[Chugalug] "Code for America" $420,000 USD

William Roush william.roush at roushtech.net
Tue Sep 3 12:28:40 UTC 2013


Well the application says it's for people that are looking to assist the 
needy, not the needy themselves (so it assumes they wouldn't have a 
smart phone either).

My biggest question is who is going to keep the relevant data up to date 
of all these small individual one-off programs?

William Roush

On 9/3/2013 7:18 AM, Mike Harrison wrote:
> On Sep 2, 2013, at 10:02 PM, Rod <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:
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>> There is a dire need for this one in town.
>> Work on Sheltr.org
>> http://brigade.codeforamerica.org/applications/9
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> Rod, neat app idea, I'm going to play devils advocate and ask 3 questions and take an unpopular stance:
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> 1. Of the typical pseudo-homeless crowd, how many of them have a smartphone that can access such info?
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> 2. Of those people, would it be possibly be more useful to get better information for these services into existing, installed on the phone by default, mapping/location/information systems?
>      ie; spoon feeding google maps, bing maps, apple maps.. etc. with this detailed information in a standardized parable format that could be easily displayed?
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> 3. Or is the intended use to be available to assistance providers? The target audience and specifications are not clear.
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> I think my issue is the focus towards application development frenzy, instead of the focus towards sharing information in usable standardized formats.
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> For example, if a small church were to open up a pantry and shelter of it's own, it could easily make that information available on it's web site in a format that is indexable and searchable.
> ie:   As of 20130904 20:00  2 beds are available at the Pastafarian Pantheism Parachurch Pagoda on Pius Street,  Spaghetti served daily at Seven pm.
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> A mobile friendly organizational website might allow a seeker to place a 15 minute reservation on a bed.. giving them time to get there and get a bed. A phone call should work also.
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> Otherwise the web app needs and organization to moderate and filter information, and maintain it.
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> Building the web application (sans-detailed specification) is a  10-16 hrs job for a guy like me using my toolset, maintaining it, promoting it, keeping it current, etc.. is a full time job for one or more people.
> Coding it is not the issue. The rest of the entity requirements, meetings, organizational needs, server maintenance.. etc.. . is the issue.
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> I've also worked with enough community service organizations and people in need to know that there is a lot of assistance available in the Chattanooga area,  I'll agree there could be specific needs for more and better information disbursement, but is creating another soon to be orphaned/abandoned web application built on an obtuse framework the answer?
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> And for the on-topic part: Of course, it should run on Linux.
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