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Mayor's Tech plan is developing... - Friends, It looks like the Mayor's tech plan is developing. Here are two interesting articles that are being discussed on our Facebook group <  https://www.faceboo Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 30, 2014 2:22 PM
Civic Hacknight TONIGHT - Who: NYC Civic Hackers! What: Hacknight for project building, knowledge transfer, and awesome civic networking Where: Blue Ridge Foundation, 150 Court Street, Cobble Hill - Brooklyn Chris W. Apr 30, 2014 9:44 AM
Civic Hacknight Wednesday (+ call for lightning talks) - Greetings BetaNYCers,  Our last hacknight at BlueRidge is this Wednesday! Come on out, bring your ideas, projects, and skills.  Meet civic hackers and like-minded citizens!  We start with annou Chris W. Apr 28, 2014 12:04 PM
Some hackathon/meetup promotion tips - I've compiled these for http://hackforchange.org ...  Which tips do you think are the most effective for generating better turn-out at NYC area civic t Steven C. Apr 25, 2014 10:50 AM
Re: Re: [betaNYC] Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - Hi Chris, yes I love that map. The assessment ratio is directly from the data at  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/ht­ml/property/assessment.shtml Ralph Y. Apr 25, 2014 10:20 AM
Re: Re: [betaNYC] Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - Ralph, did you ever see this? http://nyctaxmap.herokuapp.com­/ Does the assessment ratio account for exemptions? -C Chris W. Apr 25, 2014 10:08 AM
Re: Re: [betaNYC] Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - Also here's a map using the NYC DOF Tentative Assessment Data that hopefully clearly shows where the Tax Assessment Ratio is low and where it is high Ralph Y. Apr 25, 2014 9:51 AM
Re: Re: [betaNYC] Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - John, Very cool!!! And yes "all authenticated users" is the public option. This means you host the data, but queries by other applications written by others and also those other users di Ralph Y. Apr 25, 2014 9:46 AM
Re: Re: [betaNYC] Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - Cool stuff! This reminded me that I uploaded all of ACRIS to BigQuery. You can find a denormalized version of it here: https://bigquery.cloud.google.­com/table/acris-bigquery:acris­.flat I've been meaning to write a little about experimenting wit John K. Apr 25, 2014 8:53 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - I agree. Great testimony Noel!!! Best Regards, Steve Motto: "Do First, Think, Do it Again" Steven A. Apr 24, 2014 7:07 PM
Re: An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - We should all thank Noel. See http://legistar.council.nyc.go­v/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=304808­&GUID=BE632D0E-7B62-4660-A­260-B3082B9886F8&Search=# I recommend that everyone listen to it and participate. Ralph Y. Apr 24, 2014 12:10 PM
Re: [betaNYC] RESTful NYC Subway Data - I didn't make the API, I just found and and shared it. :-) On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Chris Whong < Steve K. Apr 21, 2014 11:38 AM
Re: [betaNYC] RESTful NYC Subway Data - Steve, this is great!   I had recently been juggling the value of trying to put GTFS tables into the Socrata platform so it would be API-enabled.   Was this just an experiment for you, or are yo Chris W. Apr 21, 2014 10:34 AM
RESTful NYC Subway Data - Preview not available Steve K. Apr 19, 2014 10:34 PM
[BetaNYC] BigApps Smarter Cities Simulation - Thanks to everyone who joined us at the BetaNYC Meetup @ IBM on Wednesday night. For all those who would like to join the team and build the simulation, we're organizing a webinar next week to discuss the project. & Steven A. Apr 18, 2014 8:46 PM
Save the World - ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: "Federal Trade Commission" < [address removed] Joly M. Apr 17, 2014 11:22 PM
Event Reminder & Call for Volunteers: Brooklyn Tech Triangle U - Our friends at Brooklyn Tech Triangle are still looking for people to demo APIs next week and volunteers for a variety of events.  Ariel Apr 17, 2014 5:46 PM
An opportunity to tell City Council about tech 2 PROACTIVELY address health and safety. - Friends, After last month's gas leak, I've been asked by CM Vacca to ask YOU to come to next week's CC Committee on technology. Next Wednesday's hearing on using technology to proactively address health an Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 17, 2014 5:34 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYS Digital Roadmap: Feedback - Hi, My reply to the survey can be reduced to the following few lines: Invest in the Arts. Invest in the Arts. Invest i Marc S. Apr 17, 2014 3:00 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYS Digital Roadmap: Feedback - Thanks Noel! It would be nice if we could share our responses to this survey. The survey does not give you access to the anonymous responses. But in the interest of open source sharing, here are my respo Ralph Y. Apr 17, 2014 1:50 PM
