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Power Down | Limn
OMG! Hackers take down energy grid! David Murakami Wood and Michael Carter calmly explain the how and why (or why not) of infrastructure hacking today.
civictech 
may 2017 by copystar
How Chicago Got Smart About Sensors – Backchannel
This month, the Array of Things moved several giant steps closer to becoming a crucial general-purpose, worldwide sensor data infrastructure for researchers and policymakers. New money from the National Science Foundation is coming in, new collaborators from around the world are learning about it, and 50 devices will be installed on the streets of Chicago in early 2016, with hundreds more to be added in the years to come. Most importantly, the leaders of the initiative (the City of Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Urban Center for Computation and Data) are committed to openness and public consultation — which means the Array of Things initiative will continue to thrive.
civictech 
may 2017 by copystar
Customers, users or citizens? Inclusion, spatial data and governance in the smart city - Research portal
A report on the use and governance of digital data by the city of Amsterdam, with policy recommendations towards inclusive data governance that is fair to minorities and less privileged groups.
civictech 
may 2017 by copystar
Welcome to Calgary.bike
This site is a collection of graphs showcasing the bike counts from the counters set up by the City along with some weather data from Environment Canada. The data is automatically scraped once a day from the respective sites.
Graphs

Counts and Weather - Daily counts and the high for the day
Trending Averages - Rolling monthly average for each counter.
Individual Daily Graphs - Each installation measured in trips/hr.
Cumulative Counts - Cumulative totals since January 1, 2015.
Data Examples - Counts from each installation with hourly weather informations.

For more details on what data is available please check out the README on GitHub
Thanks

Thanks to the City of Calgary, Eco-Counter, and Environment Canada for making the data available.
Sources

Calgary Bike Counter Page
Peace Bridge - Bikes and Pedestrians
Stephen Ave
7th St.
5th St. - North Leg, Under the Tracks, South Leg
12th Ave. - West Leg, Central Memorial, East Leg
8th Ave. - West Leg, Centre
9th Ave. - NMC

Technology

The graphs are generated by Grafana with Graphite/Whisper being used as the data store, and Python scripts to scrape the data. Scripts and how it is set up is available on GitHub.

There are a couple caveats; Grafana will sometimes bin results so the daily counts are off by 1 or 2 and the extra 1 or 2 are in they day before or day after. The other is that while the dashboards are set to correct for the browser - daylight savings time means the hourly and 15 minutes graphs appear an hour earlier than reality. (MDT = -6, instead of -7).
data  civictech 
may 2017 by copystar
Accessible Bath: Mapping Event - Bath: Hacked (Bath, England) | Meetup
This is our first public mapping event for the Accessible Bath project! We'd like to get as many volunteers together as possible to help us map accessible spaces in the city.
geo  civictech 
april 2017 by copystar
City of Toronto launches Civic Innovation Office to enhance service to the public
The Civic Innovation Office will be housed within the City Manager’s Office and apply technology, data analysis and design thinking to develop and test solutions to challenges faced by Toronto residents. The office is fully funded through Bloomberg Philanthropies, a collective that works to address pressing urban challenges to improve the quality of life for local residents. Recently, Bloomberg selected Toronto as the first Canadian city to join its global network of Innovation Teams.
cities  civictech 
march 2017 by copystar
Counterpoint - Where Everyone Counts
Counterpoint makes it easy to count traffic.
cities  civictech 
january 2017 by copystar
Community Data Science Workshops (Spring 2016) - CommunityData
The Community Data Science Workshops in Spring 2016 are a series of project-based workshops being held at the University of Washington for anyone interested in learning how to use programming and data science tools to ask and answer questions about online communities like Wikipedia, Twitter, free and open source software, and civic media.
opendata  civictech 
january 2017 by copystar
An Atlas of Public Life in Downtown Saskatoon - CityLab
Unlike most reports, this one focuses specifically on how people interact with the city. "It's unique to study people spending time in space. Traffic engineers have studied the way cars move around our cities. We know the economics of our cities, but we rarely just look at how people use space," the report’s lead consultant Chris Hardwicke told the StarPhoenix.

The report cost about $240,000 to perform, and takes a holistic approach to documenting life downtown, from demographics to building and street measurements to qualitative data on conditions like sense of safety in a specific place. It draws heavily on similar studies conducted in European cities by the Danish firm Gehl Architects.
cities  civictech 
january 2017 by copystar
How Government IT Projects Can Avoid Repeating the Same Mistakes By Looking at Procurement | culture | Torontoist
In an effort to address some of these problems, the City of Guelph has launched a civic accelerator program. Here’s the policy innovation, in three parts:
opendata  civictech 
december 2016 by copystar

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