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3 technologists’ hopes for a more open Pittsburgh civic

Oct. 18, 2018 5:54 pm

3 technologists’ hopes for a more open Pittsburgh

What's next for civic tech in the region? Trustworthiness as a goal, looking to models in other cities and above all, accessibility.
How to build a civic tech community, according to Pittsburgh leaders civic

Oct. 10, 2018 5:46 pm

How to build a civic tech community, according to Pittsburgh leaders

Plus, you gotta read Open Data PGH event attendees' responses to prompts such as "I wish civic tech could be more ..." and "The future of civic tech is ..."
5 ways Pittsburgh’s public servants are using human-centered design civic

Oct. 2, 2018 7:32 pm

5 ways Pittsburgh’s public servants are using human-centered design

User research and human-centered design consultant Robert Burack writes about how the City, County and their partners are using innovative methods to elevate services, improve internal performance and make local government more transparent.
7 reasons you should attend Open Data PGH’s Future of Pittsburgh Civic Tech event civic

Sep. 26, 2018 5:12 pm

7 reasons you should attend Open Data PGH’s Future of Pittsburgh Civic Tech event

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, we're hosting a series of lightning talks from seven technologists, city staffers, community conveners and more. Whether you'e actively involved in this world or looking for an entry point, this event is for you.
Fighting fire fatalities with data in Allegheny County civic

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

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? 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 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.”

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