Portfolio of work
The following initiatives are currently ongoing and are open to volunteers of all skill sets. If you are interested, just show up to one of our twice-monthly Community Action Nights!
There is not currently much available civic data related to the safety of alternative modes of transportation in Austin. Some engineering work to gather and analyze this data could better help advocacy for safer and more diverse transportation options in Austin.
Partner: To come.
Leads: (interim) Laura Kelly
We’ve partnered with YWCA to submit a grant proposal to the city’s Project Connect anti-displacement funding. More to come after grants are awarded.
Code repository: To come.
Tech stack: To come.
Also seeking: To come.
Partner: Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Austin
Leads: Jae Kwon and Liani Lye
Slack channel: To come.
As an indigent defense advocate, I want to collect data about the public defender process/system so that I can perform evidence-based advocacy for systems change.
Portfolio of completed projects
This is a sampler of the community challenges that Open Austin has tackled. You can view our full suite of work on our GitHub organization page.
We are firming up a partnership to determine a scope of work regarding Project Connect. More to come.
When: June-July 2021
What: We ___
Partner: Austin Transportation Department
Currently: Workflow for gathering tenant evidence is complicated and takes a long time.
Our contribution: Text a number, your image ends up in your folder. Organizers have all images in one place. Tenants have all of their housing-related info in one place. Together, they can document housing conditions, landlord-tenant interactions, and landlord neglect or abuse.
When: June-Oct 2020
What: We provided technical consultation and support to PUMA (mobility advocacy non-profit) and their Project Connect work. We advised on the collection, analysis, maintenance, and visualization of community engagement via a tool called Social Pinpoint.
Instabus Beta Apr 9, 2015 • Edit project page Instabus is a realtime map of Austin's public transit. It works well on mobile and desktop. www.Instabus.org Chat on the Open Austin #instabus Slack channel Realtime map of Austin’s MetroRapid bus and MetroRail train Works...
Budget Party Alpha Apr 20, 2017 • Edit project page Web app that teaches about the City Budget and invites you to remix how departments and services are funded Budget Party is a web app design for mobile devices that teaches you about the City Budget and invites you...
Open-source software licenses with fossil fuel divestment provisions.
Code repository: GitHub
Tech stack: HTML, Liquid, JS
Partner: No partner
We extract eviction hearing records from Travis County’s Justice of the Peace website, and started expanding to Bexar and Williamson Counties. The data support court watch and tenant outreach efforts in Austin and is being used to create a text-based court reminder system for Central Texas.