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Mobile Ideas

Waiting Time at the Polls

The Bi-Partisan Commission on Elections' report stated that no voter in America should have to wait more than 30 minutes at their polling place on Election Day. This app would provide public data on the length of lines/waiting times to alert election administrators and voters about any problems in the system that need attention and it would provide data for analysis after each election to improve planning for the future. ...more »

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Comprehensive aging/caregiver service areas and eligibility info

The state, counties, and a growing number of nonprofit service providers are offering services to older adults and caregivers. Given the limitations of the health care system and social services, this kind of informal caregiving (i.e., family, friends or neighbors caring for older adults) is crucial. With the explosion of programs and services in this arena, so comes the confusion around geographic areas, income requirements, ...more »

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Story Telling and Visualization Ideas

Urban Planning for Neighborhoods

Neighborhood groups need tools for understanding how parking (or other livability factors) will be affected by proposals to build a new multi-unit dwelling, replace parking with a bike lane, or adding a grocery store. Currently they have to believe vague reassurances from the developer or government or the fearful cries of opponents.

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MN Directory of Manufacturers and Services, Electronic

The SOS has data available to compile a spreadsheet or application of MN Manufacturers. "Nothing happens until something is sold". This data would be used by MN companies for marketing purposes. Such lists are commercially available from out of state, foreign corporations, but are expensive and incomplete, especially for small or start up companies. "No one answers the phone anymore" This list should include company ...more »

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Story Telling and Visualization Ideas

Names, precincts, and voting

If many people named "Marc" live in an area, what does this say about how the area tends to vote? What do name distributions look like for precincts? Which names are the most predictive about how a precinct votes? How can we visualize this information in an insightful and exciting way? I don’t have the answers but here are some ideas: - Use “words-used-by” bubble graphs to visualize data. For example, use the last ...more »

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Analysis Ideas

Visualization tool for deserts

In general, a 'desert' is a region that is poor is some resource. When the MN geocommons is online, it will be a natural place to ask questions like where are the food deserts? the nursing home deserts? the job deserts? How many people live 'far' from a city park? Does the MN geocommons software need a standard widget for viewing the relationship of demographics, travel time and resources?

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Story Telling and Visualization Ideas

Environment - heat map of monitoring data

A question about arsenic in groundwater came up at the ideation event. Heat maps of groundwater analytes could be made using the MPCA's Groundwater API.

Here's a sample URI requesting groundwater data from monitoring wells in Ramsey County: http://services.pca.state.mn.us/api/v1/groundwater/monitoring-stations/results?stationPurpose=Monitoring&specificGeoAreaCode=county__123&format=text

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Story Telling and Visualization Ideas

Environment Tools for local governments and orginizations

Create tools for city governments and conservation groups that communicate water quality and regulated activities. These tools, templates and examples could then be used by organizations who don't have developer resources or budgets for this kind of work. I put an example up on gethub that displays regulated activities in a city. This could also be done for water quality trends and assessments. https://github.com/JasonEwert/mpca-api-examples/blob/master/site-activities ...more »

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Website Ideas

Map items from the MN Historical Society

Although I can search the MN History Center's collection for images from Linden Hills, they don't seem to be geolocated or available in a map. It would be fun to have them on a map, like photos on Google Maps or Earth. These be also used to create history tours of neighborhoods.

http://greatriversnetwork.org/index.php?brand=cms

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Mobile Ideas

Mobile Voting App

Develop a web based and/or mobile app that allows residents the ability to vote in local, state, and national elections. This would allow residents from having to go into a polling location. I have a feeling that more people would utilize a service like this and voting participation would go up. It might also reduce the burden at polling locations. If done right it might also increase the accuracy of voting results ...more »

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Mobile Ideas

My Issue At The Legislature

Hundreds of bills are authored at the legislature every year. Citizens want to know if legislation is pending for issues they care about. The legislative website lets you do that, but only if you know the bill number. How can we let people articulate the issues they are interested in (by topic or by location) and get an automatic notification when something they are concerned about is introduced, scheduled for a hearing ...more »

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Website Ideas

City Zoning Decoder

As a citizen, I have ideas for xyz (starting a coffee shop with entertainment in a specific residential neighborhood, or building an in-ground pool, etc.) but it's kinda hard to figure out what's relevant to my specific situation, whatever it may be.

There should be some kind of interactive site that's consistent and easy to read.

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