At the November Seattle Community Technology Advisory Board meeting, the Board approved these comments to be submitted to the City Council concerning the Comcast franchise renewal.
Help guide Seattle’s digital future.
The City of Seattle is looking for volunteers to join the Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB). We welcome diversity. You do not need to be a techie to care about Seattle’s digital future. The 10-member board and its committees help guide city strategies and investments in information and communication technology. We are currently looking to fill at least 3 positions. This a great experience and a chance to learn a lot about government, information and communication technology, new trends and new tech…and help make a difference. See more at www.seattle.gov/ctab.
Applications are being accepted through December 4, 2015. Apply by sending a letter of interest and resume in either Word or PDF to CommunityTechnology@seattle.gov. Must live or work in the City of Seattle. For questions or more information, email email@example.com or call Vicky Yuki at 206-233-7877.
E-Government Committee Meeting
October 27, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
320 Westlake Ave. Seattle
– Joneil Sampana, CTAB – E-Gov Committee Chair
– Bruce Blood, City of Seattle Open Data
– Shelly Farnham, Third Place Technology
– Usman Anwer, Microsoft Windows Group
– Heather Lewis, Comotion; U of W
– Greta., Seattle Resident
– Michael Mattmiller, City of Seattle
– Dan Moulton, Lattice Mentoring
– Charlotte Lunday. UW School of Law
– Bill Howe, UW eScience
1) New Civic Tools –
a) King County Video Voters Guide
b) Living Voters Guide
c) Drive – Rich Urban Planning (url to be provided)
d) Public Garage or Parking Lot includes e-Park open data set
2) Old Business Projects
a. Pay-By-Phone data review
i. Quick data recap from Usman: Great sources of data; however more information about the context of the data is needed for citizen and developer use.
ii. Dan shared the Public Garage or Parking Lot open data set.
iii. Heather provided Human Centered Design Seattle Parking Meter Study to share with committee and recent (Sept 17) Seattle Times article.
b. City of Seattle – White House Smart City Initiative with Urban@UW
i. Michael Mattmiller and Bill Howe introduce “MetroLab” project to start in March/April
ii. Sensors being provided by Array of Things
iii. Scope of project will include “consider what we can do with the data collected to improve citizen’s quality of life.
iv. Urban@UW is kicking off a community collaboration on Thursday
v. EGov workstream will be determined after Urban@UW discussion – possible Tech Et Cetera concept
vi. Keen to make sure citizen-perspective (qualitative and contextual) is included alongside quantitative data sets
1. Bill Howe references I Quant NY tool
3) Specific needs from the community?
a) New Framework for IT Capacity Building with emphasis on diversity – Dan M.
b) OneBusAway tool needs further development – Greta.
i) Development on tool has been limited over the past years
ii) Revisiting accuracy of data sources may be required
(1) Request to connect to with Sound Transit, who maintains this data set
4) New Business
a) Open Data Visualization Internship Program to be extended with City of Seattle
i) Bruce confirms Open Data interest for 2016 summer session
ii) Heather confirms that she can promote the program with UW MBA students
1) Upcoming Community Events
b) 11/3 – Free Election Night Watch Party @ Public Room
c) 11/4 – Kenmore Hack Night
d) 11/5 – Open Seattle Orientation
e) 11/6 – Social Justice Hackathon @ Seattle U
f) 11/10 – City of Seattle CTAB monthly meeting
g) 11/17 – Learn, Make & Share at Open Project Night
h) 11/24 – Month eGov Committee Meeting
Action Items and Decisions/Agreements:
1) Shelly to provide Drive URL
2) Joneil to connect Usman and MaryCatherine from SDOT.
3) Michael Mattmiller to connect with Seattle Transit CIO on bus data accuracy.
4) Usman and Greta to help with EGov minutes prep for on-going meetings.
2015 Work Plan: Identify digital tools to encourage citizen engagement; Recommend solutions to improve intra-department efficiencies for improved civic engagement; Promote collaborative partnerships across the tech and education sector for citizen and youth engagement.
Our work will align with City of Seattle’s Digital Equity goals, more specifically –
• Goal 2 – Skills Training: Create and deliver educational opportunities for all residents to gain the technology skills necessary to be successful in employment, entrepreneurship and technology leadership, in lifelong learning, in civic engagement, and in the use of essential online services.
• Goal 5 – Build community capacity: Build the capacity and sustainability of digital equity program providers to deliver quality services, to implement best practices and to adapt to emerging technologies.
• Goal 6 – Inclusive engagement and empowerment: Develop digital tools and the use of tools to maximize diverse, inclusive civic engagement, sense of community, and participation in decision making.
For complete the report, please see – Digital Equity Initiative Action Plan