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A mobile dashboard application that visualizes Open311 requests for every Open311 endpoint currently in existence.
The dashboard doesn’t aim to overwhelm the user with information, but provide the user with the most pertinent information available — endpoints ordered by nearest location, simple graphs of incoming Open311 service requests, and health indicator statuses for server response times.
City managers and citizens that wish to see relevant information about their city’s Open311 server at a glance.
I’ve been with Code for America since June of 2011 (first as an intern, and this year as a fellow), so I feel I have great connections with those working in the Gov 2.0 space. Also, having worked with the city of Macon, Georgia this past year, I have been in contact with their Open311 provider, SeeClickFix.
During February residency in Macon, I built the open-source Open311 Python library Three and have been improving upon it since. I also loved Ben Sheldon’s take on what Open311 health status updates could look like, so I currently have a rough iOS prototype based off of that.
I’d love for the Open311 standard to spread to more cities, and for one reason behind that growth to be a smart, well-designed app that provides relevant Open311 information to the user at a glance. My favorite civic application is Routesy, so I intend for the mobile dashboard to be the Open311 equivalent to what Routesy has done with GTFS.
The ability to travel to cities currently using Open311 and iterate upon it’s design/feature set with those citizens and local government employees that are most likely to be the application’s initial user base.
Please list who is on your team: Zach Williams
Expected number of months to complete project: 12
Estimated Project Cost: $78,000
Name: Zach Williams
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]:
City: San Francisco, CA
How did you learn about the contest? Code for America