The pair built the visualization, which shows the District’s 2014 budget and proposed 2015 budget, at this month’s EdTech Hackathon with budget data the District released ahead of the event. District representatives said they hoped technologists would use the data to build tools that could increase transparency by making the budget easier to understand.
Alfano, part of the Jarvus dev firm, is the co-captain of Code for Philly, the local Code for America civic hacking group, and Ancona is the assistant director of the Corzo Center at University of the Arts.
The project is beautiful but needs lots of context — like how debt financing compares with other big city school districts or what the $188 million going toward ‘secondary education’ means exactly. For those with some understanding of big budget institutions, it’ll be fascinating.-30-
What is open science?
With backing from Capital One, this startup is working on an edtech platform for refugees
Catch OwlHacks, a 12-hour hackathon by and for college students, this weekend
Why Deacom’s team prioritizes collaboration and continuous improvement
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation gets $100K to ease access to childhood cancer data
Students at West Chester U will join a global hackathon backed by Microsoft and Github
Breaking: Philadelphia is restructuring its Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation
Engineers have Vistar Media’s Philly office all to themselves
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia