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Join the team from OpenPlans to chat about Plan In A Box, our simple website template for urban planning projects. Drop by anytime with your questions and criticism of our #newschallenge  proposal.

We'll use your input to improve our ideas ahead of the second round of review -- and we'll also use everything we learn in our ongoing work on open source tools for civic engagement!
Let's talk about Plan In A Box
Fri, April 5, 2013, 10:30 AM

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Thanks to everyone who joined us earlier. Our revised proposal incorporates the good ideas we heard -- https://www.newschallenge.org/open/open-government/submission/plan-in-a-box-excellent-websites-for-neighborhood-projects./
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So easy your human companion could do it too!
JavaScript started as a programming language to make internet pages more interactive. Nowadays JavaScript runs in more places than just in web browsers -- it runs on web servers, phones and even robots! This page will teach you some JavaScript basics so that you can get up and running in no time*!

* actual time: more than none. probably an hour or two. Also since you are a cat you are less likely to run and more likely to lay around in the sun
JavaScript started as a programming language to make internet pages more interactive. Nowadays JavaScript runs in more places than just in web browsers -- it runs on web servers, phones and [even robo...
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Four years ago, Marks decided that if the banks' computer systems and call centers were all tangled up and not built to handle the problem, he would build his own system.

"We learned what didn't work," he says. "We kept failing at various things, so then what we learned is we had to go outside of the banks. We had to set up our own systems outside of the way that they do business. In essence we had to do the work for them, and that's what we do."

NACA counselors help homeowners scan all their documents — tax forms, identification, bank statements — into a computer system that the nonprofit developed. If they're missing any papers, they can go home and get them. And NACA organizes all this into an online package for the banks.

When Marks first told the nation's biggest banks he wanted them to patch into his computer system, he says, "they said, 'Never — we don't do that because this is Bank of America, this is Chase, this is Wells [Fargo]. We have our own systems.' "
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"Finding your way around the Washington region by bike just got a whole lot easier.

BikePlanner.Org is a new bike routing website from OpenPlans that uses the impressive crowdsourced OpenStreetMap. You can instantly set your personal preferences for “fastest,” “safest,” or “flattest” route using the handy triangle selector and you can also choose personal bike or bikeshare."
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Straight talking from Ryan Thornburg, in a decently even-handed assessment of OpenBlock. "There's plenty of evidence out there to suggest the OpenBlock application is essentially a great experiment and proof of concept, but a dud as a useful tool for journalists. "
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the extent to which civic tech advances this transformative potential depends on the collective ability of cities, equity groups, the technology community and other leaders to seize this momentum and address systemic issues including:

* Rigid local government business systems: These include inflexible technology platforms which lock in public data and dated business processes; siloed or exclusionary governance structures; and legal/regulatory restraints both real and perceived.

* Gaps in the civic tech marketplace: Cities struggle to sort through scores of apps to identify those that meet their needs. Few structures exist to link civic hackers to the stakeholders that would most benefit from their efforts. Meanwhile, beyond a small-but-growing number of startups, not many tech companies offer robust and affordable civic tech solutions.

* Underdeveloped mechanisms for spreading innovation: The networks connecting civic tech innovators within and across cities are early-stage. In addition, a lack of structures such as data standards (protocols for incorporating data from city governments and others into applications such as maps) forces cities to redevelop rather than seamlessly adopt existing innovations.
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Less that 24 hours to go with our Kickstarter campaign to put multi-modal transit routing back on the iPhone.

We’re still need a few more people to put us over the finish line… But rather than telling you (again) about all the great reasons to support our campaign, we’re going to give the last word to our friends and supporters. Here’s a taster of the last couple of days of positive vibes for this project from Twitter, news and blogs.

Thanks everyone for all the support, especially all 756 of our amazing backers on Kickstarter. Now, fingers crossed for the final push…
OpenPlans is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that helps cities work better. We inform and engage communities through journalism and open source software.
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"Technology in government should serve one of two purposes: it should either improve the services that government provides its citizens, or it should more efficiently (i.e. more cheaply) provide those services. The difficulty is that while technology is core to the business of government, it is not core to the mission of government (a description I first heard from Brett Goldstein. To the outside observer, it isn’t obvious how a dollar spent on technology could also be a dollar spent on supporting low-income families, or putting more police on our street."
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