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[…]

Announcing City of Charlottesville Budget Visualization Update

In conjunction with the City of Charlottesville, Smart Cville has developed a new feature for the city budget visualization. Each quarter the city releases updates on its revenues and expenditures.  This allows different constituencies to track quarterly progress in each area.  Previously, the city would publish this data within a PDF document.  Now, citizens will[…]

Smart Cville and Albemarle County launch visual budget tool

PRESS RELEASE: Smart Cville and Albemarle County launch visual budget tool Making the County budget more accessible for everyone Charlottesville, July 13, 2016  – Smart Cville, in collaboration with Albemarle County, is excited to announce the launch of an online budget visualization tool for the County’s recently published FY17 budget. The tool provides an interactive[…]

Open Letter on Open Data in Charlottesville

April 12, 2016 Dear Council Members, Thank you for your service to the City of Charlottesville.  In a letter to the editor the majority of the Council described a recent change in meeting procedures as “intended to create more transparency, broader engagement and a more efficient Council; less talk and more action means more tangible[…]

City of Charlottesville Budget Visualization Launch

It is with great pleasure that Smart Cville is publishing its Charlottesville Budget Visualization project.  We believe that this project takes valuable, yet complicated, data and makes it easier to comprehend.  There is nothing easy about the budget process and our city does a great job to make the budget process work.  Our visualization utilizes[…]