Hennepin County is hosting its first open data event!

Community, Geography, and Technology. The Hennepin County Geo:Code event will connect geographers and technology developers with civically minded community members, to collaborate on the use of technology and data to effect change for good. Hennepin County will provide data and support. Geographers and developers will provide data and technology expertise, and civically minded community members will provide the ideas and inspiration. This event will focus on the concerns of the Hennepin County community, and will highlight Hennepin County government produced data available to the public free of charge and without need for a license. Geography matters because community concerns are tied to a place, technology matters because it provides a tool to examine those concerns, and community matters most, as the forum for bringing people together to solve problems.

You can use this site to submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments to existing ideas to work on during Geo: Code.

Submitting and Voting On Ideas

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To submit an idea, please click the Submit New Idea button at the top of the navigation sidebar. You will then be asked to add a title and choose a campaign for the new idea. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea. To vote on an idea, simply click the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description. And to add a comment, click in the box below the idea.

If you would like to see all ideas created with a specific tag, you can click on the word or phrase via the tagcloud in the navigation sidebar area under "What we're discussing". You can also view ideas sorted by Campaigns from the right navigation area. To return to this page, click the All Ideas link.

Project Idea

Add additional search capabilities to the Park Interactive Map

The interactive park map is a fantastic application and it would be great to build upon it to give users more search capabilities. A few enhancements could include the following:

 

1. Implement additional search capabilities such as the ability to search for activities (ie: ice skating rinks).

 

2. Add typeahead to the search bar.

 

3. Allow users to select their location or a location on the map.

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Data Request

Biking application

Hennepin County has miles of valuable bike and hiking trails. If this data were made available to the public it would create to potential for the creation of a mobile application to view location / directional information for navigating Hennepin County's bike trails from a smart phone - leading to more bike commuting and healthier residents etc.,

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(@james.k)

Project Idea

Help market responsive design!

The State of Minnesota has created a pretty comprehensive public resource for project leaders, designers, developers and anyone else involved in mobile accessibility at http://innovation.mn.gov/mobileguide as a how-to for creating responsive content and apps. As with any new tech, the guide will become dated if it's not kept current. Help us turn this "fixed" resource into a dynamic one by creating a model for maintaining... more »

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Project Idea

WheelyApp type tool for Minneapolis

From wheelyapp.com: "Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair and stroller users better navigate the New York City Subway system as well as provide a useful guide to accessible places in specific neighborhoods. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA┬«, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by Anthony Driscoll, a... more »

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Make an interactive Parking Meter map for Mpls

These two maps are begging for an interactive version that can be queried, zoom/pan, etc: http://www.mplsparking.com/Includes/CurrentMeterMap.pdf http://www.mplsparking.com/Includes/multi_space_map.pdf Many times I have squinted at these maps when planning a drive to the Guthrie or Convention Center, trying to ascertain basic parking meter info: hourly rate, hours of enforcement, and time limit. Make it easier for someone... more »

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14 votes
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Project Idea

Report bike and pedestrian trail issues

Create an app or tool that bikers and pedestrians can use to report any maintenance or trail issues that they find. Ideally it would include the GPS coordinates and allow them to take a picture of the problem. Combining this functionality with some of the other bike/ped ideas submitted (ie the interactive map) would be really sweet!

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21 votes
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Project Idea

Free family activities

As a parent, I'm often looking for something to do with the kids. The libraries and parks often have free/cheap activities going on, but it takes some hunting to find out what's going on where when. I'm envisioning something where you could pick a date, then see on a map (or list), what activities are happening where.

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Project Idea

Use Gmap4 to display Hennepin County data

Anyone that has Hennepin County data in a KML, KMZ or GPX file, can display that file with Gmap4. Doing so lets you see that data with the familiar Google maps interface together with features that include: 1. Mobile devices display a touch-friendly interface. Desktops/laptops display a mouse interface. 2. Geolocation (on mobile devices) with a symbol that follows you as you move. 3. Display a USNG grid. (Federal... more »

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Project Idea

Accessibility Guidelines for Maps

Web maps are an integral part of a lot of our community's civic tech projects, and accessibility also is a core value of civic technology. Unfortunately, it can be tricky to navigate what exactly it means to make "accessible maps". The goal of this project is to generate a set of guidelines/ guiding questions, examples, and code snippets that civic tech groups can use in their mapping projects. Eventually, we would... more »

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9 votes
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Map AED Locations

Set up a process to map/identify locations with AEDs. It could be done as a contest where people could form teams and win "badges" or points for how many they submit. Or, businesses could add their own as they add devices. Something similar was done out on the east coast somewhere (Philly or New York maybe?).

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5 votes
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