BetaCityYEG Summary

This page is a summary of projects that BetaCityYEG has been able to work on with its civic tech community partners. Most are open source and use commercially-available tech components, some require no programming ability at all. The top projects are those that Beta City has undertaken personally, those below are great examples of what other civic tech groups have achieved and made open source. Thanks!

Sample contract – See a copy of a contract that might work in your community to sustain a tech solution.

Google “ParkView” – Use a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera to create Google Streetviews of the City’s river valley trails.

Eddystone Beacon – Proximity-based communication using Google’s Eddystone beacon framework.

CityGram – Citygram is a notifications platform for subscribing to your city, whether it’s bylay violations in your area or building permits along your commute. Sign up to find out about the things that matter to you where they matter to you.

LoRa Network – Citizens can create their own low-cost wireless data transmission network over a large swath of the city (up to 22km) to create a network of sensors that transfer data to a single central node.

Noise Monitoring – Low cost DIY noise monitoring device which can be used to help detect patterns of loud vehicles to help enforce noise bylaws more effectively. 

You Can Benefit – We’re making an open-source web tool that will let users enter some basic information about themselves and find out which benefit programs might be best for them

PiAno (public piano recording) – Inside one public piano was placed a Raspberry Pi physical computing device which recorded music as passers-by played

Historical Photo Mapping – BetaCityYEG, with the help of volunteer Connor M, has scraped (with permission) the City of Edmonton Archives Catalogue and has created an online tool to geolocate the site’s historical images.

Building Age Map – A local programmer recently redeployed an open source interactive map which links building outline and year built data to create a beautiful map of the City’s growth.

Pedestrian Counter – A volunteer created an open-source low-cost pedestrian counter using a Raspberry pi and a cheap infrared sensor. FYI, code is being re-written, GitHub code is not quite current, will be updated soon!

SMS-Based Voting (not open source) – Based on the success of cell phone text-based (SMS) voting in applications like American Idol and the US-based Textizen, BCYEG encouraged the creation of a DIY sms-voting tool.

Twitter Crowdmapping – We used a few avenues for data collection of public art photos and locations including Twitter (using #openartyeg and scraping the data using crowdmapping platform Ushuhidi)

LinkYEG – Linkyeg.ca is an Edmonton, mobile-optimized website that connects homeless and low-income residents with critical and life-saving resources nearby.

Oral History Collection and Mapping – In Your Own Words was a program to collect the region’s oral history using the recording tools at the Stanley Milner Library. Results were mapped on an interactive Google map using Soundcloud.


Cool Open Source Projects to Consider

From Code For America’s Open-Source tool library

Product and how-to library · Code for America

Local Data – An easy to use, browser-based tool for collecting local data

Smart City Trash Can – Redeploy an open-source Internet of Things sensor system designed to monitor the fill level of municipal trash cans.

Text My Bus – Text My Bus lets residents find out the arrival time of the next bus via SMS by texting the nearest bus stop number.

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