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Tiger Oakes

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The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data I created for Big Island Buses (my schedule software for the Hawaii Hele-On Bus) is now available under CC0

The feed is available at GitHub, and anyone can send a pull request to modify the feed. After approval the data will be pushed directly to https://goride.io . Soon, it will also power transit directions on Google Maps.

I created the feed by looking at the PDF schedules available at http://heleonbus.org so it may become out-of-date in the future. I'll be finishing this project in a few months, so updates for the data by the community will be very appreciated. 
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Burt Lum

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Join us to learn more about Creative Commons.
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Creative Commons is here in Hawaii and we have a chance learn more about this key sharing initiative. +Billy Meinke from Creative Commons now calls Hawaii home. We thought this would be a good chance to introduce him to the open, civic community. We can talk about CC in general and fork into whatever direction is of interest.

It's a BYOB event!
Creative Commons Meetup
Wed, December 3, 2014, 11:30 PM
Kakaako Agora, 441 Cooke St. Honolulu, HI

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RG Pascual

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Hello,

I have a few invitations left for the invitation only launch of Google Domains.  They are equipped to register the essential domain TLD extensions (.com, .org, and .net) as well as many of the newer ones. 

Their DNS zone maintenance interface is simple, but intuitive and the propagation latency of new zone records is really minimal (within a minute or two).  Pricing is also competitive... oh yah, one more thing, the integration of DNS records using Google domains also is already strongly supported throughout many of the Google properties.

Let me know if you'd like an invite.  Be sure to introduce yourself with something outside your G+ profile and search results!

Aloha!
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I got an email update from the team at Google Domains: they've lifted the invitation-only restriction to sign up register  your own domains through them.  If you missed out when the invites went out... no need for them now.
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Burt Lum
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This looks like an interesting tool for collecting data for a variety of applications from damage assessments to bike racks: http://opendatakit.org/
Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to: Build a data collection form or survey (XLSForm is recommended for larger forms); ...
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Burt Lum
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Here is a cool toolkit for collecting field data. This could be used for ground truthing the aftermath of a natural disaster like our recent #iselle.
ODK Build is a form designer with a drag-and-drop user interface. Build is an HTML5 web application and works best for designing simple forms. Using the Application. Please read all the instructions and notes before beginning. Go to http://build.opendatakit.org and sign in. Add a new prompt, ...
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Buddy of mine just pointed me to Veri.ly http://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2014-08-13-verily-getting-facts-straight-during-humanitarian-disasters and I haven't tried it, but it looks like this could help verify reports. Maybe news media would be interested in tools like these and partnering with civic groups to improve citizen journalism in such situations?
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Brian Glanz

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Glad to see open data on the Maui County Council agenda again, the Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee will hear from +Burt Lum tomorrow <http://www.mauicounty.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/19319>.
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Lots of good things in this recent World Bank report on open data in government.

"Many governments are pursuing Open Data policies. One of the key policy drivers has been to use Open Data to drive economic growth and business innovation. This paper examines the evidence for the economic potential of Open Data and concludes that, despite a variation in published estimates and some methodological difficulties, the potential is very large indeed. It reviews the latest data about companies using Open Data, and highlights four companies which did not exist ten years ago, which are driven by Open Data, and which are each now valued at around $1 billion or more. It discusses the five archetypical types of businesses using Open Data, and cites concrete examples of each, and discusses the types of data which are proving most likely to lead to widespread business adoption and innovation. It suggests that governments should see themselves not only as a Supplier of Open Data but also as a Leader, Catalyst and User of it. Finally it makes some recommendations for policies and actions which governments could take to maximise the economic growth possible from their data."

