Love Lewisham: Using technology for clean streets

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in stories | No Comments
Love Lewisham: Using technology for clean streets

The first things you see when you walk into Nigel Tyrell’s office are the big press clippings for the app he created, and the shelves full of coding books. Then you spot the big photograph of a Lewisham Council dustcart and remember he’s not a full-time programmer – but the head of the London borough’s […]

VoXup: Linking councillors with their communities

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in stories | No Comments
VoXup: Linking councillors with their communities

Does your street feel safe? Would you like to change something in your neighbourhood? Is there enough for young people to do? All basic questions, but how many local councillors have the time to put these issues to their constituents? A new web app aims to make it easier for councillors and council officers to […]

See Something, Say Something: The app that fights transport crime

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in stories | No Comments
See Something, Say Something: The app that fights transport crime

Dealing with anti-social behaviour on buses and trains is a tough problem – but the West Midlands’ transport network is using a smartphone app so the public can act as its eyes and ears. See Something, Say Something is offered by Centro, which co-ordinates the region’s bus, rail and tram services. It allows passengers to […]

Herefordshire’s pothole map: Taking council data on the road

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in stories | No Comments
Herefordshire’s pothole map: Taking council data on the road

Potholes are a major problem for councils – and road users often don’t find out about them until it’s too late. Herefordshire Council’s opened up how it deals with this headache. It’s started displaying reported potholes on a map, with details of whether or not they’ve been fixed by the council. “We had a huge pothole […]

Helsinki Infoshare: How a capital city was opened up

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Helsinki Infoshare: How a capital city was opened up

Speak to anybody involved in opening up government data, and it won’t be long before they praise what’s happening in Finland – particularly in the capital city of Helsinki. One initiative sees papers for government and city meetings made available through open data so citizens can use apps to keep tabs on what’s being discussed, […]

Edinburgh Scrapbook: Sharing memories with open data

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in stories | No Comments
Edinburgh Scrapbook: Sharing memories with open data

A Code for Europe project is developing a web app to help people share memories of their home town. Edinburgh Scrapbook, which is due for release in early 2015, will allow people to upload photos and text about their memories of life in the Scottish capital. The open data project has been developed by Alan Gardner, a Code […]

Code for Poland: Starting civic technology from scratch

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in stories | No Comments
Code for Poland: Starting civic technology from scratch

Volunteer coders and designers are taking inspiration from the USA to push the cause of civic technology in Poland. Code for Poland, which has been running for a year, has adopted the model of volunteer “brigades”, who are working to create local tools for Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Lodz and Gdansk. The brigades are based on […]

Clacks Kids: Giving rural families a helping hand

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in stories | No Comments

Most talk about civic technology focuses on what it can do for cities. But that neglects its possibilities for bringing countryside communities together. A Code for Europe project is reusing open source software to help parents access vital children’s services in a rural area of Scotland. Clackmannanshire is Scotland’s smallest council area, with 50,000 residents. […]

FixBCN: Cleaning up Barcelona with open source

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in stories | No Comments
FixBCN: Cleaning up Barcelona with open source

Barcelona’s citizens will soon have a simpler and more efficient way of reporting street issues, thanks to a Code for Europe project to bring open source software to the city’s services. FixBCN is being created for the Catalan capital by ?lhan Ad?yaman, a Code for Europe fellow placed at Barcelona’s city council. It’s based around the Open 311 system used […]

Change By Us: Born in the US, reused in Amsterdam

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in stories | No Comments
Change By Us: Born in the US, reused in Amsterdam

It’s already being used in New York to help citizens take action on issues they care about. Now the Change By Us web app is on its way to Amsterdam, thanks to a Code for Europe project. Change By Us allows users to post ideas on how they would improve their city. They are then directed […]