vnyc

Month: 2018-11

2018-11-06

noneck 03:09:45
FYI - Tomorrow, if you are voting in NYC's election, please watch this video on the three ballot initiatives. Also, check to see who is on your ballot via http://whosontheballot.org/ — #NYCvotes http://punkcast.com/3816/Manhattan_Community_Boards_-_Understanding_Your_Ballot_11_01_2018.mp4

whosontheballot.org

Who's On The Ballot | Everything you need to know about NYC elections.

Everything you need to know about NYC elections.

noneck 23:21:40
:alarm_clock: :school: :computer: :heart: :statue_of_liberty: — NYC's open data portal has over 2,000+ data sets that tell our 8 million+ stories. Knowing how to use that data isn't easy. *Join us next Tuesday (13 Nov) and Thursday (15 Nov) as BetaNYC concludes its four part curriculum on NYC's open data. Designed from years of experience, these two classes will teach you (103) the city's open data portal & provide an introduction to spreadsheets; (104) provides a deep dive into US Census data and the Carto platform.*

While free, seating is limited to 25, and there is a suggested donation of $30.

FYI - both classes require the student to bring a computer; tools we are teaching will not work on iOS and Android devices/tablets.

*103 - 13 Nov - Open data portal and spreadsheets* - https://nyc-open-data-103-civichall2018.eventbrite.com

*104 - 15 Nov - US Census data and mapping via the carto platform*
- https://nyc-open-data-104-civichall2018.eventbrite.com

Eventbrite

NYC Open Data 103 - Diving into the city's open data portal & spreadsheets

BetaNYC has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help Community Boards access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. These insights come from a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. This workshop will teach you how to navigate the NYC open data portal to find your desired datasets, and implement fundamental data analytics in Socrata and spreadsheets. Believe it or not, you will leave this workshop completely confident in your ability to create useful data summaries using the Roll-up in Socrata and Pivot table in Google Sheets.  Be prepared to work on and off the computer, as mid-way through we join together for a tactile, hands-on data exercise. To participate in this class we highly recommend you bring a laptop and power adapter. This class will not work on Chromebooks, iOS phones or tablets, nor on Android devices. Class time 90 mins. We start promptly at 5:20. Tickets are free and our classroom is limited to 25 people. We're asking for a suggested donation of $30. STATUS: This class is in beta! You can access our training material via this google drive link. Thank you Civic Hall for donating space to host our workshop. You should check out their near-daily newsletter, Civicist.

Eventbrite

NYC open data 104 - Mapping & analyzing NYC’s census and open data

BetaNYC has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help Community Boards access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. These insights come from a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. This workshop will extend your understanding of data into the spatial dimension, teaching you to make maps using Carto, a web-based mapping platform. Specifically you will learn how to map NYC open data, import a boundary shapefile into a map, and join a boundary file with Census information in order to map socio-demographics of NYC communities. Come ready to take your understanding of data into the spatial realm! To participate in this class we highly recommend you bring a laptop and power adapter. This class will not work on Chromebooks, iOS phones or tablets, nor on Android devices. Class time 90 mins. We start promptly at 5:20. Tickets are free and our classroom is limited to 25 people. We're asking for a suggested donation of $30. STATUS: beta! You can access our training material via this google drive link. Thank you Civic Hall for donating space to host our workshop. You should check out their near-daily newsletter, Civicist.

