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Invitation to meet Libertarian candidate for NY Governor - Michael McDermott - Michael S. Jun 2, 2014 7:58 PM
Earn a free ticket to Personal Democracy Forum's 2014 conference. - TL;DR - Personal Democracy Forum needs volunteers!! This is the best way to attend the conference for free! Apply now, say you are with BetaNYC, and try to submit to their ask... As quoted from an urgent email request... Noel Hidalgo | B. Jun 2, 2014 4:30 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYC Councilmember Ben Kallos Unlocks 7 Key Bills in Madison for Online Citizen Drafting | The OpenGov Foundation - Robert, Thanks for posting this Links. CM Kallos has asked if we would like to use Google Docs to feel free. I've converted these documents to Google docs for you to use built in commenting. Please feel free to edit a Noel Hidalgo | B. Jun 2, 2014 1:18 PM
NYC Councilmember Ben Kallos Unlocks 7 Key Bills in Madison for Online Citizen Drafting | The OpenGov Foundation - http://opengovfoundation.org/n­yc-councilmember-ben-kallos-un­locks-7-key-bills-in-madison-f­or-online-citize Robert P. Jun 2, 2014 1:05 PM
air quality data project for nyc - Hi everyone, Steve C May 31, 2014 5:06 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Data/Mapping help for a nonprofit - Thanks Scott, I'll connect you two. -Nate On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 5:16 PM, Scott Teesdale < Nate H. May 29, 2014 7:25 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Data/Mapping help for a nonprofit - Hi,  I would be interested to help out.  InSTEDD is supporting a community, OpenHIE, of NGOs and MOHs implementing Health facility registries in low income countries and have a number of open source tools and such that Scott T. May 29, 2014 5:16 PM
Data/Mapping help for a nonprofit - Hey Betas; One of my goodnik in residence fellows is looking to do a big mapping project to identify all the prosthetic clinics in her global network (lots of them in rural/developing areas) and put them in a map to help Nate H. May 29, 2014 4:52 PM
Access-A-Ride data available? - Does anyone know if there is any data available about Access-A-Ride? I checked on the MTA Developers forum and there was Nathan S. May 29, 2014 4:44 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Hacking Journalism - Hi Leonard,  I've been actively searching for a lead developer to collaborate on the online component of a start-up I am launching here in NY that proposes an alternative to conventional journalism and governance. Th Sabrina May 28, 2014 7:01 PM
Re: [betaNYC] if you like bikes and data and community participation... - That's amazing!!! Hope I get to see it :D On May 28, 2014 5:39 PM, "fkh" < [address removed] > wrote: Liz May 28, 2014 5:51 PM
if you like bikes and data and community participation... - Planning Corps' giant bike counter will be set up on Lafayette Street tonight, opposite the Puck building. Stop by to say hi on your way into the event. fkh May 28, 2014 5:37 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Hacking Journalism - Hey Leonard and other folks: If you are interested in hacking journalism, the Tow Center at Columbia is presenting a data/journalism program this Friday. The official title is: Quantifying Journalism: Metrics, Data and Computation | Program It Martha G. May 28, 2014 4:40 PM
[betaNYC] Hacking Journalism - Hey All! I ran into the organizer of Hacking Journalism, Boston. The event is a two day hackath Leonard B. May 28, 2014 3:36 PM
Code for Connecticut - Sat. 5/31 - National Day of Civic Hacking - Pardon the cross-promotion, but as some of us come from the tri-state area, so I thought it was relevant. In conjunction w/ National Day of Civic Hacking, we're hosting another all-day event this year at Se Zack B. May 28, 2014 2:13 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - I think there are better ways to highlight the need for better reporting -- if someone comes to the map, they might be misled by the prominence of contributing factors next to the map when in many locations they are junk data at this stage. fkh May 28, 2014 1:11 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Whoa, this is brilliant Akil.  One suggestion on the interface would be to shim a generic loader (eg spinning wheel or ....) when switching map views. The maps can be sometimes slow to redraw/repopulate in browsers and the current car inte Marc S. May 28, 2014 12:19 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Hey  Sorry about not having the attribution to pediacities just overlooked it! Ill get it added in tonight. I actually used your shap akil h. May 28, 2014 12:04 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Mike - Interesting question (" I noticed that the contributing factor list is missing "Unsafe speed". Is there any reason for that?" Richard R. May 28, 2014 12:03 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Love this map - and glad to see so much input from this forum being used to improve it. One more suggestion, instead of "Last 1000 accidents" choose a default time frame to display, perhaps "Accide Nathan S. May 28, 2014 11:50 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Please keep contributing factors. In leu of detailed summons data, this is where we can hold our public safety officials accountable.  