Charlottesville Fire Department Leverages Community Volunteers

The Charlottesville Fire Department (CFD) is using community volunteers to expand its capabilities and integrate data-driven processes into the core of its operations. Volunteers contribute both time and an expanded range of technical skills allowing CFD to focus on its core mission while also investigating new capabilities, forming unique data collaboratives. The era of regular[…]

Data on Racial Disparities in Criminal Charges in Charlottesville VA

A report on Charlottesville arrest data was recently written and released by Bill Mendez. The open dataset shows interesting (read: alarming) disparities in charges between African American and White residents of Charlottesville. Before summarizing the dataset we’d like to go over a few critical caveats: 1. Though the dataset provides the gender and race of[…]

Open Data Deep Dive: Understanding Addressing

Smart Cville is hosting an Addressing Deep Dive at 7:00 PM on Thursday, 28 March. The deep dive will be hosted at UVA’s Campbell Hall Room 220C, located on Bayly Dr Charlottesville, VA 22903. Deep Dives are unique events combining presentations by local experts with hands-on activities. This would be very useful to anyone working[…]

An Open Letter to City Council and the Police Civilian Review Board

Over the past three years, our Charlottesville-based non-profit, Smart Cville, has partnered with staff across numerous local municipalities and organizations to increase and improve the use of data in local decision making, community improvement, and civic innovation.  Personally, I’ve also sat on the City’s Open Data Advisory Group and JAUNT, one of the most data-driven[…]

Microsoft Meets Charlottesville Open Data – Building Footprints

On October 12, 2018, the New York Times published an article on a remarkable achievement from Microsoft, “A Map of Every Building In America.” The map provides insight on the structure and form of our impact on the environment, as well as the influence of history, geology, and culture on the manmade landscape. In addition[…]

Make MyCville App Data Open

As proponents of good digital government, we’re excited that the City of Charlottesville has finally launched a “311-like” service app called MyCville.  This app is powered by Accela and offers basic functionality for users to submit issues, requests, and questions.  Most importantly, it seems as if citizens will be able to track responses and follow-ups[…]

City Council and Mayor Salaries in Virginia

Tonight the Charlottesville City Council will take up compensation for members of its own body.  The prepared memo (PDF, p. 92) on this topic comes from City Attorney Craig Brown.  While the memo includes information on the relevant state code, it does not offer any sort of context for council salaries, including salaries from similar[…]