Art Finder | F14

Fall 2014 Project Description: Develop a tool to allow the public to identify existing and potential public art locations throughout Jackson. The Jackson Arts and Cultural Alliance will use the resulting inventory to develop a community cultural plan and walking routes to promote public art. This tool might also engage the public in discussion about the value, preservation, and potential locations for public art.

Distressed Property Report | W14, F14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  The Neighborhood & Economic Operations (NEO) Department maintains extensive information on property in the City, which can be used to explain development issues and activities like blight and demolition. However, the current data storage tool does is not designed to display neighborhood-level data, or support narratives for community decisions.

Downtown Construction Exhibit | W14, SS14, F14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  Construction starting in the fall of 2014 will be a centerpiece of downtown for about 6 months as the main street is torn up for a sewer project. The City hopes to turn the traditional view of street construction on its head by inviting people to see the guts of our community and learn how they are maintained in a way that draws people to the downtown.

Find My Plow | F14

Fall 2014 Project Description: GPS tracking on City vehicles provides an opportunity for citizens to get all kinds of useful data.  That may be seeing where potholes are being filled or whether your street has been plowed after a big snow storm.  The City of Jackson has recently implemented a GPS tracking system on many of its service vehicles.  Students will find ways for this data to benefit citizens and engage them in the s

Open Data Policy | W14, F14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  In preparing to share more data with the public, policies and procedures are essential to consistent, appropriate release of data. Many cities have established open data policies, but reviews of these policies suggest that they frequently contain boiler-plate language that doesn't fit the local context, or the specific obstacles that face staff.

Step by Step | F14

Fall 2014 Project Description: This project focuses on information tools and services that will support healthy behavior under the themes of nutrition, physical activity, smoking, and emotional health. This project is an initiative of the Health Improvement Organization, a community health coalition supported by staff from Allegiance Health.

Child Immunization | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description: This project aims to improve adolescent vaccination rates in Jackson county. The Jackson County Health Department currently mails reminders (called recalls) to parents of children with out-of-date vaccinations on a quarterly basis. These reminders are generated by the statewide immunization registry, known as the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR).

Connecting with Citizens | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  The City of Jackson subscribes to Blackboard Connect, a mass notification system with a variety of mechanisms for distributing and collecting information from citizens. Emergency notifications, personalized community updates ,and citizen polling and feedback are available for text, phone, and email channels. Yet few City departments utilize this product for citizen interaction.

Digital Cemeteries Archive | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  Like the grave sites themselves, cemetery records are fascinating historical artifacts that are a little scary to investigate. Currently, an index card filing system tracks ownership and occupancy of graves, along with grave sites from the mid 1800s penciled into log books. This system requires extensive time from staff to locate information for families and genealogists.

Maps & Apps | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  The City holds extensive data that the public owns but never sees. Brownfield sites, road construction projects, property information, and polling locations all help citizens better understand their community, especially when presented via maps. While it isn't intentionally hidden, the City doesn't provide a convenient window for public consumption and manipulation of the data.

Master Plan Public Involvement | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  The Master Plan guides community development efforts over a long period (typically five to ten years). The City of Jackson is working with a planning firm to update the Master Plan, which includes collecting input from residents, businesses, and other stakeholders on their concerns, goals, and vision for the city.

Tips by Text | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  Anonymous tips are an important information source for police in investigating crimes. While they offer a tip hotline for voice calls, they haven't pursued other common channels of communication as opportunities for tips. This requires considering appropriate technology for the audience and simple methods for submission.

Where is the Bus When? | W14

Winter 2014 Project Description:  Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA) provides bus service on eight routes throughout the city. Routes and schedules are printed and distributed on the buses, but there has been little effort to share this information through newer media channels. As a result, people don't have the basic information they need to ride the bus.