While civic tech companies offer great products to help municipalities serve citizens, the rise of agile methods has empowered cities to benefit from internal collaborative tech efforts designed around specific departmental needs, according to Government Technology.
One recent example is the city of Pittsburgh’s Analytics and Strategy team, which built a playfully-named interactive platform that allows citizens to get a “Burgh’s Eye View” of the city’s open data.
By pulling together open-source resources, investing in their own skillsets, and working closely with city departments to understand needs and make refinements, the team had built a product not found in any vendor’s lineup. The story of Burgh’s Eye View offers not only a window into an innovative application, but a testament to what can emerge when a city invests in its own civic tech resources – an agile product shop.
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