A Possible Approach to Crowdsourcing and Displaying TIF Info Over the Web

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A Possible Approach to Crowdsourcing and Displaying TIF Info Over the Web

  1. 1. A Possible Approach to Crowdsourcing and Displaying TIF Info Over the Web <ul><li>Using some tools stitched together </li></ul>Daniel X. O’Neil, June 1, 2009 OpenGovChicago(-land) Meeting
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>The idea of crowdsourcing TIF data came up from the audience at the Hideout during a TIF panel </li></ul><ul><li>It makes a ton of sense </li></ul><ul><li>There is a Sunshine TIF ordinance, which may or may not make this easier or change the workflow </li></ul><ul><li>But that won’t change the desire to understand and share </li></ul>
  3. 3. My example: the Archer-Western TIF <ul><li>It’s new (January 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>I happened to research it when doing some other stuff </li></ul><ul><li>The idea is that everyone can take a pet TIF and run with it </li></ul>
  4. 5. Tools <ul><li>Versionista for monitoring Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Google News alerts to make sure we catch everything published </li></ul><ul><li>Google Spreadsheets for collecting and displaying data </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare for publishing and storing documents </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress for publishing the information and maintaining consistency across Web sites </li></ul>
  5. 6. More about WordPress <ul><li>Very powerful publishing platform </li></ul><ul><li>Themes allow for distributing styles, look & feel, and some functionality </li></ul><ul><li>But very few (any?) people use it to distribute site content structures across the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Categories, content types, link lists, instructions on gathering content-- all of this can be included in a theme </li></ul><ul><li>As we all learn more about types of data, we can share info in new versions of the theme </li></ul>
  6. 8. More about Slideshare <ul><li>Creates an embeddable file </li></ul><ul><li>Great for SEO (in order to spread the amount and quality of information about a TIF </li></ul><ul><li>Creates an OCR text version of the file </li></ul><ul><li>Creates an RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>More distribution of canonical documents is good </li></ul>
  7. 10. More about Google Spreadsheets <ul><li>Creates an embeddable file </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for lots of people to contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a sharable template for collecting info </li></ul><ul><li>Provides some guidance to the City as to what’s important in collecting </li></ul>
  8. 13. Some Thoughts/ Next Steps Next Steps <ul><li>My instinct is to hope that these sites are flat (pure reporting/ repository of information) </li></ul><ul><li>And let analysis happen in other places </li></ul><ul><li>I guess we should decide if we’re buying into this platform </li></ul><ul><li>Still have to talk about workflow for handling new documents </li></ul>

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