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May 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:

  • Civic Innovation Day video - Regional Transit Challenge
  • Warrenton, VA joins our budget visualization community
  • Thoughts on the MyCville App
  • Civic Innovation in the Community
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Civic Innovation Day video - Regional Transit Challenge


We have a new video promoting the Civic Innovation Day challenge from our regional transit partners JAUNT, CAT, and UTS.

Regional Transit Challenge
Charlottesville Area Transit, JAUNT and the University Transit System all provide transit services to the region. Each entity has a specific focus for their service, and some overlap occurs at the edge of each service area. How can we create a platform for current and potential transit passengers to know what service options are available, and how to best access the services?
Project fellow: Nathan Day will be the lead facilitator for this challenge. Nate works for HemoShear Therapeutics building tools and pipelines to analyze drug discovery data. He enjoys applying himself to civic data because it keeps him learning new skills that can ultimately help the community make better data-driven decisions.

JOIN US FOR CID 2018 - Data scientists, programmers, technologists, designers, and interested citizens all have something to contribute!
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Warrenton, VA joins our budget visualization community

We're thrilled to have the team from Warrenton, VA join our budget visualization community.

Warrenton's effort was spearheaded by Town Manager Brannon Godfrey. The visualization covers the General Fund and a Budget Process Timeline. This fund accounts for all revenues and expenditures involved in daily operations of the Town that are not accounted for in other funds. The General Fund is the primary operating account of the Town. This fund accounts for most traditional local government programs such as police, public works, community development and parks and recreation. The General Fund also includes a transfer payment to the capital improvement fund.

My Thoughts on the MyCville App

"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 of their “tickets”. It’s a big step forward in digital government locally.

The purpose of this post is to focus on the importance of making as much of this data open as possible. It’s clear that nearly all of the data submitted into the 311 is public data and subject to FOIA. However, past legal definitions, let’s discuss the spirit of this data. First and foremost is the fact that this is crowdsourced data – meaning it is created by and comes directly from citizens. It only makes sense that this data is then shared back, in aggregate, to the community via the Open Data Portal."

Read the entire blog post
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Civic Innovation in the Community

Cville Bikemap from Professor Guoping Huang and students:
Over the last three years, Professor Huang has led his students in the development of a Charlottesville Bikemap, which not only features bike infrastructure, but also commuting patterns and traffic modeling. The most exciting byproducts of the project are a) the tool that can generate bike path based on user input and b) the bike-shed feature to show easy and moderate biking range.

Project from the Open Data Challenge:
Team H.A.C.K.D. - Winner: Best Data Storytelling
WiFi has given us the freedom to work, play, and connect in any way we’d like.
Connection brings us all together and there is an underlying, fundamental reliance on this connectivity. How do these connections impact our visitors to the beautiful, historic Downtown Mall? Are there insights that can be gained from visualizing this data?

Neighborhood Assessment Matrix from Prof Carah Ong Whaley and students:
"For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Charlottesville City Council approved $100,000 for a pilot participatory budgeting (PB) project from its strategic investment fund. One of the Local Politics and Issue Governance student groups working on budget issues has been following the local PB process. We heard from Matthew Slaats, who is leading the PB effort, that a neighborhood assessment matrix would be really useful in the decision-making process to launch the pilot. The student group, led by Dominic Ritchey, used Charlottesville open data and other open data sources for a data-driven approach to develop recommendations based on the desire to maximize neighborhood participation and effect of the trial project..."

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