2018-11-09

2018-11-26

npstorey 21:08:06
Good morning. New thread about the 2019 NYC Charter Revision process. Last week on Monday the commission released a bunch of documents, including: 1) Timeline for the process (http://charter2019.nyc/pdfs/Timeline.pdf) and 2) Summary of the proposals so far (http://charter2019.nyc/pdfs/Proposals.pdf). I just saw this yesterday, and one thing that stands out to me is that the timeline asks for the public to submit proposed focus areas of the commission until November 28, but there is no clear way to get public input to help prioritize which focus areas the public thinks the commission should focus on. This could be a good moment to insert a grassroots demonstration of a better engagement process. To that end I have taken the proposal focus areas and distilled them into 40 statements. I put these statements into a http://Pol.is|Pol.is conversation and an All Our Ideas webpage (links in the thread below). The commission’s timeline says that they will vote on which focus areas to pursue in December. I’d like to run a quick grassroots feedback process (1 or 2 weeks max, depending on when the commission is actually voting) and present this to the commission for consideration as they are selecting focus areas. What do people think? Which tool is better for this, http://Pol.is|Pol.is or All Our Ideas? Anyone who testified hear back from the commission? Anyone interested in helping to promote this grassroots feedback excersise? @itsmisscs @lizbarry @patcon @bitsy.bentley @devin @noneck @darshana
npstorey 21:09:11
2019 charter reivision topic areas feedback on polis: https://pol.is/9arwjz9ev5
npstorey 21:09:35
2019 charter reivision topic areas feedback on All Our Ideas: http://allourideas.org/nycpeoplescharter
npstorey 21:11:33
Airtable with the statements (in the Proposal Focus Areas tab): https://airtable.com/shryszDJvJiX2Iiyk
devin 22:50:20
Impressive work Nathan. Thanks for doing all this.
devin 22:50:59
I've set up a Consul deployment that we can test as well. http://v.mygov.nyc/admin
If you'd like an admin account please register and ping me and I can upgrade your access.
devin 22:59:21
I created a "Collaborative Legislation" Consul process here: http://v.mygov.nyc/legislation/processes/1/debate
devin 23:03:45
And I added a few "questions" from the Elections section of the PDF doc you posted so people could see how it would look to accomodate this process.
noneck 23:18:53
btw, i have been talking to the commission's civic enagement person and they are intersted in hosting a listening session on how to use digital tools for their next phase.
noneck 23:19:28
@nathan.p.storey do you think you can demo a workflow?
devin 23:28:01
Cool - I'd certainly like to attend that "listening session"
devin 23:29:19
I posted "Board of Elections" questions/proposals under Consul's "Debate" feature and Campaign Finance ones under the "Proposal" feature so folks can get an idea of the differences.
devin 00:36:47
Okay now I've used both all our ideas and polis and think, in this context, all our ideas makes more sense as it delivers a result that makes prioritization easier.
npstorey 03:59:36
Thanks for jumping in on this Devin and Noel - I’ll reply this evening when I get home.
npstorey 06:52:51
Picking up on a few things here - my proposal to use Polis or All Our Ideas (All Our Ideas was originally suggested by @lizbarry) is for the specific step in the process that is happening right now - the commission selecting which “focus areas” they will proceed with. Specific ask here to @noneck - do you think you could find out when the commission will be voting on the focus areas, and if they would be open to receiving feedback from the public on how to prioritize? Regarding the next step in the process - the Jan-Mar 2019 public meetings to solicit proposals - I would be happy to help walk through some of the options. For this part, I think Consul (something like what @devin set up) might be good. For the May-June 2019 public meetings on the draft slate of proposals I could see Polis being really useful. Could be cool to propose 3 tools to be used in different parts of the process timeline as outlined by the Commission. Noel - when will this listening session on using digital tools be happening?
robin 15:31:43
First time hearing the charter revision. Submission of ideas seem pretty daunting. Anyone has recommendation on how to start learning about this...?
npstorey 20:04:37
Hi Robin - I think a good place to start is this blog post from BetaNYC, written by Noel: https://beta.nyc/2018/09/19/nyc-charter-revision-commission-and-you/ You can also check out the charter revision website (http://www.charter2019.nyc) for more info.
noneck 22:16:29
god, this would be so much easier if we all worked in the same room... before y'all start talking about tools, i think a simple diagram of the process would work. honestly, i get lost when tools are referenced as process. polis here, consul, there... as a technologist, it is confusing and a bit fetishy... honestly, how can we go about digitizing a process without having a conversation around the process. if you want my buy in, we should have some conversations with the end user. you know, be all user centered and all that?

is there somewhere on the space time continuium we can chat? like maybe a weekend evening thing?
bitsybot 23:16:41
I'd be down for that. I'm at roots camp this weekend, but maybe next?
devin 23:19:49
Happy to meet up. I'll be back on the 29th.
npstorey 01:39:48
I’d be happy to meet up too! Point taken about fetishizing tools - not my intention, but I see how I’m contributing to this. Process over tools every time :) I can meet on December 8, but not dec 7 or dec 9.
devin 01:45:23
Just putting it out there that I think some tools could deserve a bit of fetishization - if you're into that type of thing.

2018-11-27

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2018-11-30

noneck 22:46:52
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