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Category Archives: Development Tools

  1. Turning Government Web Content Into APIs.

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    January 16, 2014 by mheadd

    Inspired by a recent Open City project that repurposes data on sewage in the Chicago River, I wanted to work …
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  2. 5 Essential Open Data Tools

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    January 15, 2014 by mheadd

    Every data wrangler has their own list of favorites – the go to tools that they use when they need …
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  3. Onboarding Civic Hackers

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    January 10, 2014 by mheadd

    Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending a civic hacking event jointly organized by Code for Philly and …
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  4. The Lesson of PennApps

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    September 17, 2013 by mheadd

    A couple of weeks ago, I attended the most recent PennApps hackathon – a biannual college hackathon in Philadelphia that …
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  5. An SMS-Enabled Polling Locator

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    November 4, 2012 by mheadd

    This is a great weekend for civic hacking. Daylight Savings Time has given us an extra hour, advances in telephony …
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  6. “Phind It For Me” Live in Philly

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    June 2, 2011 by mheadd

    Really excited to launch a new OpenGov project in Philadelphia – Phind It For Me. The service is built on …
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  7. Experiments in Open Data: Baltimore Edition

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    January 21, 2011 by mheadd

    A lot of my open gov energy of late has been focused on replicating a technique pioneered by Max Ogden …
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  8. Building Multichannel Transit Apps with Tropo

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    November 2, 2010 by mheadd

    This post is the third in a series about building an open source transit data application using GTFS data from …
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  9. Democratizing Transit Data with Open Source Software

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    October 20, 2010 by mheadd

    Democratizing government data will help change how government operates—and give citizens the ability to participate in making government services more …
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  10. How to Build an Open Transit Data Application

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    October 8, 2010 by mheadd

    Earlier this year, I had the chance to work with one of my state’s Senators to draft and pass a …
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