Re: [betaNYC] NYS Digital Roadmap: Feedback - BetaNYC this is a great opportunity to give the Governor a piece of your mind. The last time we did, he launched open.ny.gov and we had to change our name from #OpenNY.  Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 16, 2014 4:30 PM
NYS Digital Roadmap: Feedback - Christina C. Apr 16, 2014 2:08 PM
US DOE looking for API feedback - Hi friends, Thought some folks from this group might have some interesting input for the feds.  Kara C. Apr 16, 2014 10:01 AM
RE: [betaNYC] Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract - Hi Eric, Could you help us with this Open Data project inspired by your Justice Mapping work? We are looking for the data sources you used. Steven A. Apr 15, 2014 4:23 PM
Fwd: Last week to apply for our AppMyCity! contest - This might be interesting/relevant to some of the app builders on this list: ---------- Forwarded message --- Jeremy Apr 15, 2014 4:20 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract - Probation offices might be a resource for you, Sanjay (though you might be limited to people who are still under supervision).   Perhaps it  would be worthwhile to reach out to NYC nikki Apr 15, 2014 4:18 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract - Thanks, Jessie -- I've sent a few emails to the folks involved with that project and haven't had luck getting a reply. Will try again, though. -s On Tue, Apr 15, 201 Sanjay S. Apr 15, 2014 4:13 PM
RE: [betaNYC] Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract - Hi Sanjay, Columbia SIDL worked on the Million Dollar Jessie B. Apr 15, 2014 4:01 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract - I don't know of any specific data sets, but the Fortune Society is the main social service organization in NY working with former convicts.  You might also try reaching out to the user 3. Apr 15, 2014 2:14 PM
Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract - Thanks again to the folks who pulled the info from the NYPD map. I started looking at the density of blotter reports, adjusted to population by census tract. Here Sanjay S. Apr 15, 2014 2:00 PM
Re: [betaNYC] This Wed's hacknight at IBM - Noel, Room# 1219 located on 12th floor is CONFIRMED for your meeting, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm with CHAIRS (Theater Style setup for MAXIMUM Steven A. Apr 15, 2014 12:03 PM
This Wed's hacknight at IBM - Friends, I wanted to let you know that this Wed's hacknight has an RSVP window that closes in a few hours.  This week, we will venture to IBM. We will have our traditional hacknight and an op Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 15, 2014 11:45 AM
import.io for data scraping - I do not have experience using this service, but it looks like it could be of use to the intrepid data scrapers of betaNYC:  https://import.io/ See discussion of the service on Hacker News: David F. Apr 14, 2014 2:36 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Next City: Who is most likely to call 311? - I agree, an excellent article. What I found most interesting was the potential impact of 311 on actual policing practices. An an James S. Apr 14, 2014 10:30 AM
Data is Reality - Dear BetaNYCers, Here are two articles I wrote recently on Open Data for IBM Data Magazine: The Internet of Trees: Steven A. Apr 14, 2014 10:23 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Next City: Who is most likely to call 311? - Preview not available Tom L. Apr 14, 2014 10:19 AM
Next City: Who is most likely to call 311? - Preview not available Ariel Apr 14, 2014 9:41 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - The daycare map now has it's own github page:  http://childcaremap.github.io/­NYCdaycare/ Thanks to Marc Shifflett! Anita S. Apr 12, 2014 12:43 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - [This didn't send yesterday.. restrictions on new members.] Sanjay S. Apr 12, 2014 2:55 AM
