Civic

Fighting fire fatalities with data in Allegheny County

Sep. 6, 2018 2:31 pm

Fighting fire fatalities with data in Allegheny County

In 2016 alone, 22 residents died in fires. Here's how CountyStat created a picture of the houses most at risk for being without working smoke detectors — and plans to act on it to save lives.
Why this Pitt humanities prof incorporates data lessons into his media classes

Aug. 29, 2018 3:34 pm

Why this Pitt humanities prof incorporates data lessons into his media classes

Matthew Lavin on teaching non-technologist college students to use open data: "A humanities mind wants to start seeing the code as something they can engage with not just a stream of letters and numbers happening in the background that they can't touch."
The latest iteration of Code for Pittsburgh is building a more collaborative community of civic technologists

Aug. 15, 2018 3:11 pm

The latest iteration of Code for Pittsburgh is building a more collaborative community of civic technologists

The local Code for America brigade is celebrating National Day of Civic Hacking by crowdsourcing web mapping services for disaster response. Here's how the group has changed since its 2014 founding.
WPRDC’s summer interns are both writers, not technologists — or are they?

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

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

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

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

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

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.”
Curious about Pittsburgh’s tech scene? This newsletter is for you

Jun. 28, 2018 12:14 pm

Curious about Pittsburgh’s tech scene? This newsletter is for you

Open Data PGH is our new editorial project covering civic tech at the other end of the state. Here's how to keep up.

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