Derek Eder

Civic Tech Builder


Blog Stories and tutorials from the Chicago opengov world

Note: This is an archive. I do most of my writing on the DataMade blog and on Chi Hack Night blog.


Keeping Tabs on Your Local City Council with Councilmatic

Keeping Tabs on Your Local City Council with Councilmatic

Posted 24 Jun 2013
City councils shape nearly every aspect of city life, from what kind of canopy you can have on a storefront, to how much we pay in taxes, to the number of cops on the street. There's now an app for viewing all this legislative information: Councilmatic.

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Preparing for the Google Fusion Tables SQL API Deprecation

Preparing for the Google Fusion Tables SQL API Deprecation

Posted 12 Jan 2013
On January 14, 2013, Google will deprecate the SQL API for their Fusion Tables platform. This post is here to help developers prepare for it (or more likely, fix things after they break).

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How Chicago Public Schools Succeeded with Open Source Software

How Chicago Public Schools Succeeded with Open Source Software

Posted 14 Nov 2012
On August 17, 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) launched a new version of their School Locator - an online map that helps parents find public schools for their kids. Unlike the map that came before it, this one is intuitive, easy to use, and took half the time to build. How was CPS able to accomplish this? By doing it in-house and using open source software.

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Hello World! Setting up a Jekyll blog inside Sinatra

Hello World! Setting up a Jekyll blog inside Sinatra

Posted 29 Oct 2012
I'm going meta on my first blog post: how to set up a Jekyll blog inside a Sinatra app. A few people have written on this topic, but I had some specific requirements that no one addressed. So my goal here is to write the post I wish existed when I started out. Here it goes.

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