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WPRDC’s summer interns are both writers, not technologists — or are they? civic

Aug. 8, 2018 4:34 pm

WPRDC’s summer interns are both writers, not technologists — or are they?

"A lot of people think the humanities and technical-related stuff are on two different ends of the spectrum but it’s really not true," said one of the two English majors working at Pittsburgh's open data hub.
Why Pittsburgh’s Innovation and Performance team takes an open-source approach to open data civic

Aug. 1, 2018 10:31 am

Why Pittsburgh’s Innovation and Performance team takes an open-source approach to open data

Senior Digital Services Analyst Tara Matthews on the city department's commitment to democratizing the outcomes of its work.
A native son returns to Wilkinsburg to collect data for its future civic

Jul. 26, 2018 9:38 am

A native son returns to Wilkinsburg to collect data for its future

As the David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Andre Perry is researching the differences in public fiscal commitments between majority-black cities like Wilkinsburg and majority-white cities.
How Pittsburgh changed after a 2016 cybersecurity report said it wasn’t prepared for an attack civic

Jul. 18, 2018 7:48 am

How Pittsburgh changed after a 2016 cybersecurity report said it wasn’t prepared for an attack

Here's what Open Data PGH partner PublicSource found when it investigated how the city responded to the Deloitte Consulting report. (Hint: Staffers are keeping tight-lipped.)
Art as civic data science: Q&A with Pittsburgh painter Ashley Cecil civic

Jul. 11, 2018 1:30 pm

Art as civic data science: Q&A with Pittsburgh painter Ashley Cecil

Her latest exhibit, Edged Out, includes works that visualizes scientific research as it pertains to amphibian conservation efforts and their ecology. Think of it as data viz for the art world.
How to consider the unintended consequences of civic data use civic

Jul. 5, 2018 9:54 am

How to consider the unintended consequences of civic data use

Context matters, as does an awareness of structural racism and inequity. And remember: “Just because you can do something with data doesn’t always mean you should do it.”
I’m a public librarian. This is why I’m also a civic-tech advocate civic

Jun. 27, 2018 1:21 pm

I’m a public librarian. This is why I’m also a civic-tech advocate

"When I talk about open data, I talk about opportunity and agency — the opportunity to investigate and the agency to disrupt," writes Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Tess Wilson. "And this becomes especially vital when we consider who the public library serves."
3 big tech ideas from the third annual TEDxPittsburgh civic

Jun. 20, 2018 1:05 pm

3 big tech ideas from the third annual TEDxPittsburgh

Presenters shared ideas on the impact of cyberbullying, the humanity needed in autonomous vehicle development and using AI to help prevent opioid relapses.
Pittsburgh’s UpPrize just funded these 3 idea-stage startups for social good civic

Jun. 13, 2018 1:30 pm

Pittsburgh’s UpPrize just funded these 3 idea-stage startups for social good

The competition that connects technologists with communities in need announced its 2018 Great Ideas winners, which are trying to solve problems relating to nonprofit measurement, blight and language access.
We’re on the cusp of a civic data surge civic

Jun. 6, 2018 12:50 pm

We’re on the cusp of a civic data surge

Ascender Innovation Director Kenny Chen's dispatch from the UN’s 2018 AI for Good Global Summit: The development of a global Data Commons framework is "an exciting prospect for any civic coder or supporter of open data initiatives."

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