Interested in learning how people are using NYC OpenData? Visit NYC OpenData Analyticsfor info on page views, and a running count of datasets, maps, and charts available on the OpenData portal. Additionally, the analytics tool shows the most viewed datasets, the top referrers to the portal, search terms and embeds, providing a comprehensive picture of the types of NYC data being used each day.
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Interested in high-speed Internet access for your business? NYCEDC is helping connect small and medium-sized businesses to high-speed Internet by providing free fiber optic construction to qualifying companies. If you are a growing business that depends on secure and reliable high-speed Internet as part of your daily operations, don’t miss this opportunity to get connected!
Up to $14 million in funding is available through five participating Internet Service Providers.
The application deadline is December 12, so there’s no time to waste! Find out more.
- Enabling 300,000+ New Yorkers to access broadband technology resources,
- Expanding the NYC OpenData platform from 350 public data sets at launch to over 2,000,
- Relaunching a groundbreaking NYC.gov website and tripling the City’s social media audience.
These are just a few of the many major strides reported in the 2013 Digital Roadmap. Led by NYC Digital, the report demonstrates the successes the City has made to date in access, education, open government, engagement, and technology sector support.
Read the New York City Digital Leadership: 2013 Road-map.
Strikes and Spares: NYC Seniors Take to Digital Lanes
On October 24, residents of two senior centers in New York City competed in a virtual bowling competition using Kinect for Xbox. Seniors from Queen’s Selfhelp Senior Center faced off in a real time match against bowlers at Chelsea’s SAGE Center. With cheering fans and a Skype view of the other team’s bowling lanes, competition between the centers was fierce.
The “Exergamers NYC” event is the most current project developed through an innovative public-private partnership with the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the Department for the Aging, and Microsoft. Together with the “Virtual Senior Center” these programs provide interactive opportunities for seniors to engage with technology while enhancing their physical and mental wellbeing. For DoITT, the initiative is an opportunity to introduce a technology typically associated with a younger generation of video gamers to a new segment of the population.
Commissioner Rahul Merchant described Exergamers NYC’s impact, saying the program provides “more opportunities for seniors to engage with readily available technology to boost activity levels, social interaction, and overall health. Everybody deserves to have fun and be happy regardless of their age and introducing the power of technology can enhance that experience.”
In addition to providing an engaging, active event for seniors in the participating centers, Exergamers NYC affirms the City and DoITT’s commitments to creating ‘Innovative Senior Centers’ that provide enhanced programming, including access to technology, for New York City’s diverse and growing senior population.
Photo by Leslie Ann Newell (NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications)
Then: NYC.gov 2003 - 2013
Now: NYC.gov today
Visit the redesigned, redeveloped and relaunched www.NYC.gov today!
Meet the new www.NYC.gov—it’s faster, smarter and easier to use than ever before. Guided by input from the public, informed by visitor metrics and inspired by the customer service approach of 311, NYC.gov has been redesigned to put the user first. A few highlights of the new website:
- Viewable on all mobile devices
- Search results are more accurate and relevant
- New “311 Booker” tool on the homepage allows you to request a service or check on the status more easily
- Redesigned Jobs section brings together all City employment-related opportunities and resources
- New events search tool and map
- Improved social sharing so you can more easily post to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr
ConnectNYC Fiber Access has opened its second round of applications to small or medium-sized businesses in need of an upgrade in broadband infrastructure. The program helps connect the city’s fast-growing companies to high-speed Internet by providing free fiber optic construction.
In round one, over 100 businesses submitted applications across the five boroughs. Currently, 29 companies and approximately 1000 tenants are connected with high-speed Internet through Time Warner Cable Business Class and Cablevision.
Does your business qualify for the next round of ConnectNYC? We spoke with Marc Plotkin, co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at DecisionDesk (one of the fiber challenge winners), about the application process. See if your company can join theirs in free fiber connectedness.
Size: 20 Full-Time Employees
What We Do: DecisionDesk provides a web based service that streamlines the submission and review process of applicants for higher education and enterprise organizations.
Why Fiber? : We’ve created our entire service in-house and have a combination of engineers pushing code and sales people connecting with organizations around the world…all via the internet. So fast upload/download is essential.
How long did the application process take?: The process didn’t take long at all. I explained a few situations where NOT having fiber had been a real hindrance, how the service we provide yields significant results to the education and business world, and employs New Yorkers.
What was the installation process like?: Time Warner is still in the process of hooking us up, but it will not only benefit DecisionDesk, but the entire building (full of other startups) on W17th St.
Since receiving your free fiber, what’s been the biggest change in your work process?: We’re already making plans to integrate more real-time video into our internal communications. We have another office in Cleveland, OH and it’s essential for productivity and internal culture to keep the whole team sync’ed up.
Who do you think should apply for ConnectNYC Fiber Access?: Any startup that is living entirely online like DecisionDesk and has a lot of people who need to move really fast.
Up to $14 million in fiber construction cost coverage is now available through ConnectNYC. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until December 12, 2013. Beat the rush, and apply now!
Pictured Above: DecisionDesk co-founders Marc Plotkin (l) and John Knificn (r). Photo credit: Rushabh Sheth
Remember last year’s #LoveNYC winning photo by Milton Washington? This could be you!
Enter the second annual #LoveNYC photo contest by August 18 for a chance to become the City’s official Instagram Ambassador. Winning photos from each borough will also be displayed at The New York Public Library in late September.
Show us what you love most about NYC’s five boroughs: http://on.fb.me/15zhtUM
Apply for Fiber Optic Construction
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and DoITT have partnered again to increase fiber connectivity for businesses in NYC. Yesterday, NYCEDC announced the second round of ConnectNYC Fiber Access, a program that provides free construction and installation of fiber optic cable for businesses. The initiative is part of a larger City goal to expand business opportunities through broadband connectivity and high-speed internet access.
Fiber access is crucial for NYC businesses, yet construction is often prohibitively expensive for business owners. ConnectNYC eases the burden of implementation costs and makes internet access more readily available to businesses. The agreement is part of a franchise agreement between the City, Time Warner, and Cablevision, and allocates $14 million for fiber optic grants.“
The renewal franchises the City granted to Time Warner Cable and Cablevision in 2011 included the commitment of those companies to deploy fiber optic technology to un-served and underserved commercial locations,” said New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant. “Now in its second round, ConnectNYC continues that investment in our digital future – and furthers the Bloomberg Administration’s goal of expanding state-of-the-art communications infrastructure to new and growing businesses citywide.”
Applications are now being accepted for ConnectNYC Fiber Access. Companies based in New York City with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply on a rolling basis through December 12, 2013. Approved businesses must negotiate a one-year service contract with one of five Internet Service Providers (ISPs), after which they can receive free fiber construction. Applications are assessed based on the potential impact of fiber on the business and the feasibility of fiber construction at the site.
Learn more and apply for fiber optic construction
Celebrating NYC STEPS Graduates in Brooklyn
On July 17, DoITT and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) celebrated graduates of the Brooklyn class of the NYC Supported Training and Employment Preparation Services (STEPS) program. The graduates - originally from six countries and spanning different generations – completed a 12-week program of workplace and computer skills, and now join those who also recently completed the program in Queens and the Bronx. The graduation ceremony was held at the New York City Family Justice Center (FJC) in Brooklyn.
NYC STEPS was designed and coordinated by DoITT and NetApp. Participants attended weekly sessions guided by volunteer guest facilitators and FJC employees. Skillsoft, Microsoft, and CDW-G partnered with STEPS to provide laptop computers, storage, and software.
Image: OCDV Commissioner Jimenez congratulating NYC STEPS graduates at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center.