REF: Post About Goofy Contract / CityPayments

Here’s a nice post from Chicago Muckrakers, acting on a contract I flagged as goofy over on CityPayments: Company accused of stealing millions from NYC and hurricane victims gets money from Chicago.

The City of Chicago has given over $7 million to Spherion, a company whose employees were targeted by federal prosecutors last week for its role in a money laundering scheme.Citipayments.org’s Dan O’Neil was the first to notice Chicago’s connection to Spherion. We dug a little deeper into some Chicago records and found that the company was originally awarded a $6 million contract, but has already received $7 million for “application development, support and ongoing maintenance” and “consulting.”
CityPayments is a nifty little research tool.

Launch: EveryBlock Widget

Today I led the launch of a new feature on EveryBlock. Here’s a blog post I wrote on the subject: Introducing the EveryBlock Widget. Here’s a snip:

One of the best things we liked about developing this feature is the conversations we’ve had with bloggers, newspapers, and other news outlets to ask them what they’d like to see in a tool like this. For years now, we’ve been heads-down on the tasks of creating our infrastructure, obtaining content, and expanding to new cities.

Until today, we’ve had no official way to share content with other sites or to partner with news outlets in the cities we cover. If you’ve ever thought about partnering with EveryBlock, we’d love to hear from you. E-mail me directly at danx at everyblock or just call 773-321-8146. We’re specifically interested in how to make this widget better and encouraging adoption of it, but we’re wide open to all sorts of partnerships around news. We’d love to hear from you!

PRESS:”Chicago gets geocoded, use of location-based data on the rise”(Columbia Chronicle)

Nice student story here about geo-info:

Dan O’Neil, manager of business development at Chicago-based website EveryBlock, implements a similar policy. EveryBlock has collected raw data from a variety of sources to provide granular information since 2007, ranging from newly installed bike racks on the street to crimes on any particular city block, in 16 cities in the U.S.O’Neil said he’s interested in the future of automatic geocoded information like the iPass, for example.“We just need more data and better information to make better decisions about things we don’t even know we need to make a decision about yet,” O’Neil said.For EveryBlock’s purposes, publishing information that’s relevant to location is key.“It’s one thing to be at North Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue, and Damen Avenue, talking about how much you love President Obama, but it’s another thing if you start walking and you see President Obama walk into an establishment,” O’Neil said.