Via Tides Center


To create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block

With this project, Adrian Holovaty will create 10 city-specific web sites devoted to public records and hyper-local information.

They will include the Knight cities of Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose and Charlotte.

The sites will allow users learn more about life around them. When they type in their address, they will get a page filled with information relevant to that address, including government records, news stories and community discussions. The first five city sites will launch by June 30, 2008. Holovaty will blog and speak at conferences about the process of creating the city databases.

Project Team

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