Ohana API

Code for America Labs, Inc.

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01/14/14 to 08/13/15
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Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

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To extend and publicly launch Ohana API, a tool for organizing and publishing databases of social services available in a particular community.

Launched in beta in San Mateo County, Calif., this Code for America project connects the public with community resources through one centralized database. Need help paying for food, finding affordable healthcare or connecting with a social worker? Ohana, an open source project functioning much like a 2-1-1 service, can help people locate the services they need, display them on a map and make them easily printable. This database unites information on health, human and social services that are often kept in separate silos, making localized results difficult to find. Exposing the data through a web API, the tool allows users to quickly access targeted community information through applications like search engines, smart phones, or SMS. With challenge funding, Ohana will enhance its service to build and host an easy-to-implement tool.

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Sophia Parafina

2013 Fellow at Code for America

Sophia is a 2013 Code for America Fellow. She is a Geographer, which means she thinks about space, business, and money. When not thinking about space, business or money, she works on munging and liberating data, and spends a fair amount of time hanging out at charreadas.

Previously, she was Director of Operations at OpenGeo and a Adjunct Professor at Hunter College.

Before joining OpenGeo, she was a founder and CTO of IONIC Enterprise (acquired by Erdas) and Senior Program Manager for In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital fund.

Way back when, she worked for transportation and environmental engineering firms building geospatial infrastructure for LAX, TxDOT, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

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