** VENUE CHANGE ALERT **
We can't host the event at APH due to ice forecast.
We've decided to have it anyway at a new venue, abbreviated 10-4, at Urban Design Studio for anyone who can still come, with a full event rescheduled for a later date.
Please come on by! We will still have a full free lunch, but no coffee or breakfast foods.
We will setup a Google Hangout so you can follow along at home.
Louisville is one of dozens of cities hosting Code for America's civic hacking weekend for 2015, called CodeAcross (http://www.codeforamerica.org/events/codeacross-2015/). Bring your laptops!
See our live event document here (http://bit.ly/CDAcodeacross)!
Snow Plan: We plan to have the event as long as APH can open the building. If they can’t we will email attendees and tweet (https://twitter.com/civicdataally) before 8am!
Louisville's Amerian Printing House for the Blind (http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aph.org%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFwFsoJJSCIMui-nA4_RTjhokw0Bg) is an international institutuion. Using open data, they have created an app that helps blind and visually impaired people navigate cities safely!
APH uses Open Street Map (http://www.openstreetmap.org/) (OSM) standardized layer data to import into their app. They load data into OSM from open data portals that have an open data license. The app uses audio to announce important locations as visually impaired people walk around.
Right now they either don't have, or have to pay for, good data about buildings, street addresses, parcels, sewer drains, manholes, power poles, parking meters, and street crossings.
The app is called Nearby Explorer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aph.avigenie) and is a $99 Andoid App.
With the data they can 1) improve walking and driving safety of visually impaired people, 2) possilby charge less for the app, 3) serve as a model for other US city's open data, thereby increasing their coverage area.
The CDA (http://www.civicdataalliance.org/) has volunteered to help APH work with OSM to import the data properly (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Louisville,_Kentucky/Building_Outlines_Import), a process that is both technical and bureaucratic (mass data imports need much coordination with the OSM community (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines#Discuss_import_with_community)). We also want to host Code for America's national Code Across hackathon (http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.codeforamerica.org%2Fevents%2Fcodeacross-2015%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFc0eTLyAC6VDrkJxoFn7Pc08__ZQ) February 21 at the APH facilities and make it the focus of Louisville's Code Across event (http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.meetup.com%2FLouisville-Civic-Data-Alliance%2Fevents%2F219829803%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNE0X_LftGSLB7E1Urrew4hyFP2LOA).
Additionally, if successful, APH employees are happy to speak this summer at the national Code for America Summit (http://www.codeforamerica.org/summit/) and share this great open data success for APH, Louisville, and the CDA!
We could use your help! Thanks. Keep up to date and help with the prep work over at our forum (http://www.civicdataalliance.org/forum/?place=msg%2Fcivicdataalliance%2FJDkgh-uc2so%2FFoQZuypzZZEJ).
Get started now!
Preload and config your laptop with the tools you need for Saturday.
Complete item #2 How to Start in our Contributor Guide (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Louisville,_Kentucky/Building_Outlines_Import/Contributor_Guide#How_to_start) right now!
Expect a day of learning, writing, programming, design, mapping, and collaboration related to Louisville building and address data. We can use your help!
Food will be provided and the event will be free. RSVP now since space is limited.
Saturday is also International Open Data Day (http://opendataday.org/)! Come help us celebrate as we open valuable geographic data for the public!