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City living: There's an app for that 

In broadest terms, giving the population access to municipal data doesn't just generate apps, it changes the relationship between citizen and city. "It's greater than applications," said Jay Nath, chief innovation officer for the City of San Francisco. "For me, it's almost a new type of civic engagement."

 

That's the ethos that guides Code for America, which serves as a developer version of the Peace Corps for federal, state and local government. The nonprofit teams volunteer developers, known as fellows, with municipalities looking to create new apps and services with their data.

 

One signature Code for America app is Boston's Adopt a Hydrant program, which solved a persistent and dangerous city problem -- hydrants plowed in after snowstorms -- by pairing concerned citizens with individual hydrants to maintain. Honolulu uses the same model to deputize citizens to make sure the tsunami warning sirens near their homes have working batteries.

 

In total, Code for America has partnered with 11 American cities, developing and brainstorming apps similar to Boston's. "You can demonstrate to the large bureaucracy, 'This is what you get when you open up data,'" said Mark Headd, government affairs director for the organization

 

by Jason Slotkin

11 Jan 2013

 


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Wikify Your City With Wikipedia’s Nearby App

Wikify Your City With Wikipedia’s Nearby App | Urban Life | Scoop.it
The Pop-Up City is always interested in mobile apps that create new experiences of the city.
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Aplicativos para chamar táxi: sim, funcionam

Aplicativos para chamar táxi: sim, funcionam | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Uma rápida pesquisa pelo Brainstorm9 vai mostrar que nós adoramos apps. Jogos e compartilhadores de fotografia são bastante divertidos, é verdade, mas eu confesso que gosto mesmo quando um aplicati...
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Your friendly neighbourhood app

Your friendly neighbourhood app | Urban Life | Scoop.it
OPENTABLE WAS BORN of frustration. Why, asked Chuck Templeton, its founder, can I book a seat on an aeroplane online but not in a restaurant? So Mr Templeton set out...
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Open-air computers. Cities are turning into vast data factories

Open-air computers. Cities are turning into vast data factories | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Cheap and easy electronic communication has probably helped rather than hindered this. First, connectivity is usually better in cities than in the countryside, because it is more lucrative to build telecoms networks for dense populations than for sparse ones. Second, electronic chatter may reinforce rather than replace the face-to-face kind. In his 2011 book, “Triumph of the City”, Mr Glaeser theorises that this may be an example of what economists call “Jevons’s paradox”. In the 19th century the invention of more efficient steam engines boosted rather than cut the consumption of coal, because they made energy cheaper across the board. In the same way, cheap electronic communication may have made modern economies more “relationship-intensive”, requiring more contact of all kinds.


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Aplicaciones cívicas para una mejor sociedad

Aplicaciones cívicas para una mejor sociedad | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Jennifer Pahlka explica su experiencia en Code for America y el desarrollo de aplicaciones para entidades locales en la promoción de capital social.
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OnTheBus Project: Intelligent guiding accessible application in public transportation in a city

Intelligent guiding accessible application in public transportation in a city


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Google launches ‘Beba,’ an NFC-enabled payment card in Kenya

Google launches ‘Beba,’ an NFC-enabled payment card in Kenya | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Google, in a bid to boost its presence in the payments market, has launched Beba in Kenya, a pre-paid card enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow people to pay their ...
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El valor cívico de las aplicaciones móviles

El valor cívico de las aplicaciones móviles | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Como esta es la primera edición de URBAPPS, queremos empezar de forma abierta y seguro que en sesiones posteriores podemos focalizar más (en temas y tecnologías), pero siempre trabajando en aplicaciones para la sostenibilidad de la ciudad en términos amplios. Se trata de abordar la capacidad de movilización cívica que los usuarios de dispositivos móviles tienen a la hora de incidir en la identificación de problemas urbanos, en compartir experiencias, en el control ciudadano de datos públicos, en la generación de soluciones colectivas, etc.


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Five Apps for a Healthy and Sustainable Urban Lifestyle | Sustainable Cities Collective

Five Apps for a Healthy and Sustainable Urban Lifestyle | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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nycedc: Last night, Mayor Bloomberg announced...

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nycedc: “ Last night, Mayor Bloomberg announced the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, the third annual competition for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications...
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Prefeitura de Blumenau busca parceiros para desenvolvimento de aplicativos móveis - Smartphone e tablet

Prefeitura de Blumenau busca parceiros para desenvolvimento de aplicativos móveis - Smartphone e tablet | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Prefeitura Municipal de Blumenau está em busca de parceiros, empresas na área de tecnologia, para o desenvolvimento de aplicativos móveis.
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An App That Tells You How Walkable a Street Really Is

An App That Tells You How Walkable a Street Really Is | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Walkonomics looks at small things -- sidewalk quality, hilliness -- that make a real difference to walkers.
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Digital Maps – Is what is mapped what is “really there”?

Digital Maps – Is what is mapped what is “really there”? | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A flush of blog posts on on the rise of digital maps and apps for location  based services via smartphones and GPS devices lead via my readings of Actor-Network-Theory  (ANT) and beyond to wanderin...
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The world in your pocket

The world in your pocket | Urban Life | Scoop.it
WHAT IS A map? “There are two things you want,” says Peter Birch, product manager for Google Earth. “One is to find your way…how do you remove all the...
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Coming Soon, Twitter as a Citywide Suggestions Box

Coming Soon, Twitter as a Citywide Suggestions Box | Urban Life | Scoop.it
In Chicago, local developers have created apps that take advantage of public data and of the city’s efforts to roll out Open 311 — an advanced service request tracking system that went public last month.
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MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities

MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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The Apps for Smart Cities Manifesto | Apps for Smart Cities

The Apps for Smart Cities Manifesto | Apps for Smart Cities | Urban Life | Scoop.it

 To harness the true potential of Smart cities, the city must become a platform i.e. an enabler for developers, creativity and applications. In doing so, the city becomes like the Internet i.e. a connector and an enabler for citizens which aims to empower the citizen.


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Four Apps for Getting Around London on Public Transport | This Big City

Four Apps for Getting Around London on Public Transport | This Big City | Urban Life | Scoop.it
In the two years since Transport for London lifted all restrictions on the commercial use of data, a whole fleet of applications have been released that make getting around London much easier, whatever form of transport you rely on.
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Aplicativos ajudam a resolver problemas no dia a dia dos paulistanos - VEJA SP

Aplicativos ajudam a resolver problemas no dia a dia dos  paulistanos - VEJA SP | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Opções incluem ferramentas para encontrar estacionamentos, postos de gasolina e fugir de pontos de alagamento...
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How One App Empowers Citizens to Take Control of Urban Noise Pollution

How One App Empowers Citizens to Take Control of Urban Noise Pollution | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Can't cope with the wall of sound? NoiseTube aims to help citizens take control of their noise through mobile mapping.
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