Applying Government Data

Thursday, January 07, 2010

New York City has opened up much of its government data for developers to create mobile phone applications in the Big Apps Contest. Voting for the contest ends today, and Brandon Kessler of ChallengePost discusses some of the submissions and why more and more cities are making their data available.


Brandon Kessler

Comments [4]

Bill Camper from Oroville CA

I vote for Trees Near You. My grand-nephew, Brett Camper, developed this iPhone application! I'm very proud of him!
Bill Camper

Jan. 08 2010 05:14 PM
Tim Murry from New York

@frank soriano - I totally agree. Internet search is simply one of the tools in a potential reader's tool box. Nothing replaces the in-depth knowledge and natural problem solving ability that a human can bring. And in these tough times as well as good ones, the NYPL is an extremely valuable for people in our city. We hope to continue to work with the NYPL and add value to what they have to offer. It's all about being a NYC citizen and giving back!

Jan. 07 2010 04:17 PM
frank soriano from morristown, nj

As a recently retired librarian I want to plug an endangered species: librarians. Unlike the stereotype, librarians have not only embraced the Internet, they have honed their skills in searching to a point well beyond most users and even the capabilities of the apps discussed e.g. mining the hidden Net not accessible to search engines. As with Google, the apps are a convenience; there is more out there than they can find. Many of the info. examples discussed are available. Successful online searching depends more on background, a broad education, vocabulary, and current awareness than tech savvy. I have found things for many patrons after they were willing to settle for what they found on their own. Like watching a dog walking on its hind legs, people are surprised not that librarians do what they do well, but that we do it at all.
Libraries are more than havens in tough times. I would like to hear you discuss what I have said. It would be a revelation to many as it is to first time library users.

Jan. 07 2010 12:10 PM
Chris from Yonkers

Is there a bike app for Westchester / Yonkers like that!? That would be fabulous!

Jan. 07 2010 11:39 AM

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