BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 25 2013
BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, March 20 2013
A little over a week after the first milestone for New York City's Open Data Law, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller John Liu announced Tuesday that New York City would become the first municipality in the country to establish a comprehensive subcontracting database that would publicly report payments made by primary contractors to subcontractors. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, March 11 2013
New York City had until last Thursday to meet the first deadline set in its now year-old open data law by making data already published on nyc.gov available in machine-readable format, rather than in PDF format. According to a city press release, there are now over 1,000 data sets available on New York City's Open Data platform. The platform launched in October of 2011 with 750 data sets, 250 of which were new at the time. Since the law was signed in March of last year, New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) has been working with agencies to add 350 new data sets to the platform and worked to add regularly updated feeds to existing data sets. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, February 28 2013
The same idea that revolutionized Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign is now being put to use in New York City government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that Mike Flowers, director of analytics the mayor's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, has a new title: chief analytics officer. In an interview, Flowers tells us the role change comes from the growing importance of cross-agency collaboration in the digital city. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, February 22 2013
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BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 23 2013
Much of New York City's financial data will be available in a newly searchable, machine-readable, programmatically accessible form through a new web application, New York City Comptroller John C. Liu was scheduled to announce this morning. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 8 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand this morning to announce free wifi covering all the outdoor areas in a stretch of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, from Eighth Avenue west and from Gansevoort Street to 19th Street.
The announcement is the latest in a patchwork of city gestures towards the idea that Internet access has transformed from luxury to necessity.Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 7 2012
New York City's new payphones may be so different that the term "payphone" will no longer apply, according to Rahul Merchant, the city's chief information and innovation officer. The city has launched a contest calling for new ways to use the payphone's connectivity and power source as a way for citizens to access information and navigate the city using modern technology. Read More
BY Joe Maniscalco | Tuesday, August 28 2012
Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Usually, when it comes time to fund capital improvement projects in large municipalities like New York City, it’s local elected officials who ultimately decide how taxpayer money is spent in their districts.
Last year, however, following prior success in Chicago, democracy-minded groups like the Participatory Budgeting Project and Community Voices Heard convinced four New York City Council members to hand over the purse strings to their constituents through a process called participatory budgeting.
Here's what the city has learned so far, and how some City Council districts will continue an expanded experiment with the system this year.Read More