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Parsing addresses with usaddress by Cathy Deng

Parsing addresses with usaddress

Oct 10, 2014 by Cathy Deng, Jeff Ernsthausen (AJC)
Last week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) announced the first public product from our collaboration - usaddress, a python library for parsing US addresses using advanced natural language processing (NLP) methods. Given an address, the parser will split it into separate components with labels like street number, street name, city, and zip. Read more »

DataMade at the Code for America Summit by Derek Eder

DataMade at the Code for America Summit

Oct 02, 2014 by Derek Eder
The Code for America Summit, a yearly open government and civic tech conference, was held in San Francisco last week. In the conference’s fourth year, a major theme was that the effectiveness of civic technology depends upon identifying the right problem, organizing the right constituents, marketing to the right audience, and embedding the technology in a larger campaign or strategy. These are exactly the kinds of projects that DataMade takes on. And we were fortunate to be able to share two of our client’s stories to this international community of government leaders, funders, policy experts, and technologists. Read more »

What are civic apps for? by Forest Gregg

What are civic apps for?

Sep 11, 2014 by Forest Gregg
One of the wonderful things about civic technology is that no one really knows what it means. 'Civic technology' covers varying types of projects made by a variety of people trying to do very different things. This fuzziness is useful. It challenges civic technologists to think independently about what exactly they are trying to do, while providing a wide set of projects and models to steal from or define themselves against. All the same, we can begin to identify four major intentions of civic apps - to inform, to persuade, to provide access, or to change the way our democracy works. These correspond to four genres of apps - news, propaganda, access, and system plumbing. Read more »

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