In the early days of blogging, the concept of pingbacks became popular. At it’s very most basic, a pingback was an indication that someone had mentioned your blog post in their blog post. And it was a way of better understanding the interrelated Web of content that was the world of blogs — and a great way to discover new content. Now, Portland developer Aaron Parecki has made the activity possible again. For any Web page. With Webmention.Read More
Remember when the City of Portland was a shining example of open data? It can be again
There was a time—not so long ago—when the City of Portland was at the forefront of making civic data transparent and open. And while Portland has stumbled a bit in terms of leading the charge, we now have a very real opportunity to pick our open selves up, dust our data off, and get back in the running. Read More
Anything but cloudy: Cloud Four redesigns their Web presence out in the open
For many companies, redesigning a Web site is something that happens behind closed doors. Where UI and copy and imagery are perfected by a small team, followed by rounds and rounds of revisions, and executive sign off before the big reveal. Well, Portland responsive design shop Cloud Four is turning that notion on its head. Read More
OpenGovWest 2011: Helping our municipalities be more open, transparent, and engaged
Portland, Oregon, has been one of the leaders in opening up its data. But what about those folks who are still considering the ramifications? Enter OpenGovWest.
As you know, there’s been a big movement at the Federal level—and an equally large concern with funding those efforts—for opening up government data, making it more accessible to developers and everyday folks, as well.
But what about at a more local level? Portland, Oregon, has been one of the leaders in opening up its data. And organizations like Code for America are helping governments that are already ready already and raring to go open. But what about those folks who are still considering the ramifications? Enter OpenGovWest. Read More
Facebook in Oregon: Sure there’s Prineville, but did you know there’s the OSU Open Source Lab too?
Facebook is still very interested and supportive of the open source community. A significant contribution to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab just goes to prove that. Introducing Supercell.
[HTML1]When it comes to Facebook and Oregon, the data center in Prineville gets an awful lot of attention. As well it should. Based on reports, it’s changing the town—and potentially the state—for the better.
But where else is Facebook having an effect in Oregon? You might be surprised to learn that for an organization that gets continual press about its market valuation, the Facebook crew is still very interested and supportive of the open source community. (I mean, it is a gigantic PHP app, after all.) And the latest effort—a significant contribution to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab—just goes to prove that. Introducing Supercell. Read More
GovHub: Portland’s open source and open government love child could be destined to help all open government entities
For all the talk of “open data” and “open government,” there are very few centralized resources that help provide folks with a one stop shop for finding information about these resources and entities.
But all of that may change thanks to the efforts of some Portland folks. Introducing GovHub, a new site for open source and open government collaboration. Read More
Crank on Calagator to make sure the Portland tech community stays connected–and other communities stay connected too
But did you know that the whole Calagator goodness is open source? That’s right. Anyone who wants to start a calendar system, slurp events from other hCalendar marked up systems, and make their community a whole heck of a lot more happy, can download Calagator code and build a calendar of their own.
If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on tech events in Portland, then you need look no further than Calagator, the tech calendar for Portland.
But did you know that the whole Calagator goodness is open source? That’s right. Anyone who wants to start a calendar system, slurp events from other hCalendar marked up systems, and make their community a whole heck of a lot more happy, can download Calagator code and build a calendar of their own. Just like Corvalligator. And BendCal. Read More
Doing your civic duty today… or at least your Portland CivicApps duty
Hey you! Yes, you. You app developer type with an interest in Portland’s wide open pile of municipal data. How’s that CivicApps submission coming along?
Really? Oh. Oh, you don’t say? I see. That’s great. You know you have to get it submitted by 5 PM today, right? Read More
TriMet: Extolling the virtues of open data in the Portland, Oregon, transit system
Here in Portland, we’re all about the open data. It’s all about sharing what’s available with the hopes that someone else may be able to do something useful with it, transforming it from pure data into useful information.
One of the earliest proponents of sharing data here in town was TriMet, our public transit system. And now Good has given us the opportunity to hear from some of the people who champion that open data mindset, every day. Read More
Psst! Hey buddy! Want to hack on a little open municipal data from Portland?
So, as you may have heard, the City of Portland has opened up their data to outside developers. And they’ve been running the CivicApps contest to encourage participation. As part of that effort, they had planned to hold a hackathon—CiviCode Day—this weekend. But those plans changed.
Now you know as well as I do that you don’t want to get a bunch of developers all riled up to code and then pull the rug out from under them. I mean, you’re courting mutiny or anarchy or some other -y kind of word. And that’s why they’re going to be hacking anyway. Unofficially of course. Read More