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"However because use of data is “non-rivalrous” the fact that governments (or others) have used the data for the purpose for which it was originally collected does not prevent that data being used for other purposes - by others or, indeed, by other parts of the government itself. Economic theory suggests that benefits are maximised when access to the information is priced at the marginal cost of distribution - and the internet has made the marginal cost of distribution of digitised data by download from the web effectively zero. While there may be distribution costs such as setting up an Open Data portal and policy and technical work to implement the extraction data from internal databases, these are mainly one-off expenditures which are usually infeasible or uneconomic to amortise in recurrent charges for data access - the amounts involved are typically small compared to the on-going costs payment collection and administration that would be necessary to recover them."
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Burt Lum
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This is a useful map of the evacuation centers in Hawaii made by +Anthony Christe Looks like he had to scrap the data of the pdf file from State Civil Defense.
I am not associated with any federal, state, or local government or office. Data was obtained from Hawai'i State Civil Defense hurricane evacuation shelters list which can be found at http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/2013SeptHurEvacShelters.pdf. Location data was obtained using Google maps.
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City and County of Honolulu official map is here:
http://cchnl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d06eeca5c9a84d1c95944ea8a92f9b7b

It uses a REST service that will be updated as status changes:
http://services.arcgis.com/tNJpAOha4mODLkXz/arcgis/rest/services/iselle_shelters_oahu/FeatureServer/0
Note that the service contains about 150 potential shelters, only ten are currently being opened (Iselle_open = "YES").
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If you haven't already done so, this documentary is a must see: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
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That would be awesome!
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Just talked to the City and they launched this cool open geo-spacial site:
Discover, explore, and download open data from Honolulu Open Geospatial Data
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Nice!
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Now this (and things like this) would be awesome if we could get it here.

Want to know where the meth houses were around you or if you're buying one? You can in Indiana!
Clandestine Labs listed on this website fit the following criteria: At least 180 days have passed since the seizure of the lab by law enforcement, if the address is a “property” as defined by IC 5-2-6-19(b);; Locations not defined as “property” will be listed approximately 30 days after the ...
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Look what was just created off that dataset - https://socratadata.iot.in.gov/Government/Map-of-ISP-Meth-Lab-Locations/p36g-874q - knowledge is power, thanks for sharing Jared...
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Welcome to the Code for America - Hawaii Brigade. This group is for all those interested in open data, data access, apps, big data, data visualization, APIs and anything related to civic engagement and collaborative technologies.
 
I just realized that the "suggest a dataset" feature on the State and City open data portals actually allows viewing and voting on the suggestions. I suggest you check them out!

https://data.honolulu.gov/nominate

https://data.hawaii.gov/nominate
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There is the "Approved" and "Open" queue, but it kind of seems like they're not necessarily planning to implement the ones in the "Approved" list.
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Jason Axelson

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With all this talk recently of UH budget woes I've been thinking of trying to do some analysis/visualization of the UH budget because I've been unable to find a decent break-down of the budget. There are some high-level presentations, but very little raw data. Here's one good example of high-level data:

http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcafo/pdf/FY15BudgetPresentation.pdf

These seem to be the main budget documents available but they are quite hard to parse (as well as all being PDF's!)

http://www.hawaii.edu/budget/budgetdoc

Here's an example of discussion on the UH budget recently (Civil Cafe):
http://www.civilbeat.com/2014/11/university-of-hawaii-officials-talk-budget-woes-at-civil-cafe/?cbk=546f9b8a6b76e

Especially I'd like to see a budget breakdown per department.
It’s going to take a lot of money and work to untangle the University of Hawaii’s current financial mess. That’s the one point panelists appeared to agree on at Thursday’s Civil Cafe event in Kakaako, which centered on the problems ailing UH and how to fix them. The event featured UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, Regent Jeff Portnoy, Faculty Senate Chair Ron Bontekoe and undergraduate student government president Stephen Nishihara. Earlier...
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+Misa Maruyama Thanks for that! I'll be at work though so wouldn't be able to make it. And unfortunately it doesn't appear that the recordings are available.
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Burt Lum
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Here is a cool project from the team from ODI Leeds where they crowdsource location of public art via tweets. 
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I like the idea!
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Join us for the screening of The Internet's Own Boy and followup open data/open knowledge workshop/discussion.
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Screening of The Internet's Own Boy on Friday, Sept. 5th and Open Data/Open Knowledge discussion and workshop on Saturday, Sept. 6th from 10am - 2pm.
Extraordinary Machine: Public Access to Public Domain
Sat, September 6, 2014, 12:30 AM
Kakaako Agora, 441 Cooke St., Honolulu HI

