As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, local city officials, Code for America, The Hub Oakland, and PopUpHood have organized an event called ‘ReWrite Oakland.’ The event will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013, and hackers and local residents are encouraged to help create and launch a variation of an “Ask Jeeves” search engine specific to Oakland’s city services. If you’re interested in helping change the way the local community accesses information from the City of Oakland, just REGISTER for FREE! You don’t need to be a developer or hacker. You just need a heart to help improve Oakland services.
TechPresident describes the event as a “writeathon” in which the Oakland community volunteers will spend the whole day together working to make the city government’s website more accessible. The end product will be “Oakland Answers,” which will be similar to “Honolulu Answers” and is based on the notion that city services should be both easily understandable and easily searchable online, much like one could get help from an information desk.
Steve Spiker, OpenOakland’s executive director shared that volunteers will focus on subject areas that are popular topics of interest from the city’s website, such as public safety, business permits, police services, parking, and public works. OpenOakland will provide writing style and formatting guides for volunteers who will use their own laptops to log into the system and create the content.