Open Baltimore

Amy Dusto chronicles city’s tech scene in 2010, 2011 for Johns Hopkins thesis uncategorized

Oct. 4, 2012 8:00 am

Amy Dusto chronicles city’s tech scene in 2010, 2011 for Johns Hopkins thesis

A photo of the scene at Baltimore’s second Startup Weekend. Writer Amy Dusto spent several months in 2010 and 2011 hanging out with members of Baltimore’s tech community, an experience that informed a thesis she wrote for Johns Hopkins University, as well as an article she wrote about Baltimore’s first civic hackathon with Open Baltimore […]
BmoreTech highlights data-viz projects from SpotCrime, Sickweather, Shea Frederick

Sep. 27, 2012 1:37 pm

BmoreTech highlights data-viz projects from SpotCrime, Sickweather, Shea Frederick

Monday night’s BmoreTech Meetup featured three data visualization experts out to share one message: seeing data points on a map can sometimes be a whole lot more valuable than staring at numbers in a spreadsheet. Sort of the technologists’ equivalent of see the three, be the three.
City CIO Chris Tonjes speaks at TechBreakfast about 911, 311, other city IT initiatives uncategorized

Aug. 30, 2012 10:30 am

City CIO Chris Tonjes speaks at TechBreakfast about 911, 311, other city IT initiatives

Photo by Greg Pearson courtesy of the city’s Mayor’s Office of Information  Technology. “What I personally need is a tiny bit of patience,” said Chris Tonjes while addressing the crowd at Wednesday’s Baltimore TechBreakfast in Mt. Washington. Tonjes, who as of Wednesday had been Baltimore city’s new CIO for 37 days, said that while he’s […]
City CIO Chris Tonjes talks about open data, digital divide initiatives at GBTC’s unWIREd uncategorized

Aug. 28, 2012 10:30 am

City CIO Chris Tonjes talks about open data, digital divide initiatives at GBTC’s unWIREd

Photo credit: Greg Pearson Baltimore appears positioned to take advantage of its open data initiative this year. At least, that was the feeling communicated in the “lightning talk” given by city CIO Chris Tonjes on Friday at this weekend’s unWIREd unconference. “We haven’t stopped our commitment to open data,” Tonjes said. “We just need to […]
Baltimore’s 311 data now displayed on Daily Brief map from Code for America’s 311 Labs uncategorized

Aug. 20, 2012 10:30 am

Baltimore’s 311 data now displayed on Daily Brief map from Code for America’s 311 Labs

Baltimore has become a testing ground for a nascent citizen request initiative, the Daily Brief. Displayed on an online map are Baltimore’s 311 requests, color-coded according to total open cases, cases opened yesterday and cases closed yesterday. All requests can be filtered by neighborhood and service, like downed power lines. The Daily Brief itself is a product […]
Vacant housing data set not accurate says Baltimore Slumlord Watch blogger uncategorized

Aug. 16, 2012 8:30 am

Vacant housing data set not accurate says Baltimore Slumlord Watch blogger

Technically Baltimore reported last week on Elliott Plack’s map of vacant housing in Baltimore city, assembled with the help of Open Baltimore data. According to that data, there are 15,928 vacant buildings in the city. But the Baltimore Slumlord Watch blogger, who goes solely by the name “Carol” and has been keeping tabs on vacant […]
Chris Tonjes: new city CIO on leading with “a startup mentality” [Q&A]

Aug. 10, 2012 11:34 am

Chris Tonjes: new city CIO on leading with “a startup mentality” [Q&A]

Photo credit: Greg Pearson Baltimore didn’t have much luck with its last chief information officer. First Rico Singleton was forced to resign in March following news that New York State was auditing him for questionable deals he made with software security company McAfee while working as deputy chief for New York’s Office of Technology. Then […]
There are 15,928 vacant buildings in Baltimore city [MAP] dev

Aug. 9, 2012 11:00 am

There are 15,928 vacant buildings in Baltimore city [MAP]

Updated 5:28 p.m. 8/10/12: According to U.S. Census Data from 2010, in Baltimore city there are 296,285 housing units, some of which could be in the same property. That figure would not include nonresidential buildings. In the late 1990s, it was estimated that some 40,000 buildings in the city were vacant. By April 2010, that number had […]