GovLab's call for fellows... - ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From:  Beth Simone Noveck Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM Subject: GovLab is Hiring - Please Forward Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 11, 2014 1:13 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - This is not arrest data; it's simply crime reports as disclosed by each precinct, whether or not an arrest has been made. What we journalists used to call the police blotter.  user 6. Apr 11, 2014 6:27 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Agreed. The NYPD crime reports are not convictions (for that, you'd need to go to the court system). For that matter, I can't even tell if these are arrest data. The poli user 3. Apr 11, 2014 6:22 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - I developed a parsing library in PHP. On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM, Elizabeth < [address removed] Bobby M. Apr 10, 2014 11:40 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Also, good to note that the data set for "Crime Data" does not make it clear if it's representing arrests for those crimes or if it is showing convictions for them. It does say " The crime dat Elizabeth Apr 10, 2014 7:21 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Would you have any interest in doing this nationally? Off the top of my head I would look at the dept of labor, I would also look at data sets from the federal reserve. Sent from my iPad Wil L. Apr 10, 2014 7:13 PM
Re: Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Thanks for the examples, Nathan. Looks great. My goal with this data will be to roll it into a larger socioeconomic index, that includes things like youth unemployment, poverty, social vulnerability, transience, etc to look for places where the city shoul Sanjay S. Apr 10, 2014 5:56 PM
[Civic tech survey] Online mentorship program - Hello, A friend of mine is doing some very preliminary non-exhaustive research on online tools/mentorship for people interested in civic tech. If you have time please help out and fill out this survey! Leonard B. Apr 10, 2014 4:44 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Nathan S. Apr 10, 2014 4:07 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Yes! Thank you for the info.  On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Noel Hidalgo | BetaNYC < [address removed] > Sanjay S. Apr 10, 2014 3:49 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Sanjay, T. Levine has setup a mechanism to scrape the data < http://thomaslevine.com/!/nyc-­crime-map/ >. You can find his github re Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 10, 2014 3:38 PM
Extracting NYPD Crime Stats from Google Map - Hello betanyc!  I heard about this group from Sonya Re Sanjay S. Apr 10, 2014 2:38 PM
BetaNYC April 2014 Newsletter - Happy Spring, We wanted to send you out a quick newsletter recapping some amazing work that has been done and some that is upcoming. MEMBER SURVEY First, thank Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 10, 2014 12:15 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Gov websites and their data... - This is extremely cool. Did something change with Socrata's logging at the start of this year, it seems like activity really dropped and has stayed down? Or people moving onto the API? Another cool thing fro fkh Apr 9, 2014 12:32 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Gov websites and their data... - Several cities, NYC included, choose to make their Socrata site analytics pages visible.   https://data.cityofnewyork.us/­analytics Chang Chris W. Apr 9, 2014 11:46 AM
Gov websites and their data... - Hello friends! Spring is here and we're growing a Noel Hidalgo | B. Apr 9, 2014 11:34 AM
Civic Hacknight with Regional Plan Association TONIGHT! - BetaNYC, Please join us at the NYU-Poly incubator on Varick St for a special civic hacknight.   We will preview the benchmarking analysis and interactive maps that RPA will be releasing at their annual Assembly on April 25. Chris W. Apr 9, 2014 10:34 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Free event at Columbia - Indeed, this event looks great. Make it a weekend and get to DC for the Annual Open Street Map: State of the Map US on Sat & Sun: http://stateofthemap.us/ Daniel E. Apr 4, 2014 5:38 PM
RE: [betaNYC] Free event at Columbia - Noreen W. Apr 4, 2014 5:23 PM
Free event at Columbia - Thought some folks might want to attend. http://cgt.columbia.edu/events­/upcoming-events/mobilities-in­-cities-f Kara C. Apr 4, 2014 3:48 PM
