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    • OpenBlock Open source hyper-local data platform or, open source and the News Challenge Nick Grossman, Director of Civic Works, OpenPlans | @nickgrossman Knight Night @ The Nieman Lab - 10/19/2010
    • Tonight 1. A little about OpenPlans 2. OpenBlock: open source hyper-local data platform 3. Open source and the News Challenge
    • Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source OneBusAway Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source OneBusAway Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
    • OpenBlock A.K.A. “EveryBlock Open Source” openblockproject.org
    • Goals for OpenBlock
    • Goals for OpenBlock Today: Cool app that’s hard to set up and use
    • Goals for OpenBlock Today: Cool app that’s hard to set up and use Tomorrow: Cool app that’s easy for lots of people to set up and use
    • Goals for OpenBlock Today: Cool app that’s hard to set up and use Tomorrow: Cool app that’s easy for lots of people to set up and use Many newspapers & news hackers able to deploy & build on their own OpenBlock instance
    • System Overview Public Web UI Data Scrapers Django Web Geocoder Openblock Model Map Server Django ORM PostgreSQL + PostGIS
    • Missing Parts Widgets Admin UI Public UI Data REST API Scrapers Django Web Geocoder Openblock Model Map Server Django ORM PostgreSQL + PostGIS Installer Documentation
    • Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site
    • Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site Scraper
    • Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site B&E at 123 Scraper News Item Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type
    • Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site B&E at 123 Scraper News Item GeoCoder Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type
    • Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site B&E at 123 Scraper News Item GeoCoder Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type B&E at 123 News Item Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type 123 Fakey St. Locations
    • • highly configurable
    • • highly configurable • highly extensable
    • • highly configurable • highly extensable • good base for many geo / data apps
    • • highly configurable • highly extensable • good base for many geo / data apps • many possibilities for new experiences
    • OpenBlock: Developer Resources
    • OpenBlock: Developer Resources openblockproject.org developer.openblockproject.org demo.openblockproject.org
    • OpenBlock: Developer Resources openblockproject.org developer.openblockproject.org demo.openblockproject.org Open Source Mapping / GIS tools - opengeo.org
    • OpenBlock: Developer Resources openblockproject.org developer.openblockproject.org demo.openblockproject.org Open Source Mapping / GIS tools - opengeo.org HyperLocal w/ OpenBlock Hack Day at MIT - Oct 30th Hacks/Hackers, Boston Globe, OpenPlans + you http://meetupbos.hackhackers.com
    • Open Source and the News Challenge i.e., how to open source your project without breaking your budget
    • What do you really mean by “open source”?
    • What do you really mean by “open source”? By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source platform that uses a code base that can be used by anyone after the grant period to either replicate your project in their community or to build upon it.
    • What do you really mean by “open source”? By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source platform that uses a code base that can be used by anyone after the grant period to either replicate your project in their community or to build upon it. You will own your platform, but you will have to share any software you develop under a GPL license and any documents, manuals or instructions under Creative Commons licensing.
    • What do you really mean by “open source”? By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source platform that uses a code base that can be used by anyone after the grant period to either replicate your project in their community or to build upon it. You will own your platform, but you will have to share any software you develop under a GPL license and any documents, manuals or instructions under Creative Commons licensing. ...
    • Open Source is a long-term proposition but... it’s easy to plan ahead for it
    • Feature development & documentation: ticket tracker/wiki
    • Product discussion: mailing list
    • Code: social repo
    • Progress: blog
    • Periodic releases: demo server
    • Open source resources • Book: Producing Open Source Software http://producingoss.com • Citizen Media Law Project http://www.citmedialaw.org • Software Freedom Law Center http://www.softwarefreedom.org • Knight will help you if you are selected
    • Thanks! (see you at the hackathon October 30th) OpenPlans: http://openplans.org OpenBlock: http://openblockproject.org Nick Grossman: nick@openplans.org @nickgrossman