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The Making of Cityblocs.ca: See how your city councillors vote without reading city council minutes

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City politics can be difficult to figure out, especially in cities without political parties. To make it a little easier to follow along, CityBlocs asks a simple question: are there patterns hidden in the voting habits of city councillors? Combining social science with text parsing, web scraping and network visualization, CityBlocs is a tool developed in 2014 by the founders of Centrality Data Science (Paul Fairie, Adam D’Souza and Michael Underwood).

Key Take Aways

  • The challenges and opportunities for tool building presented by different open data standards
  • The challenges and opportunities for tool building to make understanding government easier
  • What is Open Data
Beginner Design & Development Session

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What don’t you get?! You’ll be part of Toronto’s coolest digital media community, attend some great sessions and meet awesome people. We make sure volunteers have the opportunity to attend the event and get the most out of it for themselves too! Not to mention, there’s the opportunity to network with a marketers, community managers, podcasters and more. And of course, you’ll get a fine addition to your resume and we’re happy to give you a reference!

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