System Dynamics and Smarter Cities - Hi folks, At a BetaNYC meetup a few weeks ago, I did a lightning round on the BigIdea IBM is sponsoring in this year's BigApps 2014 contest. We'll be teaming with Beta Steven A. Apr 4, 2014 3:37 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi Anita, if this project is already on Github you can host for free. Be happy to help you set it up! Super simple with the advantage of version co Marc S. Apr 2, 2014 1:35 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Civic Hacknight Tonight! - Preview not available Ariel Apr 2, 2014 1:20 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi all, The link I sent out for them map does not work anymore, because I was not able to upload new data to cartoDB without losing the original link. To avoid this from happening again, the map i Anita S. Apr 2, 2014 1:17 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Civic Hacknight Tonight! - I didn’t see a bibliography in PDF on the sidebar: http://www.hraadvisors.com/wp-­content/uploads/2014/03/NYC_Te­ch_Ecosystem_032614_WEB.pdf Maybe the Press Inqui Leonard B. Apr 2, 2014 10:25 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Civic Hacknight Tonight! - Does anyone know where I can get the raw data behind that study? On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM, Leonard Bogdonoff < Steve K. Apr 2, 2014 10:21 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Civic Hacknight Tonight! - Breakdown of tech job’s impact on NYC. http://www.nyctecheconomy.com/­ -- Leonard Bogdonoff Leonard B. Apr 2, 2014 10:01 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi Steve, Sure, I can write a page about this project. Sounds like a good initiative! Anita On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:52 AM, Ste Anita S. Apr 2, 2014 9:37 AM
Civic Hacknight Tonight! - Please join us for a civic hacknight at the Blue Ridge Foundation in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.  RSVP via meetup.com here:  http://www.meetup.com/beta Chris W. Apr 2, 2014 8:47 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Love this work. I'm working with the Open Government Partnership and we're writing a white paper to be delivered at a Steering Committee meeting in Bali in May. The goal of the White Paper is to demonstrate ho Steven A. Apr 2, 2014 5:52 AM
User testing workshop: April 23rd - Hello everyone -- Working on civic tech tools for users? Want to make those tools better by incorporating feedback and guidance from real users? Join Code for America's C fkh Apr 1, 2014 11:28 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Nice! This thread has been an awesome resource. Just wanted to say thank you! Marc (917)[masked] | @mashc Marc S. Mar 31, 2014 11:48 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Awesome work Anita! Childcaredesk is a fellow NYCBigApps alumni.  I'll send you their contact info as I'm sure they'll find your work most valuable. Best, Joel Joel N. Mar 31, 2014 7:33 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - It's gorgeous! Maps made with scraped public data are the 2nd best kind of map... -C On Mar 31,[masked]:14 PM, "Anita Schmid" < schmiani@ Chris W. Mar 31, 2014 5:41 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Our Code Across Project: NYC property tax explorer map - Continuing on the Tax Explorer theme, here's an application that compares your tax percentage (assessed value/market value) to public and past public officials.  Right now it is only bloomberg and deblasio but if you have other suggesti Ralph Y. Mar 31, 2014 5:28 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Here we go, the first map: http://cdb.io/1hcvW98 I combined permits that have the exact same addresses, will upload everything to github later. Also, it's on cart Anita S. Mar 31, 2014 5:12 PM
Citibike Trip Data released. - http://citibikenyc.com/blog/20­14/03/31/citi-bike-trip-histor­y-data To support this, we're hosting two nights.  1. a h Noel Hidalgo | B. Mar 31, 2014 4:25 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi all, The server of the DOHMH seems to be down right now, I hope it's not us sending too many requests! Is anybody scraping right now? Make sure you put in long enough pauses between request Anita S. Mar 31, 2014 3:53 PM
RE: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Steven R. Mar 31, 2014 3:43 PM
RE: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Preview not available Jessie B. Mar 31, 2014 2:06 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Great, thanks! I am working on combining the different age ranges and then I will map it so we have a first version! Anita Anita S. Mar 31, 2014 1:59 PM
RE: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi Steve, The PHP script (on Github) was updated this weekend to include automatic geocoding through the google geocode api. In case someone want to use the PHP version. Best, Baris Quoting Steven Romalewski : Baris C. Mar 31, 2014 1:57 PM
