DoITT recently updated and automated a number of datasets, including the Department of Health and Mental Health’s flu vaccine locations and farmers market locations, the Department of Sanitation’s monthly tonnages and graffiti removal, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s lost property and active drivers, among others. The real time information in these datasets begins to tell the story of our city – from over 2,000 medical providers participating in NYC REACH, to over 51,000 active medallion taxi drivers, and the 140 farmers markets located across the city.
Monthly Tonnages, Department of Sanitation
Graffiti Information, Department of Sanitation
Lost Property Contact Information, Taxi and Limousine Commission
Active Medallion Drivers, Taxi and Limousine Commission
Authorized Medallion Vehicles, Taxi and Limousine Commission
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Locations, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Farmers Markets, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC REACH (Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health) Participants, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Visit the NYC OpenData portal at nyc.gov/data to access these new datasets and much more.
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How NYC is using data to fight fires
The Wall Street Journal recently featured the New York City Fire Department’s work to reduce fires by developing targeted inspection criteria. The new predictive model synthesizes roughly 60 factors that are correlated with deadly fires, including the age of a building, electrical issues, the number of sprinklers, and the presence of elevators, and builds an algorithm that assigns each building with a risk score. Using those scores, the City is able to target inspections to buildings with the highest risk. Read the full article: ”How New York’s Fire Department Uses Data Mining”
Image: NYC fire incidents within commercial and high-rise buildings via FDNY Analytics.
Featuring the final winners of #Reinvent311: Pediacities & FeedNYC
Today we’re featuring the two final winners of the #Reinvent311 competition. Pediacities won for the best integration of the 311 Content API into an existing mobile tool, app or website and FeedNYC was the Judge’s Pick.
These former winners of the NYC BigApps competition came to the #Reinvent311 challenge to share their NYCPedia neighborhoods platform, a data encyclopedia about New York City where users can search by neighborhood or zip code to find local community facilities, services, demographic information, news, and events. This neighborhood profile incorporates 7,344 city facilities. To develop their community pages Pediacities used the Open311 API and the GeoSupport Client API.
Jacob Budin’s FeedNYC mobile web app locates food pantries, soup kitchens and senior centers by neighborhood, or by the day or time that an individual is looking for assistance. The clean interface and clear user experience draws information from Open311 API and the Food Bank for New York City. Find out more about FeedNYC on Jacob’s website.
Winners of #311 Mobile Content Challenge
Today we’re featuring two of the five #Reinvent311 competition winners. Apartment Report was awarded best presentation of 311 information on a specific topic and Homeless Helper for best presentation of 311 information targeting a specific audience.
Robert Dunning started his presentation by asking how many people in the room had rented an apartment – as expected, nearly every hand rose. His project, Apartment Report, provides instant access to information about properties across the five boroughs. By combining Google Maps and Google Street View with City data such as the Department of Buildings violations, Housing Preservation & Development violations, 311 complaints at a property, bedbug registry, school zone search, and NYC Finance data, Apartment NYC reveals the important, invisible story of a property, enabling renters to make informed choices.
Developed by Rasmi Elasmar, Homeless Helper is an app aimed at helping homeless persons in need. In addition to providing critical information such as the locations of food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
#Reinvent311 Mobile Content Challenge
In a City where 70% of 311 calls are resolved simply by providing information, the #Reinvent311 challenge asked civic technologists to develop mobile tools to provide 311 information more quickly and effectively. On January 15, #Reinvent311 finalists from across the city came together to share the tools they developed using the 311 Content API, the 311 Service Request dataset and other open City data. From a searchable index of all City facilities to a comprehensive “Apartment Report,” these tools affirmed the depth and breadth of 311 content and demonstrated new mobile opportunities for 311 content delivery. Thanks to all of the participants for their work and to the sponsors, NYC 311, NYC Digital, NYC DoITT, Stack Exchange and Code for America/BetaNYC!
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Today we’re featuring one of the five competition winners. NYC Cares was selected for the best presentation of 311 information on a mobile platform. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on other #Reinvent311 mobile tools!
NYC Cares: Developers, Chris Smith and Aileen Smith of Vizalytics introduced a unique approach for sharing 311 information for food insecure individuals. After identifying seniors as a user group in need of improved access to 311 information, they developed their app, NYC Cares, provides a geographically sorted list of nearby food pantries and shelters, which individuals can use to find services. NYC Cares also allows users to send a simple SMS text of their search results to an individual in need, thereby enabling NYC residents to help each other by providing and sharing 311 information. Check out a video on NYC Cares here.
Visit the new NYC Business Atlas, an interactive map launched by DoITT, the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, and the Departments of Small Business Services. This new tool helps small businesses better understand the economic conditions in their neighborhoods by combining information on population demographics with business filings, tax receipts, and pedestrian activity. Available at maps.nyc.gov/businessatlas/ – the Business Atlas enables local businesses to make better decisions about where to open their doors and how to operate.
According to NYC Chief Analytics Officer Mike Flowers: “This project is an extension of the City’s Open Data efforts. Data transparency means better information for those that live and work in our neighborhoods, and that means more than just raw numbers. The Business Atlas is an easy-to-use visualization that shows that you don’t need to be a data scientist to make good use of NYC data.”
Using NYC Open Data
The NYC Open Data platform provides access to 1,100+ public datasets. Popular data includes restaurant inspection results and detailed maps of the City’s public parks. Anyone can use these datasets to conduct research and analysis or create applications. Join us in putting open data to use!
Watch this demo video and learn how to find, filter, and visualize NYC Open Data.