They need to know that we are looking at the detailed data. Noel Hidalgo | B. May 28, 2014 11:29 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Ah, ok, understood, thanks! On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM, akil harris < [address removed] > Mike May 28, 2014 10:49 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - So the way it's working right now is that you only see the contributing factors that are in the set of accidents being displayed. If you filter by neighborhood or precinct you should see that they update with the new data. akil h. May 28, 2014 10:15 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - This is a fantastic start, and just what T.A. was hoping to see when we pushed for Local Law 12! I noticed that the contributing factor list is missing "Unsafe speed". Is there any reason for that? Mike May 28, 2014 10:07 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - +2 for trend!  Would be great to "replay" the last year and see the data animate over time. A more difficult feature to implement, but might help users develop a story out of the slightly overwhelming number of Meghan May 28, 2014 8:30 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Frank -  I agree that contributing factor info is currently far from perfect but I think it's worth keeping in / highlighting: - Including it could highlight the need for more accurate, more Richard R. May 28, 2014 8:18 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - +1 to adding trend - super useful for community organizations and electeds to see how this data is changing over time. I'd also suggest perhaps removing or downplaying the contributing factor fkh May 28, 2014 1:21 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - I made a few of these suggestions.... It's not very apparent but you can already filter down to Police Precinct and Community Board District....I need to work on making it clearer though right now you have to click fi akil h. May 27, 2014 3:23 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - My hunch regarding the relative safety of bicycles versus pedestrian is probably more a result of the reporting or lack thereof. Anecdotal no Marc S. May 27, 2014 11:53 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Yeah there are a lot of "unspecified" factors but also a large number of "blank" and empty factors. There are also issues with a lack of geo data for pretty significant amounts of accidents that are in the dataset. There akil h. May 27, 2014 11:16 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - I'm sure a transportation nut on this thread could give us the denominators to at least get a sense of rough relative safeness. Without them we Sonya R. May 27, 2014 9:53 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - This is a beautiful visualization, and shows how useful this sort of data can be, It also shows -- as most good initial visualizations do -- issues with the underlying data. In particular, in the 500 event sample, which I Michael L. May 27, 2014 9:18 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Great stuff. Some ideas for things that would be great to have.... A dashboard that shows: Crashes in the current month, YTD by month, 3 month trending and compared to prior year. C Richard R. May 27, 2014 8:49 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Interesting that bikes appear to be safer than walking or driving, in terms of number of fatalities :) Joly M. May 27, 2014 12:44 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - This is great! a few first blush ideas:  1. Add City Council, PD, and Community Board districts. It would be great to start advertising to City Council members and Community Boards that they have another Vision Noel Hidalgo | B. May 26, 2014 10:45 PM
NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions - Hey yinz, I've been messing around with the motor vehicle collision dataset and I just made live an updated dashboard. You can filter accidents by contributing factor, injuries or d akil h. May 26, 2014 11:05 AM
[JOB] Summer Fellowship: MIT Civic Data Design Lab - The Civic Data Design Lab at MIT is looking for a creative new interface and web ma alyssa w. May 23, 2014 10:09 AM
Has anyone actually used all the NYC Checkbook data? - Hi Chris and everyone, I see that Chris created a visualization here  http://www.chriswhong.com/proj­ects/nycbudget/ which is very cool. Ralph Y. May 21, 2014 11:59 PM
