The goal of the Miami-Dade GIS geoJSON project is to help local developers new to building web based maps for Miami-Dade to easily get local shapefiles and use them in their projects. The GIS files available on the county websites have been converted to a geoJSON format which can be used in other modern web developer tools such as CartoDB and others. (To see GeoJSON at work, look at this example of all county libraries, in a geoJSON format directly inside Github.)
The Miami version of this project is inspired from a similar project from Portland: https://github.com/Caged/portland-atlas.
If you have issues displaying map, use the geoJSON Linter to test your data.
Our recent hackpad notes: (Hackpad)[http://projects.codeformiami.org/projects/miami_dade_gis_geojson]
"The first step in making data actionable is to make sure the data is easily accessible. Many cities, whether they have an open data policy in place or not, have work to do in terms of making datasets open and available online. Do an evaluation of where Miami stands on releasing our landscape of datasets openly and work with your municipal partners to come up with a plan for making all of them open and available in 2014."
THE PROBLEM: For our city or county to create an Open Data Policy, it will help to get as much grassroots support possible from its citizens as possible.
WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING: Let's create an information/brochure website that can help folks understand 1) what open data is (why isn't it the same as the county releasing a bunch of PDFs?) and 2) how open data will benefit us in the day to day lives (because yes, it totally will.) There should also be a call to action for folks to enter their name, e-mail and zip code so they can get information down the line [for voting petitions and what not]
Right now we need:
A person can, of course, own multiple roles if necessary.
Miami-Dade County mayor, Carlos Gimenez, will be making a Twitter appearance Wednesday to answer questions about his new budget proposal. These proposals will be voted on later in the year. Unfortunately, his proposals are bound (figuratively) in very large PDF files, which are intimidating to the average — and busy — Miami citizen.
This project aims to portray this data in an easily readable format. Whether or not we succeed, it will all be over by Wednesday. No pressure.
Repository of Crime Reports generated by Miami Dade police, by location/Month
Since we were given a subset of raw permitting data from Miami-Dade County, build a RESTful API interface out of this. The Permits API is an open source module written with Apigility and Zend Framework 2. The API output is formatted in JSON.
Socrata is a company that provides social data discovery services for opening government data. They have graciously provided us with an instance of an open data portal.