Tag: new york city

by Gail Robinson

It’s been a month since Gotham Gazette launched its Councilpedia project to monitor city elected officials and track money in local politics. (To read our earlier entry on Councilpedia, go here.) In those weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what people like and don’t like about the service. This information will help us improve what [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Barely two decades into the digital age, we take online media for granted. So much is so easy and convenient — at our fingertips — that we can forget technology can only do so much. Then we come up with a great idea that leaves us with the challenge of how to successfully push the [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

As Gotham Gazette gears up to launch a pilot version of its Knight-funded Councilpedia project, we are confronting a number of interesting issues. To step back first, though, Councilpedia will provide information about New York’s 51 City Council members and two citywide elected officials, including their campaign finance information, the bills they introduced, and the [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Gotham Gazette, our website about New York City policy and politics, unveiled its redesign recently. (Please take a look and let me know what you think by emailing grobinson at gothamgazette.com). For our readers, we hope the redesign will create a more useful publication by making it easier for visitors to find information about New [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

I’ve already voiced my own suspicion that New York City’s Big Apps competition is a deft end-run on an actual open data bill in New York City. Nonetheless, some 85 applications built on the city’s currently public data sets are available now to explore and vote on through early January. They include a handful of [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Our latest (and last, for now) news game, Switch, is live. It is no Energyville but we think it is pretty awesome. Not only is it live, the source code and installation instructions are already available. With gadgets guzzling evermore energy, New York City faces a looming energy gap. New Yorkers will have to cut [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Gotham Gazette released our fourth game in our Knight-funded game series this week. Bump, which revisits the maze theme from our Budget Maze sends players through a whole new labyrinth: ballot access. If you can’t imagine how ballot access is even remotely interesting, I suggest playing the game! Seriously: we knew we wanted to do [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

I was pretty sad when Radio Open Source went off the air, because I thought they were tugging at the loose threads of something interesting, and they never got to properly unravel it. Breaking news and reporters getting leads from the short message service Twitter are interesting phenomena but I don’t think they can create [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Today, Gotham Gazette unveils the second of its news games: The Budget Maze. With challenges and a dash of humor, the game presents an entertaining way to educate New Yorkers about one of the eternal mysteries of policy and politics in the city: How the budget is determined. To make the topic engaging, we created [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

A few weeks ago, I asked a question that I’m still chewing on: what good is all this data ? Sitting the programmers down with reporters is a great advance over abandoning them to some cold dark dungeon, but I think we’ve got a ways to go to come up with really smart uses of [...] more »