Re: [betaNYC] This week's hacknight & next week is National Week of Civic Hacking! - Definitely put CL Kao's May 27 talk on your list. Great stuff going on with civic tech in Taiwan. On May 20, 2014 10:35 AM, "Noel Hidalgo | BetaNYC" < noel@betanyc Steven C. May 21, 2014 8:20 PM
Re: [betaNYC] BigApp 2014: IBM Smarter Cities Simulation - hi Steve,  When and where exactly are we meeting board 7 on Thursday? any agenda? anything I need to prepare ?  Thanks,  Amine  Amine T. May 20, 2014 10:18 PM
Re: [betaNYC] This week's hacknight & next week is National Week of Civic Hacking! - Volkan, Gunnar - can you share links to your projects? I can't make it tomorrow but I want to check them out! On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM, Noel Hid fkh May 20, 2014 8:04 PM
This week's hacknight & next week is National Week of Civic Hacking! - Friends, These next two weeks are special. FIRST, we begin our hacknights in a new Manhattan location. SECOND, NEXT week is National WEEK of civic hacking! Join us for a dive Noel Hidalgo | B. May 20, 2014 10:35 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Dangerous Roads NYC (Need Help) - This is a great challenge! Are you planning on attending CityCamp NYC <  http://bit.ly/ccnyc2014 >? This is a great space to tap into the civic hacker developer community. Noel Hidalgo | B. May 20, 2014 9:17 AM
Dangerous Roads NYC (Need Help) - Hello,      I've been working on an entry for the NYC Big Apps competition called dangerousroadsnyc.com and I could use some help.  The idea Jared S. May 19, 2014 5:47 PM
The Brooklyn Quaterly is looking for data/mapping pieces - Hi BetaNYC, The Brooklyn Quarterly  is currently putting together a great team to contribute data and mapping content to its online magazine. As editor for that section, I'l NPR May 19, 2014 3:33 PM
[New Meetup] (TOMORROW/TUE) Data Integration for the Industrial Internet (Free beer, candy & swag!) - TOMORROW (Tuesday May 20 at 6:30pm) Data Integration for the Industrial Internet by Sami Zeitoun, Director of Solutions Engineering, Attunity Free beer, candy-goodies, soda & swag!  James G. May 19, 2014 12:45 PM
Re: [betaNYC] BigApp 2014: IBM Smarter Cities Simulation - Hi Steven, This is fascinating.  I can't make it out to Brooklyn today but would love to learn more about your thinking on this project.  Do you have a few minutes to connect by phone sometime this week? I'm Ron B. May 17, 2014 4:48 PM
BigApp 2014: IBM Smarter Cities Simulation - Dear BetaNYC, The IBM Smarter Cities Simulation Team had their fourth weekly meeting last night and are making excellent progress in developing our BigApps prototype. Steven A. May 16, 2014 3:14 PM
Leveraging Tech to Support Low-Income New Yorkers: A BigApps Affiliated Event - Kate H. May 15, 2014 10:26 AM
Re: [betaNYC] App for Citibike trips : need help ! - Carson, Chen, et al , Love the attention to bike route apps. Have you seen Cycle Philly ? It's somewhat akin to Cycle Atlant Patrick T H. May 14, 2014 7:10 PM
RE: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - You could also add the community district boundaries to your Jessie B. May 13, 2014 9:55 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - Perhaps 'nuanced' more aptly describes some boundaries...not quite what Jefferson had in mind ;) Marc S. May 12, 2014 8:15 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - Community districts boundaries can hardly be called arbitrary. They were thoughtfully selected based Tom L. May 12, 2014 5:19 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - Hi Timothy, If you want information about what other geographies (such as zip codes or police precincts) overlap community board boundaries you can find that on PediaCitie Nathan S. May 12, 2014 2:06 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - No, community boards do not align with zip codes.  They are based on somewhat arbitrary boundaries. On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM, Timothy Alexander < Lothar K. May 12, 2014 2:02 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - Are community boards defined as simply collections of zip codes? Do any zip codes overlap community board juridictions? Where can I find that list? On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 1 Timothy A. May 12, 2014 1:15 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - Hi Richard,  I see that you did a bounding box filter, but filtering for the 3 zip codes that make up CD7 is probably a better route.   Here's my filter:   Chris W. May 12, 2014 1:02 PM
NYPD Crash Data - Rough Analysis for Manhattan CB7 - Folks -  I just did a rough sort through the NYPD crash data and filtered to just get CB7 data . Richard R. May 10, 2014 11:21 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: BIS Buildings Information LL10/80 - Thank you Mark On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM, Mark Headd < [address removed] > wrote: Elcin E. May 9, 2014 9:41 PM
