DHMN Civic Hackathon/Appleton 2015" will likely be working on civic hacks that don't involve open data sets from the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. But we do hope to have some developers and other civic hackers using the open data that's available for Appleton. As far as I know, the main (only?) open data from Appleton is the GIS data linked from the Appleton GIS Department's webpage:
- City Parcels -- City parcel polygons with owner and assessment information
- Address Points -- Address points layer. An attempt was made to collect every known address within the City, to include unit/apartment number and parcel number. Each point is located on the structure containing the address
- City Limits -- City corporate limits polygon
- Street Centerlines -- Street centerline line layer attributed with address ranges and known speed limits
- GTFS -- General Transit Feed Specification
If you know of any other open data sets from Appleton, please send Bob Waldron links to that data, bwaldron (at) gmail [dott] com.
As far as I know, Appleton doesn't have any formal policy regarding open data. Most cities in the US don't have an open data policy. Yet. Madison, WI, didn't used to have an open data policy either, but in 2012 they were one of the first cities in the country to formally adopt an open data ordinance, as described in "Soglin, others hail Madison's new open data policy" and "We Talk With Madison City Councilman Scott Resnick About Open Data." As the second article above explains,
"Resnick wrote the legislation for Madison to open up their public data so that developers could develop apps around it. Resnick said that any record that can be requested by open record requests can be available via open data. Once he was able to get the data opened Madison went to work holding a Startup Weekend event to develop startups and apps surrounded by the data...Resnick is hoping the next step for Madison is to allow city API’s to go from “pushing the data to pulling the data”. When that’s available entrepreneurs will be able to create apps and startups for things like reporting a problem to a city."Madison open data webpage. And here are more links if you're interested in what open data some other US cities provide:
Open Data Policies in State and Local Government" gives a pretty good look at government open data in the US.
Regarding the three counties in which Appleton is located, they appear to be in pretty much the same situation as the city -- not much in the way of open data. Another opportunity.
The US federal government has an official policy of encouraging open data in government, as discussed at Project Open Data and on the post "U.S. Federal Open Data Policy." The central US federal open data website is Data.gov.
If you'd like to work on civic hacks with others using Appleton open data, consider participating in our civic hackathon on June 6, 2015. (Although I encourage you to start learning more about civic hacking and playing with open data before June 6.)
If you're not already registered for the DHMN Civic Hackathon/Appleton 2015, please consider doing so TODAY...