Today Governor Quinn announced the launch of the Illinois Open Technology Challenge, a project that Smart Chicago is running in collaboration with the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. Here’s a pretty extensive post with details on the launch.
Today was a big day at the Smart Chicago Collaborative– we took part in the launch of the Open311 project with Code for America and the Mayor’s Office. Here’s a snip from our blog post on the subject:
The Smart Chicago Collaborative helped write the application for Chicago to become a Code for America city focused on complying with the Open311 standard, and we have funded this project from the start. John Tolva, Chicago CTO and Smart Chicago Advisory Committee member, has been deeply supportive of the project and has shepherded it through to completion. Chicago Chief Data Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Brett Goldstein, along with Director Danielle DuMerer, has been instrumental in getting this project done, as were others at DoIT and people at Motorola Solutions and Connected Bits. Audrey Mathis, Director of 311 Services, has been great to work with as well.
- 311Labs: A space where your dreams of the possiblities of 311 data can become a reality!
- The Daily Brief: Explore and filter 311 service requests by neighborhood, service name, and status
- Open311 Status: a site that shows if Open311 APIs are down or have performance issues, and provides Public APIs uptime, comprehensiveness and citizen utilization
- Civiz: A polyglot Platform as a Service civic application
- Civics Garden: Reflect, record—and be reminded of—your civic deeds and contributions
- And all the normal code, design, documentation, and logo contributions you’d expect when you suddenly find yourself in front of smart Web people who can get things done
Here’s a snip from the Sun-Times article on the launch:
The service-tracker technology was developed by Chief Technology Officer John Tolva and Innovation and Technology Commissioner Brett Goldstein in partnership with Code for America. The program is being funded by a $300,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust’s Smart Chicago Collaborative.
Here’s a shot of us working on the project with the Mayor and his staff late last year:
Today I participated in an advisory group.10-20 uploads per day, and 10-20% gets on the air.The best insight I can give is about metadata. Make their content ubiquitous.