Re: NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - That's fabulous Akil. I had a feeling someone might have been working on something like this already. I'm just joining the CB so I'm not an expert about what kinds of information would be most usefu Richard R. May 9, 2014 5:22 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - All, Here's a quick visualization I worked up today of the collisions data set using Spotfire. It's still a work in progress, so I'd like any feedback and suggestions that anyone has.  Timothy A. May 9, 2014 4:47 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: BIS Buildings Information LL10/80 - Instead of writing one in C#, first check out ScraperWiki or Kimono - might be easier. If you do need to write your own, there appear to be s Mark H. May 9, 2014 3:28 PM
AEC Technology Hackathon | NYC | May 17-18 - Dear BetaNYC friends, I wanted let you know that Thornton Tomasetti is hosting the AEC Technology Hackathon on May 17-18 at the Cooper Union in New York. We will have a number of the best AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Con Mostapha Sadeghipour R. May 9, 2014 3:21 PM
Re: BIS Buildings Information LL10/80 - Thank you Chris, Chris responded my email and he told me BIS website is the only way to access this data. And I need a scraper ! Is there anyone has experience to data harvesting from a website ? I am more comforta Elcin E. May 9, 2014 3:10 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - I actually just started working on something like this the other night. There's a really early version here  http://crashstats.wolvesinthes­erverroom.com/ akil h. May 9, 2014 12:22 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Newly released city-financed housing development data - Wow! Thanks for sharing. --- Prudence Katze Brooklyn, NY http://acitytraced.net/ [masked] Prudence May 9, 2014 12:03 PM
Re: NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - This is awesome. I just joined Manhattan's CB7 and am hoping to get appointed to the transportation committee. One thing I would LOVE would be to have a simple dashboard for the community board (and NYPD / DOT) to use Richard R. May 9, 2014 11:05 AM
Newly released city-financed housing development data - Preview not available Ben S. May 9, 2014 10:22 AM
BIS Buildings Information LL10/80 - Hello everyone, Is there any a raw data / .shp or tabular data format related to Facade inspections. LL10/80 which is also known as Local Law 11 1998 which is related to periodic inspection of Elcin E. May 8, 2014 6:58 PM
Re: [betaNYC] 311 not taking reports of home flooding? - If I every wanted to frame an email, this is the one I would select. BetaNYC, you amaze the cramp out of me. <3 a Noel Hidalgo | B. May 8, 2014 4:03 PM
Re: [betaNYC] 311 not taking reports of home flooding? - thank you guys so much, i'll forward this to the Staten Islanders who have run into this issue. They will be glad to know that the staff of 311 heard their concern.  L Liz May 8, 2014 3:49 PM
Re: [betaNYC] 311 not taking reports of home flooding? - I don't want to let this conversation die without addressing part of the original question - 311 is definitely the place to go for assistance with this type of issue. I'm not an expert on flooding, but from what I understand there a Cindy Z. May 8, 2014 3:41 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Hi. Quite interesting but are all precincts the same size and traffic density? I think this might account for some predictable variation. Are repor Marc S. May 8, 2014 12:13 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Frank, Your point about different precincts doing a better job than others collecting data on contributing factors got me thinking. I wanted to see if I could create a simple chart totaling the number of accidents where c Mark H. May 8, 2014 11:28 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Andrew, your fkh May 8, 2014 12:49 AM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Ahhh. Thanks for the clarification. I guess this isn't the data NYPD released today? < Noel Hidalgo | B. May 7, 2014 10:55 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Noel, Thanks for the questions.  First, the name of the data set on CivicData.io is taken from the NYPD website Mark H. May 7, 2014 10:10 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Mark, Interesting, but this isn't just motor vehicle collision data. This data also includes bike on ped collisions... Noel Hidalgo | B. May 7, 2014 9:44 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - For those interested, I've uploaded this data to CivicData.io . I maintained the same basic structure of the files on the NYPD site - each Excel file had to worksheets, so each borough has 2 Mark H. May 7, 2014 9:25 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - To be as predictable as Andrew, here's a quick 'n' dirty animation of my zip code's collisions in downtown Brooklyn: http://chriswhong.com/sandbox/­collis Chris W. May 7, 2014 6:19 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - How many of us are going to  BigApps kick off tonight? Shangxuan Vivian Z. May 7, 2014 6:12 PM
