or received before March 2014. While our experience at Code for America bears out that the city of McKinney is probably typical — many local governments struggle to have sufficient knowledge or capability in technology — the news isn’t all bad.
Jul 2, 2015 by Ben Smithgall
One of the projects I’ve been working during my Code for America fellowship is a search-based application over contracts in the City of Pittsburgh. A common problem among people in the City is that they need to look up information about contracts when they go to buy something. They might need to get the right identifier for the City Controller to pay the invoice, or figure out which specific height of fence post they can buy. Right now, they are often leafing through large stacks of printed documents, spreadsheets scattered across shared drives, and several websites. The goal of this project is to unify that data and make it searchable.
Jul 1, 2015 by Dan Hon
We had another opportunity this week to think about what delivering 21st century government means with the news that the city of McKinney, Texas proposes to charge $78,974.05 to Gawker Media to fulfill a FOIA request relating to officer use of force at a pool party last month.
Jun 26, 2015 by Andrew Hyder
The Code for America network is made up of more than 26,000 people around the world who help make their communities and governments work better. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this week:
Jun 23, 2015 by Dharmishta Rood
Jun 18, 2015 by Cyd Harrell
In May, the City of Asheville formally released a beta application called SimpliCity, which we wrote about here. SimpliCity aggregates open data from several different agencies and systems to provide residents with a simple, beautiful view of everything the City knows about a particular address. Try it out by using “92 Patton Ave” as an address.
Jun 17, 2015 by Hannah Young
At Code for America, inclusion and diversity are core values. As Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Engagement at Code for America says, “We believe civic tech cannot work unless it works for everyone.”
Jun 16, 2015 by Matthew Moyers
I am a firm believer that the prime responsibility of parks and recreation operations is to serve the needs and desires of the people.
Jun 11, 2015 by Alex Soble
Code for America is many things: an international volunteer organization, a fellowship program, a permanent staff organized into teams, a peer network of government practitioners. How do all of these different parts work together as one Code for America?