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Aaron's brother Noah has been in touch, recruiting participants and organizers for the next http://aaronswartzhackathon.org/ which will be this Nov. 8-9. Have a look! and if info for this year is not yet all there, ping Noah or you can ask me, too, it was great last year.
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Is anyone aware of a crowdsourcing platform being run and contributed to locally, like say a pybossa/crowdcrafting installation? Lots of potential for civic hacking.
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They're doing air quality reporting, PDF table data transcription, NASA image analysis and some other task-oriented projects. Straight-forward open source crowdsourcing platform, like Mechanical Turk, but without a payment component.
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This may be fairly basic for many of you, but here's a nice collection of free tools for data visualization, curated by the Tactical Tech Collective.

https://visualisingadvocacy.org/resources/visualisationtools

A good way to get people playing with data.
Negotiating the wide array of data visualisation tools is difficult. Some of the visualisation tools mentioned in the guide are reviewed here in greater depth. We have been testing out free-to-use data visualisation tools and profiling them to help you decide which ones are best for the visual ...
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Oh, that would be a really useful thing to have. My hunch is that if you were able to describe relationships in the data in a way that a program understands, you'd already understand the data well enough to know which tools or visualizations would be useful.
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I am sending around this petition to see if we can adopt Creative Commons licensing for the Hawaii Open Data portal. The portal is currently (c) State of Hawaii. CC0 or CC by 4.0 would make it much easier to access from a copyright standpoint. Thanks for your support!
The Hawaii State Open Data portal is a product of Act 263 where all Hawaii data already deemed public and in its electronic form be made freely...
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+Russell Castagnaro +Burt Lum Burt is correct: the source code and the data are separate. If the data in the portal were licensed openly (or better, with CC0 applied), and the conflicting terms (that +Jason Axelson pointed out) removed, people might actually reuse the data. Explicit reuse rights via an open license or public domain dedication are needed.

Is it common practice to "completely reimplement" a website when the TOU/TOS are updated? That's unfamiliar to me.

+Forest Frizzell Nice work following up on this. To be clear, the following is not accurate:

"By default the data sets are set to have no license, see Campaign Spending which allows you to use it in any capacity you want."

If no license is granted, then the automatic nature of copyright restricts many/most uses. No license = no reuse rights until you are explicitly given them. Just making sure we are all on the same page :)

To allow maximum reuse, CC BY is best for content, and CC0 for data. Happy to continue to discuss (and sorry I'm late to the party).

Billy
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http://allaregreen.us/ Thought this was brilliant if ya'll haven't seen. A free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress.
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Jason Axelson

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+Royce Jones I created a github repository for the power-ballot project:

https://github.com/CodeforHawaii/hawaii-power-ballot

I also created a github pages for it. To edit them, just edit the gh-pages branch:
http://codeforhawaii.github.io/hawaii-power-ballot/

For those that don't know what I'm talking about, see Royce's latest project:
http://gdsihawaii.com/powerballot_hip14/senate12.htm#

It is a semi-standardized format to include information about a candidate, some information about them and links to their web-pages and other sites like FollowTheMoney.
Contribute to hawaii-power-ballot development by creating an account on GitHub.
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I wonder if we could do something with the actual ballots that are posted (e.g. https://elections2.hawaii.gov/ppl/docs/PPL/BALLOTS/2014/PRIMARY/English/2202EN.pdf)

screenshots and then links?

Extract the data? Or reauthor the pdfs and add links? Ideally it would be something more interactive...

Or just reproduce the approximate look in CSS and fill with data from somewhere office of elections
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