RE: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Steven R. Mar 31, 2014 1:17 PM
Event Announcement: Brooklyn Tech Triangle Mentorship Hackathon - From our BetaNYC friends at Brooklyn Tech Triangl Ariel Mar 31, 2014 11:54 AM
Re: Fwd: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi all, Just added geodcoding (google geocode api) to the scraper for the child care centers. https://github.com/child-care-map/NYCmap Best, Baris Canatan Quoting Anita Schmid : > Hi all, > > Here is an update on the Baris C. Mar 29, 2014 11:46 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Thanks! > On Mar 29, 2014, at 9:16 AM, Baris Canatan wrote: > > Hi, > > I made a first update to my original (PHP) scraper. The data is now saved into a mysql db (no duplicates anymore, so no need to run the removeduplicates p Anita S. Mar 29, 2014 9:56 AM
Re: Fwd: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi, I made a first update to my original (PHP) scraper. The data is now saved into a mysql db (no duplicates anymore, so no need to run the removeduplicates python script) and introduced some error checking. Best, Baris Quoting Anita Schmi Baris C. Mar 29, 2014 9:15 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Wow, you guys are awesome! On Mar 29, 2014, at 12:35 AM, Chris Whong < chris.m.whong@gmail Anita S. Mar 29, 2014 12:51 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - I took a crack at this tonight.  Wrote a scraper in Ruby using the Mechanize gem.  It grabs all the goodies in the details pages for all 2200 daycares and outputs to CSV.   Chris W. Mar 29, 2014 12:33 AM
Re: [betaNYC] Day care map project - If you just need a process to run the script at a certain time, you can use cron. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cron on Mar 28, 2014, Anita Schmid wrote: >Hi all, >Here is an update on the day care map project and a shout out t Ken Mar 28, 2014 11:19 PM
Re: Fwd: [betaNYC] Day care map project - You can actually write it in many languages. PHP can work just fine and you can automate it. No idea why you were told you need Python. You can use my script and just change the redirection and call it in a cronjob and save it to a database in st Baris C. Mar 28, 2014 6:00 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - Here's a write-up of the violations data from Streetsblog today -- open data at work! http://www.str fkh Mar 28, 2014 5:53 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - This article discusses the potential for mission creep with license plate location data and specifically a leading data broker, Vigilant Systems. It obtains data both from "law enforcement partners" as well as through its own proprietary, custom means. user 3. Mar 28, 2014 5:50 PM
Fwd: [betaNYC] Day care map project - Hi all, Here is an update on the day care map project and a shout out to all python developers (and php or javascript developers): I contacted the people behind another Bigapp 2013 project that Will poi Anita S. Mar 28, 2014 4:45 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - Great discussion. user 3. Mar 27, 2014 3:58 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - You are highlighting a concern that we open government data practitioners look at constantly - specifically whether bulk access to proactively disclosed information presents more risks to privacy and security than one-off record access (e.g Andrew N. Mar 27, 2014 3:47 PM
Re: [betaNYC] Seeking Mentors for GenTech Game Jam, April 12-13 - Coach High School Students! - Hey Julie, Awesome program. I just posted it up to the 800+ game developers of the International Game Developers Association here in NYC - you may want to join. Nick S. Mar 27, 2014 3:34 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - I can see the potential value proposition in measuring speeds, but I'm not convinced it outweighs the value of privacy. I don't think most casual internet users (or BetaNYC geeks) are really going down to the court house and m user 3. Mar 27, 2014 2:39 PM
Seeking Mentors for GenTech Game Jam, April 12-13 - Coach High School Students! - Julie Mar 27, 2014 1:26 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - Preview not available Richard D. Mar 27, 2014 1:15 PM
Re: [betaNYC] speed camera tickets on the open data portal - 1. Adding the license plate number does not add value for further analysis.  I don't think the actual license plate information contains any further information except the identity of the car.  You can check if there are repeat of Lothar K. Mar 27, 2014 11:39 AM

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