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What will be the next public participation technology? Here's one possibility… wireless laptops with electronic ink capability (and built in hand generators to boot!). All packaged to cost less than today's keypad polling devices. Way cool! 1. http://laptop.media.mit.edu/ 2. http://news.com.com/2300-1044_3-5884639-3.html Too bad they're not for sale, but I'm sure others will follow. Blog Post
Nov 17, 2005   By Ken Snyder
Just to keep everyone updated on the continuing development of Wi-Fi, Muni-wireless released a new report on the state of the Wi-Fi market. The long and short of it is the market is expanding rapidly with just about every city looking to get in on the action. On the flip side, the Philadelphia Inquirer last weekend ran a story about the uncertain future of wireless as a city-led initiative. Blog Post
Nov 16, 2005   By Scott Page
Clark Kelso, California's Chief Information Officer, was kind enough to respond to my recent post, California Updates State IT Strategic Plan, commenting on the state's new strategic plan and what I perceived to be a lack of focus on making technology accessible to people with disabilities. Clark writes:...I am pleased to see that our planning activities are being followed so closely in the trade press. The last paragraph in your article suggests we may not be paying sufficient attention to Section 508 issues in our web developments. Blog Post
Oct 26, 2005   By Chris Steins
So we're hiring for two new positions at Urban Insight (the company that supports Planetizen). We're hiring a Web Designer/Developer (with preference given to candidates with backgrounds in planning), and a Web Developer / Programmer. I published the job announcements to several lists and also on a few online services that I've had success with in the past. I've received a fair number of responses, and, thank goodness, and several highly-qualified candidates (although not so many with backgrounds in planning/architecture/urban esign). Blog Post
Oct 19, 2005   By Chris Steins
While not strictly relevant to planning, it's always interesting to compare plans prepared by planners with plans prepared by other branches of government, in this case the California CIO and the IT Council Strategic Plan Committee have prepared the new California State Information Technology Strategic Plan (PDF, 220KB) The plan lists six impressive strategic goals:Make Government services more accessible to citizens and State clients. Blog Post
Oct 18, 2005   By Chris Steins
Abhijeet presented last week at the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEC) 2005 San Diego Regional Conference on open source content management frameworks for building websites for nonprofit. He published his fabulous presentation online under a creative commons license:Building Websites For Nonprofits With Open Source Content Management Frameworks He really knows what he's presenting on, since much of his presentation is based on his hands-on experience with a massive project we just completed here at Urban Insight. Blog Post
Oct 3, 2005   By Chris Steins
When recently working in a distressed community in Philadelphia, we were thinking of the best ways to communicate what we were planning for the area and guide residents toward local resources that exist but are rarely used. As a cost effective solution, we worked with the Klip Collective to implement a video installation within a vacant storefront. The installation runs every evening. Besides providing some valuable information, we used the installation to instill some street activity along what was once an active commercial corridor. Blog Post
Sep 23, 2005   By Scott Page
Open source is not just about lowering costs. It's about staying in control of your own data. For governments, it is important to specify open file formats for storing public data. Eric Kriss, Massachussets' secretary of administration and finance asks an important question about long-term archiving of public documents created with Microsoft Office. "Will those documents still be legible 10 years from now, or in 50?" The state of Massachusetts has given some thought to that question and is taking action. Blog Post
Sep 22, 2005   By Abhijeet Chavan
…here comes Joomla. There was a lot of uncertainty about the future of the Content Management System Mambo over the past months. Finally the Developers now left Mambo and started Joomla. As this article in eWeek points out, "the original owners [Miro], wanted to regain control of the project. The developers, realizing that they were being cut out of executive management, decided to take the code and run…” The outcomes might describe the state of open source today. Blog Post
Sep 22, 2005   By Ken Snyder
Joel Garreau weighed in yesterday on whether New Orleans should (or can) be rebuilt. He's always smart and readable; if you haven't read Edge City you should go get it. It's a brilliant, well-reported take on urban theory and how cities are changing. Anyway, here Blog Post
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