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November 2018 Newsletter

Smart Cville promotes the use of technology and data to help communities find innovative solutions by facilitating the exchange of ideas between civic institutions and citizens.

In this issue:

  • Find us at UVA's LinkLab!
  • Update on Hiring our First Program Coordinator
  • Virginia Discipline Project on NPR
  • Civic Innovation Spotlight: Building Permit Webtool

Find us at the LinkLab!

We're excited to begin spending one day a month at the UVA's LinkLab on Grounds. The Link Lab was created as part of a new initiative at UVA to create a world-class center of excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). This initiative began with over two dozen faculty drawn from multiple departments and will build upon existing strengths, such as UVA’s pioneering work in areas such as Body Sensors, Smart Buildings, Wireless Health, Resilient Infrastructure, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. We're obviously interested in the numerous smart cities applications being researched.

Working with Associate Director, Jon Goodall and others, we're hopeful to expand our smart cities work locally. Expect more to come on this and if you're interested in dropping in on us when we're on Grounds, please let me know. We'd love to chat. The LinkLab is located in Olsson Hall. Similarly, if you're interested in contributing to or helping develop smart cities programming or projects, let us know!

Update on Hiring our First Program Coordinator

We're very excited to begin interviews for our first ever program coordinator this month. Interviews will take place at our Community Sponsor Lenhart and Pettit.

We hope to have someone ready to announce in the next newsletter. We were enthused by the candidates who submitted applications by the 10/31 deadline. If you're interested in what this person will be doing, feel free to check out the job posting.

Our program coordinator will start as a part-time position of 10 hours a week for the 2019 year. If you're interested in helping us expand this role, please contact us.

Virginia Discipline Project on NPR

Many thanks to Megan Pauly for doing the following story on our Virginia School Discipline Project.

'A report released Wednesday from the Legal Aid Justice Center found African American students are 4 1/2 times more likely to be suspended from school than their Hispanic or White peers.

An online tool called the Virginia School Discipline Project aims to change that by helping parents more easily access and navigate certain school policies.
Lucas Ames with data non-profit, Smart Cville, says he thinks the disparity in suspension rates is partly because parents often don’t have the information they need to advocate for their kids.

“When information isn’t totally transparent, it privileges those with access who can maybe hire an attorney to help them navigate the process against those who don’t.”'

Read/Listen here

Civic Innovation Spotlight: Building Permit Webtool

We were thrilled to hear from Andrew Walker that he took up our challenge to do something cool with the Charlottesville Open Data Portal Building Permits set.

His webtool is a fantastic way to get a sense of what type of development is occurring within specific areas of the city. The tool is map-based and has the power to query significant chunks of data and permit types. Right now, the viewer is limited to a buffer distance of 1000 feet.

Andrew used the ArcGIS Javascript API to build this solution.

Find the solution here.
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