Prepared by Brigade Data Curator Karen Stephens:
OS : City Meeting Minutes , March 9.pdf (229.1 KB)
#Open Savannah / City of Savannah
Get Acquainted Session
Thursday. March 9, 2017
###Minutes of Meeting
City of Savannah
Cam Mathis - IT Director
Jackie Turner - IT Application Services
Chris Parish - IT Web Site
Saja Aures - Public Information Office
Carl Lewis - Brigade Captain
Gary Skoglind - Projects/Delivery Lead
Karen Stephens - Data Curation Lead
Patrick Bentley - Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA)
- Introductions around the table – roles and responsibilities
- Review of mission/goals of Code for America and Open Savannah
- Discuss Saja’s previous initiative and capitalize on those ideas
- Initial project ideas – create high-value visible wins with non-political issues
a. SavBook IO – lists groups that are of civic interest (government representatives, schools, social services and hospitals, libraries, neighborhoods, etc.) Searchable for selected physical address.
GOAL: increase knowledge of city structure and personal engagement in civic processes
b. Sav311 – access to data base to determine other like-type service requests.
GOAL: improve customer service; increase personal empowerment in city processes
c. City Budget – create friendly views and analysis of budget information
GOAL: increase knowledge and understanding of budget elements; support accountability
in the allocation and expenditure of public funds.
Ongoing projects –
a. Create Neighborhood Portal
b. Create architecture for data presentation – City, Open Savannah, others
c. Populate US City Open Data Census for Savannah – gave Cam the data requirements
Longer term projects identified by Open Savannah team members –
a. Crime tracking
b. City bid and contract information
c. Voting records of public officials
d. Property analysis – eminent domain, abandoned, etc.
Hold HackNight on April 13 to begin working on SavBook IO project. Publicize well and especially reach out to community leaders.
Develop short, mid-term and long-term project schedules. Do work in phases and iterations. As successes occur, educate and inform senior City officials about the role of Open Savannah and the wider Open Cities mission. Create citizen champions.