DoITT Introduces Facebook to NYC OpenData
On July 10, a team of DoITT and NYCEDC employees introduced NYC OpenData to Facebook engineers at one of the company’s internal hackathons in Manhattan.
Albert Webber, Program Coordinator for NYC OpenData, outlined how to access and use NYC datasets and APIs, and described the benefits of open government. Chelsea Rao, NYCEDC’s Vice President at the Center for Economic Transformation, and Noelle Marcus, an NYCEDC Project Manager, discussed NYC BigApps, the annual app competition that challenges developers to create tools using open data. This year’s winners used City datasets to engineer apps that help improve public health, assist parents in searching for child care, and link New Yorkers with social services around the City.
Facebook’s internal hackathons encourage employees to explore projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. NYC OpenData helps the City build partnerships with the tech sector by offering free access to more than 1000 datasets on a wide range of City operations, including cultural affairs, transportation, education, health, housing, and more.
DoITT's Albert Webber delivered a presentation on the NYC OpenData portal to a full auditorium at the 2013 hackNY Student Hackathon. This event took place on April 6th at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University.
View photos of our NYC Open Data Policy Hack Day on Saturday at Pivotal Labs. Thanks to all who contributed their time and ideas!
Add your feedback to the NYC Open Data Policy: nyc.gov/datastandards
Help develop the plan for NYC government to unlock its data
NYC Open Data Policy Hack Day Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM (ET) REGISTER HERE
NYC recently enacted Local Law 11 of 2012, which mandates citywide open data in machine-readable formats through a centralized, publicly accessible web site. The NYC Open Data portal was launched in late 2011 to meet this need. The legislation additionally mandates the creation of technical standards in support of this initiative.
Join NYC DoITT’s team from the Office of Strategic Technology Development and the open government community – policymakers, technologists, civic hackers, app developers, academics, journalists and data enthusiasts – for an engaging day of discussions, drafting, planning and hacking.
Don’t wait until the event: collaborate on NYC’s Open Data Policies, Technical Standards, and Guidelines wiki now.
The 1st prize winner was “Can I Park Here?” designed by @Eric Rafaloff which tells users if it is legal to park in a space in real-time.
The 3rd prize winner was NYC TaxiTracker, designed by Reinvent NYC.gov alum @_alastair, which allows users to track cab medallion numbers and drivers, compare route data and review their cab experiences.