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Civic Innovation


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An overview of civic innovation

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Civic Innovation

  1. 1. Setting the Stage There was a time when the only way people interacted with their government was by voting or reading the newspaper. Now we communicate directly. Strangers are talking to each other, organizing together, and working together to shape their worlds. Everything is different about how we can work with governments and we're only just starting to figure it out.
  2. 2. What is Civic Innovation? Civic innovation is the act of discovering and implementing new ways to help a community solve its own problems This might mean... ● Helping a local government release new datasets about violent crime. ● Using low cost sensors to collect information about local air quality in New York City suburbs. ● Making it easier for people to learn about their candidates for the state senate. ● etc.
  3. 3. The Need for Civic Innovation Why Is Civic Innovation So Important? Massive Existing Infrastructure Effective technology can make community processes and services more effective and more impactful. Everyone Relies on Civic Services The quality of public services affects the quality of a everyone’s lives, and everybody can benefit from efforts to improve them. Empowers Stakeholders We can enable understanding by collecting, organizing, and distributing information more effectively. Immediate Reusability Civic organizations around the world share unique versions of the same problems.
  4. 4. Solution
  5. 5. Solution – Data Collection
  6. 6. Solution – Content Management
  7. 7. Solution – Access Layer System Access Layer Breakdown
  8. 8. Solution – Content Analysis
  9. 9. The Civic Innovation Process Understand Community Priorities Define a Strategy for Impact Develop a Solution Validation and Analytics Systematize the Successes
  10. 10. Data Seal Allowing governments to release authentic datasets - Uses hashing and encryption to make it easy for an organization to release any type of file in a way that others can validate authenticity later. - Intended to prevent the need for the use of proprietary data formats such as pdf. - Built for the district attourney of Washington DC.
  11. 11. Connecticut Data Collaborative Changing the way Connecticut uses data - Data portal featuring dozens of datasets. - Allows elected officials, citizens, and journalists to explore information about cities and towns in the state. - Several types of data visualization, and tools to filter and explore.
  12. 12. Opened Captions - Socket-based API to push the words being spoken on live television onto the Internet. - Distributed architecture, designed to support second screen experiences. - Rapid prototyping tool, possible to set up working caption stream in under two minutes. Connecting television to the Internet
  13. 13. CivOmega - Platform for engineers to create question patterns that map to API calls and database queries - Intended to make government datasets more useful to non-technical users. Making data useful to normal human beings
  14. 14. Truth Goggles Helping people remember when to think - Layer of information to highlight phrases in news that readers should think about more carefully. - Interfaces designed to help bypass people’s biases and negative reactions to new information. - Tool for journalists to design their own highlights, and embed in their articles.