"Code for America" entries

Four short links: 3 October 2012

Four short links: 3 October 2012

Military Open Source, State of Internet, Visualizing Budgets, and Hacking Your iDevice

  1. Mil-OSS 4 — 4th military open source software working group conference, in Rosslyn VA. Oct 15-17. Tutorials and sessions will cover: Linux, Geospatial, LiDAR, Drupal, cloud, OSS policy and law, Android and many other topics. The last day will have a 1/2 day unconference for up-and-coming issues.
  2. State of Internet Slides (Business Insider) — Apple could buy Disney using cash at hand. Boggle. This presentation has plenty of numbers for those who like them.
  3. See Penny Work — an open source (GPLv2) toolkit for budget visualizations, from Code For America. (via Tim O’Reilly)
  4. libimobiledevice — LGPLed open source library which talks the protocols to support iPhone®, iPod Touch®, iPad® and Apple TV® devices. Unlike other projects, it does not depend on using any existing proprietary libraries and does not require jailbreaking. It allows other software to easily access the device’s filesystem, retrieve information about the device and it’s internals, backup/restore the device, manage SpringBoard® icons, manage installed applications, retrieve addressbook/calendars/notes and bookmarks and (using libgpod) synchronize music and video to the device. Runs on Linux, OS X, and Windows.

App outreach and sustainability: lessons learned by Portland, Oregon

The big problems faced by contests and challenges in government apps are encouraging developers to turn their cool apps into sustainable products, and getting the public to use them.

Civic innovation organizations to watch in 2011

From Code for America to OpenGovernment.org, 2011 could be transformative for open government.

The growth of citizen engagement platforms in 2010 will continue in 2011. Here's a look at four organizations that will play important roles.

Better government through code

Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka wants to empower developers to become civic coders

The new non-profit Code for America teams cities and developers to create civic-minded web and mobile applications. Founder Jennifer Pahlka, who extended the innovative volunteerism of Teach for America toward software developers with this new organization, discusses Code for America and its mission in the following interview.