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.
Apr 29, 2015 by Tiffany Andrews
After six years of working for the City of Long Beach, culminating in three years as the chief of staff for a former Long Beach councilwoman, I began to think about how I could better serve my community. All signs pointed to making space for innovative ideas and affordable technology.
Apr 22, 2015 by Nicole Neditch
Apr 20, 2015 by Alex Soble
I’m tapping out these words on an airplane that’s about to take off for Boston. That’s where I’ll be meeting Mari and Amir. They are my teammates, and we work together with the city of Somerville. One of our mandates this year is to build technology to better connect children and families with services they need. We’ve heard how children can miss out on critical services when systems (human, computer, both) don’t talk to each other. We’ve started to meet families in Somerville and hear their stories.
Apr 17, 2015 by Anna Marie Panlilio
We got off the plane and drove to the busiest intersection in Kingston, Jamaica, where the Slashroots Foundation calls home. Wendy and I, both 2014 Code for America fellows, would spend the next month working with Slashroots’ data-driven technology projects that protect farmers’ livelihoods.
Apr 15, 2015 by Dan Hon
Government procurement is a big, difficult problem, and one that isn’t going to be fixed in an easy way: there’s too many moving parts. Whether it’s unwieldy requests for proposals (RFPs), a top-down, specification-heavy approach where technology procurement needs to be more iterative, or simply being unable to get the right requirements in front of the best vendors, there’s a lot going on in how governments contract with suppliers.
Apr 15, 2015 by Tom Lee
Cross-posted from Progress on Open U.S. Addresses on the Mapbox blog. Read more about Code for America’s work on open data and OpenAddresses at Mapzen and our work on geographic open data.
Apr 10, 2015 by Emma Smithayer
The Richmond team is back from their residency and grateful to the many incredibly passionate people who have welcomed us and shared their expertise in public health, civic technology, and community engagement. Our 27 days included:
Apr 9, 2015 by Ben Smithgall
As we’ve focused our work down into discrete projects, there have been three main guiding principles that we’ve used to guide our thinking and our development: use simple and consistent tools, do things on the server, and always be shipping. I want to talk a bit more about our choices and how we’ve tried to apply these principles.
Apr 7, 2015 by Jenny Montoya Tansey
We’re in the middle of a defining moment for U.S. law enforcement. With the numerous officer-involved shootings and the resulting public unrest in communities across the country, it’s time to act.
Apr 7, 2015 by Debs Schrimmer
Municipal websites are the digital front door to a city: a place for sharing information, conducting business, and collecting feedback about what residents want and need. When government websites are easy to use, it results in less phone calls from the public, saving time and money for government staff.