Highlighting the civic projects, datasets, resources and people that make Madison better.
Adopt-a-hydrant is an open-source project built and shared by Code for America. It encourages citizen engagement by letting individuals sign up as a caregiver for a fire hydrant when the snow storms hit. This Rails app has been customized and deployed here in Madison.
An extension to the original SMS application, this unofficial API provides a web services wrapper around the Metro's transit data to enabled organizations to build their own Madison transit applications. Access:'
This is awesome collection of web tools and APIs from Chris Keller. The services provide access to police and fire details from around Madison.
An open source mapping tool to gather crowd sourced public input.
Have an idea for crowd sourcing a location/mapping issue?
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The Madison Metro provides downloadable access to stop and route data in GTFS format. It is the official data set of the Metro transit system.
The unofficial transit API available through the SMSMyBus project offers a programmable, web services interface to this data and more including real-time arrival data for stops throughout the city.
The number and breadth of tools and resources available to technologists is what makes all of this work possible. We've taken advantage of a number of open source projects, hosted solutions and APIs to build these apps. These tools also enable us to stay better connected. Please join the conversation.
Find our open source projects on the HackingMadison Github page
Platforms as a Service (PaaS) offer awesome opportunities to drive the hosting cost of many projects to zero. Take advantage of it!
Code for America is a game changing organization that has the bold mission of networking cities, developers and startups to help make governments work better.
In addition to their fellowship program, their crack team of fellows share all kinds of great projects we could be deploying here in Madison. That is precisely where the Adopt-a-hydrant app came from.
Madison is filled with talented people that volunteer in all sorts of great ways. This group has given their time, energy and expertise to build some of these great projects for Madison and help move the dialog along to encourage the city to open up more data and be more accessible for its citizens. Join us!