A day of workshops and hands-on civic geek projects in support of Open Data initiatives in the City of Seattle.
Update 2/16/2011 4:25pm
Email going out to all registered attendees on Thursday 2/17/2011 (Will have information about what to expect on Saturday, and details about hashtags, google groups, and other online resources for the day.)Who?
City governments have a lot of information which is useful to all of us. This ranges from maps of local parks to building footprints to real-time 911 calls. We all have an interest in our budget information, legistlative documents and other resources that we use in collective decision-making and deliberation. Not all of this information is currently available for all cities, even though much of it is public record. The “Open Data” movement is a way to work on getting information into machine-readable formats, allowing for easy publishing, sharing, and reuse. We’re hosting DataCamps in CfA’s cities this year to build communities around making city data more open and accessible to allow citizens to help cities work better. DataCamp is a event focusing on skill-building and collaborative work on city data. It is an opportunity for interested parties in a city to work together, and build a network of people with shared interested in improving civic communications and information management.
February 19, 2011 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Registration at 9:30 a.m.)
(President’s Day Weekend)
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Introduction: 10:00 a.m.
Hands-on Workshops: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Workshop presentations: 11:45 - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Socialize with people you don’t know!)
Project Introductions: 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Project time: 1:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Project presentations & Closing Circle: 5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Afterwards: Drinks/dinner with anyone interested in attending.
What to bring
Bring laptops & power strips if you have them.
There is room for 50 people.
About this DataCamp
Organized by the Code for America fellows, who are in Seattle for the month of February.
Code for America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a new public service, sort of like a Peace Corps for Geeks. The fellows are partnering with the City of Seattle to create solutions that allow for collaborative problem solving between the city and local civic leaders and community organizers. Learn more: codeforamerica.org/seattle, Twitter: @cfaSEA, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Socrata is a Seattle-based company that provides cities with a way to make data open and accessible for all. In addition to their work with data.seattle.gov, Socrata was recently spotted during Obama’s State of the Union address: Socrata helped the White House to publicize their log of visitors. Learn more: socrata.com
Seattle is a pioneer in the use of digital technologies in support of open data and online civic engagment. Seattle is participating in the first ever year of Code for America.
Email Us: email@example.com
Follow Us: @cfaSEA
Visit Us: codeforamerica.org/seattle
Tech community, city employees, local community organizers, Government 2.0, online civic engagement, open source.
Code for America: Seattle
Connecting Local Leaders To Solve Local Problems
About The Fellowship
Code for America is a new public service fellowship that recruits passionate technologists to spend a year to work with governments be more efficient.
About The Seattle Project
The City of Seattle is a leader in the movement towards open government. The city staff actively pursues citizen engagement projects: recurring town hall meetings, platforms for citizens to share ideas for improving the city, and online dialogues through Facebook and Twitter. The city has opened up access to many different streams of data and information ranging from building permits to crime reports. These resources present a valuable opportunity for civic leaders to become more effective and better connected. Code for America’s Seattle project is about strengthening the city's network of civic leaders and making collaboration between these leaders and the city staff more effective.
We Need Your Help
The Code for America fellows hope to take advantage of the great innovative work Seattle has already done, so they will begin by learning about existing technology tools. For the entire month of February the fellows will be in Seattle for the sole purpose of meeting and interviewing the civic leaders and city staff from the department of transportation to Seattle’s Neighborhood District Council.
Partners & Supporters
The Code for America Seattle project is funded by a number of organizations including the Knight Foundation, Microsoft, The Case Foundation, O'Reilly Media and the City of Seattle. Seattle was chosen as one of the first cities to participate in Code for America, based on its proposed project.
Seattle CfA Fellows | About Us
Chacha Sikes is an experienced developer who wants to make it easy for us to learn from each other to solve local problems. She brings experience in participatory education projects and in public design for collaborative projects for informal communities like local food systems. Much of Chacha’s work has been for interactive exhibits in museums. She was also a core engineer for the state of Missouri’s Department of Conservation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chachasikes
Alan Palazzolo is a web developer, focusing on open source software, data visualization, and mapping. He has worked in the non-profit and NGO sectors, having worked for multiple organizations at home and abroad. He is an active contributor to the Drupal community and is a firm believer that open source is more than just a software methodology. Specifically, he is one of the lead developers of the Drupal OpenLayers module, which is a robust solution for web mapping in Drupal. Contact: email@example.com | @zzolo
Anna Bloom has worked as a reporter and researcher for news organizations ranging from local newspapers to national websites. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2010, she worked for YouTube to launch an innovative news project documenting the Bay Area with user-generated video. Prior to that, she regularly contributed to The New York Times Bay Area Blog and co-founded a hyper-local news site for Oakland in 2008. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | @annabloom