RE: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Will C. May 7, 2014 5:59 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Very interesting. Not to be too predictable, but here are a couple of maps https://nyc.cartodb.com/ Andrew W. H. May 7, 2014 5:55 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - NYPD gave city Council testimony that this would be updated monthly... I'd like to here where daily is coming from... Noel Hidalgo | B. May 7, 2014 5:47 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - I heard this data would be updated daily as well. I guess time will tell though. On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM, Noel Hidalgo | BetaNYC < akil h. May 7, 2014 5:42 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Frank, THANKS! Interesting. Where are you getting that this will be updated daily? Did OpenPlans Noel Hidalgo | B. May 7, 2014 5:40 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Great statement John and Noel.  Regarding update frequency, my understanding is that this will be updated daily. Not sure how quickly a crash report is entered into the database though, and whether some precincts will lag.  fkh May 7, 2014 5:29 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Some of them call mid-block, which is interesting. Anyone tried putting the 13% through the geocoder API? I'd bet some of them could be fixed with Richard D. May 7, 2014 5:05 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - Great job in getting this data released.  I noticed that roughly 13% of the records are not geo-located.  Any idea whether the data quality will be improved over time? Lothar K. May 7, 2014 4:35 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - This IS a big deal. We've won one more open data set!!! Some of us have been fighting for this data since 2011!!!! Read about it here  Noel Hidalgo | B. May 7, 2014 4:28 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - This is a big deal -- it's disaggregate crash data, including date and time. No more bundling by intersection and month.  Locations are still the closest intersection, but it's the best we can expect from the source data.  fkh May 7, 2014 3:49 PM
NYC 311 and Socrata Queries and understanding the data - Thanks Andrew for posting about NYC 311 data. I've looked at  https://nycopendata.socrata.co­m/Social-Servic Ralph Y. May 7, 2014 3:00 PM
NYPD releases Motor Vehicle Collisions data - This is pretty exciting. Andrew Nicklin tweeted this, which looks like it's being rolled out especially for the BigApps kick off tonight. You can sort data by borough, street, injury, fatality, and more. The data looks up to date a Ellen M. May 7, 2014 2:58 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Moving Violation data site I've been working on. - It's a great piece of work, Akil. I'd like an 'All' option under Violations. Joly M. May 7, 2014 12:02 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Moving Violation data site I've been working on. - Well, there's always scraperWiki... I haven't used it much so maybe someone else can chime in, but I think it's supposed to help you automate this sort of thing, especially if it needs to happen on a regular bases in the future. Chris W. May 7, 2014 8:16 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Moving Violation data site I've been working on. - Hey Chris, Thanks for the suggestions! I took your advice and adjusted the filters a bit, though it's still a work in progress. I actually built the scraper a few months ago and was just sitti akil h. May 7, 2014 7:46 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Moving Violation data site I've been working on. - Akil, Awesome work. I echo Chris' map on map comments. I'd love to know what you would do if you had more granular data.&n Noel Hidalgo | B. May 7, 2014 5:29 AM
Re: [betaNYC] App for Citibike trips : need help ! - Hi Carson, Thanks for your email. I had a look at CycleAtlanta, very nice app indeed !  You're right this is a big drawback of my app, it assumes that you took the shortest bike trip between 2 sta Chen Chen D. May 6, 2014 7:00 PM
Re: [betaNYC] App for Citibike trips : need help ! - Hi Daniel, this looks great! Any thoughts on integrating this with the phone's GPS to allow users to track their trips? This could also be a great way to do something lik Carson F. May 6, 2014 1:16 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Where's the Green Book? - Wow!  Thanks Andrew!  This is immensely helpful! I've already forked the repository Andrew so kindly told us about.  The forked repository is here:  https://githu Ralph Y. May 6, 2014 12:51 PM

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