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Presentation to the Northeastern Illinois Documents Librarians Group, Spring Meeting 2014

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  1. 1. Documents! Northeastern Illinois Documents Librarians Group Spring Meeting 2014 June 6, 2014 1
  2. 2. Documents | Smart Chicago • I love documents • A civic organization devoted to improving lives in [place] through technology • The philosophy & why the model works • The founders & their roles • The strategy & why it is important • The funding & how it gets done • The work & how we do it June 6, 2014 2
  3. 3. Documents • Library geek • Litigation paralegal • Archiving enthusiast • Documentation phreak June 6, 2014 3
  4. 4. Library geek June 6, 2014 4
  5. 5. Litigation paralegal June 6, 2014 5
  6. 6. Archiving enthusiast June 6, 2014 6
  7. 7. Documentation phreak June 6, 2014 7
  8. 8. Smart Chicago June 6, 2014 8
  9. 9. Our Principles Technology Open Everyone Chicago June 6, 2014 9
  10. 10. Philosophy: technology; open • We are about technology – Everything we do relates to technology. We are of and about the Internet – We believe in the transformative power of the Internet to change lives and build the economy for all • We are open – We are a small organization looking to make the biggest impact possible. We can’t do that by being tight or closed – We work in the open, using & publishing open source technology – We have methods for others allowed “in”, whether as contributors, observers, users, whatever June 6, 2014 10
  11. 11. Philosophy: everyone; Chicago • We seek to be of use to everyone – We believe in the power of the network – The network needs everyone in it to be powerful – We work on solutions that cover the entire city • We focus on Chicago – Our middle name – We do seek to scale our solutions, but not without serving Chicago June 6, 2014 11
  12. 12. The Strategy June 6, 2014 12
  13. 13. Access, Skills, and Data • Access to the Internet for all – Broadband at home – Public computer centers and Community technology centers – Next generation stuff • Skills once you’re on the Internet – All on ramps • Data so that there’s something worth looking at once you’re on and know how to work it – Apps – Infrastructure June 6, 2014 13
  14. 14. The Founders June 6, 2014 14
  15. 15. 2 Philanthropies and 1 Municipality • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – A center for ideation and conception – 2007 report, “The City that NETWorks” – The primary source of funding • Chicago Community Trust – Provides housing for the organization and is fiscal agent – At the center of funding and knowledge for the region – Critical financial, human resources, and other support • The City of Chicago – The most important policy lever in the region – Departmental relationships – Getting things done June 6, 2014 15
  16. 16. The Funding June 6, 2014 16
  17. 17. Sources of Capital • Founders – MacArthur: primary; essential – CCT: critical support; real dollars – City: BTOP; possible new sources at the Department levels • Other philanthropies – Sprague: on-target programs – Pritzker: allied goals; serving as an IT shop – ISTC: expertise in the field of open data/ hackathons/ gov policy, etc • Corporate – Nothing really on this yet June 6, 2014 17
  18. 18. The Work June 6, 2014 18
  19. 19. Connect Chicago • Connect Chicago is a loose network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, digital skills training, and online learning resources are available—for free. • Recent metrics project – Two teams of 7 people employed for the summer with Federal money – 1,110 photos – 200+ records updated – 197 in-depth interviews with front-line people working in public computer centers and community technology centers June 6, 2014 19
  20. 20. The Work June 6, 2014 20
  21. 21. Civic User Testing Group • 512 signups in 49 wards. +119 since June 3 • Completed test #3 • Published results of FreedomPop test • Patterns– our last month of Gansen • We are planning a huge push on this, with a project page listing our advisors and philosophy • Two partners (Hoy Newspaper and Open Maps) want to do tests with us June 6, 2014 21
  22. 22. City Update June 6, 2014 22
  23. 23. Chicago Works For You • A city services dashboard that helps people see the entire corpus of the city at once • Not their little slice, but all of us • We’re in this together, but we will have a hard time seeing things that way unless we have tools that frame it that way June 6, 2014 23
  24. 24. #CivicSummer • 6 week program • Learned a lot about teaching youth (150+) • Learned a lot about the organizations (FSM and Mikva) • Learned a lot about how summer works in Chicago • Badge! June 6, 2014 24
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  28. 28. Moar • There’s always more • @danxoneil • (773) 960-6045 • doneil@cct.org June 6, 2014 28

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