Spike
Data geek, geospatial analyst, social justice researcher, web dev, opendata advocate, opengovernment supporter, new dad, almost-citizen
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There definitely is a big role for foundations to help support this, but it's also something the city pumps huge amounts of money into- ie the nonprofit sector, mostly service providers. Having a fund to help support them making better tech decisions and using technology to make them operate more efficiently and openly is a useful way to strengthen our city.

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Posted Aug 2, 2012
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We just got approached by these guys wanting us to consider supporting this system for an Oakland buildout: www.nolayouthmap.org/resources
Has some interesting review pieces getting built in, community driven data collection. Focused on youth though.

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Posted Jul 31, 2012
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We always disaggregate by race and gender yeah. It's almost never published that way officially, which is why we do so much work on getting the raw data to split it the way people really need it! Like out African American Male Achievement work for example: www.urbanstrategies.org/aamai we do include some juvenile incarceration data for Oakland's black male youth in the On Track to graduate report. And have had requests from other groups for different ethinicity splits, but no funding to dig deeper...

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Posted Jul 31, 2012
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There are a couple of sources, but someone has published it here: geocommons.com/overlays/159560
Geocommons is free- you can download a table or a shapefile of the data if you can map it.

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Posted Jul 31, 2012
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The DA currently guards 'her' data very closely. There are two arcane data systems called CRIMS and CORPUS, think ASA400 at best, that manage this information. The county ITD folks who manage it are actually quite good and friendly, but it's considered highly sensitive info. Somewhat truthfully, somewhat wrongly. OPD does have a kinda ok database of all reports, which is linked to arrests also. From there it's a dif system with barely any links back to OPD. We've received juvenile incarceration data once only for all kinds of detention/incarceration. Messy but useful.
Conviction rates are crazily low in Oak, crime clearances are sooo fricking low. More reason people need access to this info!
We can do limited runs on the juve data but there's nothing we're allowed to release in raw form.

Love to talk with folks about what is needed and how to support this!

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Posted Jul 31, 2012
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Spike

Brilliant. Too many new ideas and approaches never happen because nonprofits are starved for cash, so innovation is hard! Taking local ideas and supporting them is critical- also it's part of what we're doing with the OpenOakland Brigade!

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Posted Jul 18, 2012
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We used to publish all our crime analysis including hot spot maps when we worked with the OPD- past maps etc are online here:
www.infoalamedacounty.org/inde...

We also have a data feed that connects to an Excel file that lets you chart trends etc by police beats. Contact us if you'd like to check it out!

I think this would be an awesome app- neighborhood level crime stats and trends!
steves@urbanstrategies.org

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Posted Jul 18, 2012
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Spike

You can now! The county just released this new data:
data.acgov.org/Government/Alam...

You can search for restaurant names too ;-) Check out the Taco Belle in Emeryville- ewww

This would be a great dataset to build a new app from!

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Posted Jul 18, 2012
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YES! In Oakland there are two totally different kindergarten assessment tools in use- and we can't compare the two results. Something like the EDI would be powerful for our city- check out the Early Development Index- there is some talk of bringing this to Oakland

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Posted Jul 18, 2012
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