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Broad-based public participation in Digital Roadmap update

Digital Roadmap goals include open government & strengthened civic engagement; 2011 update promises "listening sessions" in all 5 boroughs. @nycgov meetup page is ,ore than a year old, but no meetups scheduled. Broad-based participation is essential for a Roadmap worthy of NYC

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Get ideas on the People's budget

There's another ideascale run by the city at http://peoplesbudgetnyc.ideascale.com/

 

We should all submit our technology proposals there too :)

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Github for Legislation/Contracts

Programmers around the world collaborate on mission critical systems like Linux using democratic/distributed version control Git.

Why not have our legislation and contracts drawn up the same way? If Mayor Bloomberg can go to coding school, maybe all legislators can learn Git and we can diff who is adding what to these mission-critical documents.

Watch Clay Shirky on this -

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Improve NYC Rules Website

NYC Rules - http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycrules/html/home/home.shtml

+ Make NYC rules a one stop shop in how the city’s regulations are changing.

+ All aspects of rules changing should be linked together. (eg videos, testimonies, events, should all be interlinked. Similar to How NYSenate.gov hosts Committee Meeting summaries)

+ More or less update the site to be functioning for general public.

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Have subcontracting records in Checkbook 2.0

Digitizing the city's check register was a great first step in Open Government, but all of the city's subcontracting records should be included in http://www.checkbooknyc.com

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Grow NYC Notify / SMS notification options

First, NYC Digital's website should become a one stop for social media / developer / civic data apps (see http://digital.cityofchicago.org ) Second, NYC notify should become a 360° notify program that is fully integrated into public space. + Bus shelters + Payphones + Deploy a feed that can be incorporated into elevators, + POS cash registers, and other public information screens. + An public API that can be integrated ...more »

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Participatory Budgeting tool

With 8 million dollars of our tax dollars being allocated via participatory budgeting, NYC should have a real PB tool beyond a Wordpress install < http://pbnyc.org >.

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Improved the NY City Council Site

+ Better municipal legislation search interface. (a la NY Senate’s Open Legislation search interface)

+ Add videos to Meeting Details.

+ Allow for public comments on Bill (a la NY Senate’s Open Legislation commenting system)

+ Online petition site

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Introduce We the People for NYC.gov

All levels of NYC government, an online petition tool like the White House's "We the People" should exist. The City has experimented with "Change by us" but it doesn't seem to have the same type of attention.

 

http://nyc.changeby.us/#start

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Yelp.gov - the 21st Century Greenbook & agency accountability

After years of not being printed, the NYC Greenbook was finally digitized. As the 20th Century's gold standard for Government transparency, this tool needs to be updated. < http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/about/greenbook.shtml > For the 21 Century, we imagine a Yelp.gov like service that is a dashboard into our city. From Parks to Agencies with customer service tellers, this site will layout all of the Agency's contact ...more »

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Open FOIL

Create and maintain an OpenFOIL tool (aka more than a FOIL tracker) that provides metric, assists in the opening up of FOILed items.

 

* FOIL is NY's Freedom of Information Law. This is one of the most progressive Freedom of Information Laws in the nation.

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Improved public safety data (NYPD / FDNY)

NYPD

+ Release all data as machine readable and via an update API

+ Detailed Crash (motor vehicle, bike, and pedestrian) Data

+ 911 location and types of calls

+ Precinct Locations and Chain of Command Structure (where permissible)

 

FDNY

+ Fire Hydrant data so we can build adopt-a-hydrant (See Boston)

+ 911 location and types of calls (see seattle)

+ 911 response times (see L.A.)

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