Thursday, June 6, 2013

Eureka! An easier way to find the ideal Atlanta park

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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  • Atlanta Park Find
The city over the weekend trumpeted its embrace of big data and programmers by giving the seal of approval to two web-based applications aimed at making government information and public services more accessible.

The first, Atlanta Park Find, is an online directory that organizes the city's 352 parks by amenities and services. Users can type in their location to find nearby parks and then narrow the results, choosing from desired features such as pools and picnic tables (Maddox Park is the closest with both to CL's office). The site also allows users to make reservations for park facilities online through the city's iPARCS program.

The second app introduced is an interactive online platform to assist Focus on Results, Atlanta, a team within City Hall that collects performance data from across several departments. The platform will give users access to troves of data in areas from economic development to city infrastructure. The app is currently used internally within city hall, but it will be made available to the public later this year.

Both apps have been in the works since they were hatched at the Govathon event held in February, where city officials and local programmers holed up for an all-night competition to take some 21st century stabs at Atlanta's problems. A second Govathon is in the works for later this year.

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