Prototyping the “Answering People Interface” with IBM Watson

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 in Civic Hacking, Gov 2.0, Open Data by Joel Natividad

Earlier this spring, a blog post by recent Code for America (CfA) fellow Dave Guarino  generated some buzz in Civic Tech circles – “ETL for America.” (ETL stands for Extract, Transform, Load) In it, he wrote about how the oft-repeated mantra at CfA of “building interfaces to government that are simple, beautiful, and easy to use” is but one piece of […]

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Ontodia Selected as Finalist in the IBM Watson Mobile Challenge

Thursday, May 1st 2014 in News by Nathan Storey

Everyone at Ontodia has been fans the IBM Watson cognitive computer ever since it bested the two top human Jeopardy players in 2011. IBM has been hard at work making the power of Watson available to other applications. Ontodia is pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of the 25 finalists in […]

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NYC Crime Map

Wednesday, February 12th 2014 in NYCPedia, Uncategorized, visualization by Nathan Storey

Explore crime rates in New York City based on geographies like neighborhoods, ZIP codes, boroughs, police precincts, community districts, or city council districts. Compare crime rates between different districts and for specific crime types. Interactive map here:   Methodology: NYPD reports crime data for 7 major crimes in NYC.[1] In PediaCities uses that data to calculate […]

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Invisible Open Data

Monday, January 20th 2014 in Civic Hacking, Open Data, Open Source by Joel Natividad

On the Internet, there is the concept of the Deep Web – “large parts of the web that is not reachable by search engines.”  By one estimate, 80% of the information on the web is “invisible.” On the Open Data front, I submit that a lot of government data is also “invisible”, with a large […]

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Vision Zero – Visualizing Traffic-Related Fatalities

Friday, January 17th 2014 in Civic Hacking, visualization by Joel Natividad

When I first moved to NYC back in ’91, part of my weekly ritual was to haul my laundry to the laundromat.  I stayed with my brother in Maspeth back then, and the nearest laundromat was on the other side of Queens Boulevard on 69th street. Even then, Queens Boulevard was known as the “Boulevard […]

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Ontodia – the Parent Company of PediaCities – listed in GovLab’s Open Data 500

Friday, December 20th 2013 in Entrepreneurship by PediaCities

We are thrilled to be accepted into the inaugural class of GovLab‘s Open Data 500, “the first comprehensive study of U.S. companies that use open government data to generate new business and develop new products and services.”

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The Where of New York City Traffic Deaths

Thursday, December 5th 2013 in Civic Hacking, mashup, Why Open Data Matters by Amanda Smart

More New Yorkers die on the streets because of traffic-related trauma than because of homicides.  Recently, these deaths have become a hot-button issue for everyone in the city, from pedestrians to politicians.  PediaCities is tackling the issue, too, using civic data to put together a map that answers a simple question: where do we get […]

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PediaCities: Making Smarter Communities through Civic Tech

Friday, November 22nd 2013 in Civic Hacking, Open Data, Talks, Why Open Data Matters by PediaCities

PediaCities is super proud of its recent civic tech collaboration with the New York City Department of Education’s iZone, in which we helped the iZone tackle the challenge of high school choice.  We were also very proud to have been chosen as one of the civic tech leaders featured in a recent panel discussion at […]

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PediaCities Testifies at New York City Council Hearing about NYC’s Open Data Law

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 in Civic Hacking, NYC, Open Data, Why Open Data Matters by PediaCities

PediaCities, as an open-data company, was happy to join others from the civic hacking community in New York City to testify at a city council hearing about DoITT’s administration of the New York City Open Data Law.   Our product manager, Nathan Storey, delivered the following testimony at a the hearing this afternoon: Testimony in support […]

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Public School Data to Help New Yorkers Choose Their High School

Wednesday, November 13th 2013 in Citizen Cyberscience, Civic Hacking, NYC, NYCPedia by PediaCities

The New York City Department of Education unveiled the results of the first School Choice Design Challenge (SCDC), “a competition for software developers to design applications that will assist students and families during the high school choice process. The apps help families search and navigate the high school directory to find the schools right for […]

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