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School Navigator Update #31

  • Alice reviewed and analyzed school profile responses and compiled them into a Google Doc
  • Nathan started adding teacher working conditions data to the database
  • David and Jeremy reviewed new state accountability data
  • Grant and Jonathan continued work on associated schools to state IDs

Posted on by Colin Copeland

Adopt a Drain, Park, Etc.... Update #2

  • We forked a codeforamerica project -
  • Greg and Dane joined the project.
  • We planned the next two milestones
  • Sean is close to getting the data into the Durham data portal.

Posted on by Dane Summers

School Navigator Update #30

Great work today by all - thanks to everyone for joining!

  • Basia, Lauren, Bendte – worked on designing a usability test for the new user interface design
  • Nicole, Alex – worked on identifying and reaching out to schools who hadn’t started the survey — Nicole followed up with the lists to Chip at DPS and Laura at the Charter Collaborative to send a gentle reminder to these schools; once sent a survey with an updated link will be sent (by Nicole)
  • Graham – made an update to the project setup documentation
  • Jonathan – worked with Basia to make tab interface functional in the new design page; pushed a branch to add tabs to the school’s page that has a neighborhood tab
  • David – discussed potential displays of datasets to allow for ease of understanding for families with varying backgrounds

Posted on by Nicole Page

Adopt a Drain, Park, Etc.... Update #1

-Established focus for the first phase of the application.

-Onboarded Ellie who reviewed websites from other cities who have Adopt a Drain programs.

-Janet sketched ideas for the interface and site flow:

-Sean McKnight helped us query a service to the location of all of the storm drains.

-Ilgar is analyzing the source code and looking into the Github forks of the other active projects.

Posted on by Janet Danforth

Affordable Housing (Data Hub) Update #13

Created interactive wireframes: and visual design: for the basic format of the website. Feedback is welcome!

Posted on by Janet Danforth

School Navigator Update #29

To date, 18 schools have at least begun to fill in their profile! We're excited for more responses to trickle in. Specific updates below:

— Victor worked on fixing the photo upload features - in the coming days he plans to update the survey such that schools can upload the photo themselves. — Nicole will send an update to the reminder email to include the note about photos - the reminder is planned to go out next meeting (7/26) to give appropriate time for people who haven't started to get the survey in. (Currently due 7/29) — Basia, Bendte, and Lauren were doing a "card sorting" design exercise to help enhance the user experience on the website. — Lauren Hirsch and John Fredrickson got added to the github. — Alex and John were working on integrating the charter listing page to link to/be consistent with the other school listings. — Seth followed up to get a codeforamerica domain for an email address for the project team. — Jeremy worked on a link from the mini-profile to main profile on the search results. — David continued to assess NCDPI data.

Thanks to all!

Posted on by Nicole Page

Affordable Housing (Data Hub) Update #12

Here are some highlights of what we accomplished tonight:

We decided on a target audience we're going to focus on as the users for the firs draft of the site — Councilpeople of Durham.

We cleaned up the waffle board, and created several new waffle tickets.

We created a wiki page for running the site locally on OSX. We'll continue to build out documentation using the wiki.

We resolved 1 UI ticket re: the placeholder mobile header "Business Casual" with our "Affordable Housing" header.

We started work on determining how to integrate the pyzillow client for the Zillow api to gather data.

Posted on by Ron Stebelton

School Navigator Update #28

We launched the School Profile Survey to DPS tonight!!!

  • Victor reviewed and merged outstanding PR's
    • adds the link to school report cards (Rolf)
    • Add feeder school status to profile and survey (Jeremy)
  • Victor, Rolf, and Jeremy fixed issues blocking survey launch

    • Add CC emails to charter
    • Ask for an emailed picture in survey
    • Rolf and Nicole edited and finalized survey emails for launch to DPS and Charter Schools
    • Nicole set up schoolnavigatorteam gmail account for the survey communication
    • Victor set the survey due date to match the letter from DPS to all pricipals
  • Seth and Nicole uploaded all public school principal email addresses in preparation for survey launch

  • Nicole launched survey to DPS schools
  • Sarah followed up with Lisa Stella at the Charter School Collaborative to send email out to charter school principal
    • Nicole, Jeremy, & Sarah will launch the survey to the charters consistent with the feedback from Lisa
  • Sarah and Basia discussed potential options for another round of user testing to refine information architecture of profile
  • Sarah and Basia made a recommendation of how we should link the profiles to the map view page
  • Seth reached out to the code for America team to get a Code for Durham email domain (
  • David worked on statistical analysis of public school data; David and William discussed the data

Tonight was Sarah's last night at Code for Durham, Thank You for all you have done for the School Navigator project. We wish you the best and will miss you.

Posted on by Jeremy Freeman

End Hunger Durham Update #1

Kathyrn Jackson is my champion! At this tuesday's Code for Durham sessions she used my database to create pages on the End Hunger Durham website for kids summer meals sites and a map - a great resource for families and service providers!

Posted on by Kate Young