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  1. Create an Augmented Reality App - for the proposed Norfolk Arts District

    This app would allow users to upload mural ideas on designated walls in the proposed Norfolk Arts District. The app would allow users to virtually install sculptures and other works in the proposed district. By holding up your smart phone the augmented works of art begin to appear.

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    • Map Virginia Beach's neighborhoods!

      The city of Virginia Beach doesn't have a polygon map of its neighborhood boundaries. This makes breaking down crime stats and all types of other geography-based analysis much more difficult. I propose we draw our own, with the input of citizens and city officials.

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        City of Virginia Beach is conducting a survey to determine how many neighborhoods exist. Current estimate is large number with wide variation, at least 100 and possibly as many as 500. In the meantime, check out http://hrvawiki.org where some boundary files are being drawn by curators. Point lists for these should be accessible but it might require some scraping. Nextdoor has also been making neighborhood maps in VB with cooperation of City of VB Volunteer Services. Status of these maps is unknown.

      • Transform HRT realtime bus data format to GTFS-realtime

        Hampton Road Transit published real time bus data in a text format:
        ftp://216.54.15.3/Anrd/hrtrtf.txt

        This data needs to be transformed into GTFS-realtime so that any app that understands GTFS will be able to use it. Google Maps is one application that can use GTFS-realtime and there are many others.

        I can connect you to Code for America Fellows and other civic hackers who have direct experience transforming the data formats like the one published by HRT into useful map and text messaging applications that riders need to make using the region's bus system more user friendly.

        For background, see the CityCampHRVA…

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        • Create an app for ArtEverywhere

          Adapt iArtNorfolk platform for ArtEverywhere exploration

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          • Tag Bus Stops with QR codes to HRT

            Create QR codes that link to HRT route information. Print codes on stickers and place at each bus stop. Codes should optimally point directly to route information for a specific location. Ideally a mobile user interface will be presented.

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            • Map gardens, farms, and markets with local produce for sale

              A site for gardeners and farmers to publicize their produce, and for shoppers looking for fresh local fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, seeds, starts/sapplings and other possibilities.

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              • API or data feed of road closings and construction (do these already exist, does google get them?)

                @joannecheng

                @synchronouscity a very simple http api for active street closures:

                secret-gorge-2345.herokuapp.com/closures

                https://github.com/jc-2/denver_streets
                If public works maintains a structured data base of work sites & closures that data can be published through an API. Mobile app developers can take the data and do things with it like create mobile optimized maps, alerting services and routing services that are useful to everyone: Public Works field staff, other city workers in the field, planners, commuters, visitors...

                It could start by just asking them for this kind of data.

                Part of your mobile strategy should be to encourage departments to collaborate with data…

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                • APHIS Report Checker

                  A mobile app that consumers can use at the Point of Sale to check the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) record of the provider. For example, a shopper at a pet store wants to buy a parrot. She asks the cashier for the USDA license of the provider, which is available at any pet store and is legal to provide. Any reputable seller will make this available to their customer. The shopper enters the number, say 48-A-2069 and the query returns a count of all non compliance issues....or returns a 'No Non-Compliance issues found' message. If a count…

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                    • Help City of Virginia Beach do Open Budget

                      City of Virginia Beach Office of Budget & Management Services is read to open their budget data.

                      They already publish a wealth of information useful to residents, journalists and decision makers. Naturally the data are published in a 350+ page document.

                      The Budget Office is starting to export this data as spreadsheets/CSVs and Code for Hampton Roads is cataloging it at data.codeforhamptonroads.org

                      Use this data to redeploy one or more open budget apps like Open Budget Oakland and Look at Cook

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                      • Help City of Virginia Beach make crime, accident and other incident data more accessible

                        Everyone is interested in crime data. News reports it. Civic leagues put it in their newsletters. Decisions large and small are made with it.

                        City of Virginia Beach publishes data from their ePro system: http://data.codeforhamptonroads.org/dataset/virginia-beach-incident-crime-accident-and-warrant-reports

                        Help us understand what an API might publish. Show how this data be visualized? Can we redeploy or build new apps with it?

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                        • Build a Mobile App for City of Virginia Beach Parks & Rec data

                          City of Virginia Beach published JSON data containing the location and amenities of parks in the city:

                          http://data.codeforhamptonroads.org/dataset/virginia-beach-parks

                          They have a reference mobile app located at vbgov.com/parkfinder

                          This vbgov.com app is the first step in demonstrating how the parks data can be used on a mobile device but it is not a final product.

                          Help us and VB make a better mobile park finder app!

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