Social Services Mashup - a democamp presentation

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  • Sponsored byOntario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) www.ocasi.org

    Partnership Platform www.partnershipplatform.ca

    U of T CSC490 Capstone students

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77945684@N00/377111497/

    SOCIAL SERVICES MASHUP

  • Each organization/agency/government party provides information individually

    Find ESL classes in Toronto at:www.esltoronto.cawww.211toronto.cawww.ymcatoronto.orgwww.torontopubliclibrary.ca

    Information is not displayed in an intuitive mannerdifficult to findoften not customizable

    CURRENT ISSUES

  • The mediocre worldGo to multiple sources to find what you are looking forEvery agency reinvents the wheel again and againEveryone fighting for the same source of funding to do the same things

    THE TWO WORLDS

  • 1. Where are the ESL Classes?

    Big unordered list of ESL Classes in the GTA

    FIND ESL CLASSES IN TORONTO THE HARD WAY

  • 2. Great Now I know there are 500 ESL coursesbeing offered, which one should I take?

    How close is it?

    TTC?

    Near daycare?

    Has a good Indian Restaurant nearby?

    Close to my bank?

    Google maps

    TTC Website

    DaycareInfo sites

    toronto.com

    Bank Website

    FIND ESL CLASSES IN TORONTO THE HARD WAY (CONTD)

  • Our grand vision of the worldLook ma, all the info Im looking for on one site!Nation-wide collaborative initiativeShared outcome other agencies can use it too!More funding available to be spent on needed services

    THE TWO WORLDS

  • 1. Enter your Postal Code

    2. Choose your filtering criteria (ESL, LINC classes, TTC, Daycare etc)

    3. GO!

    FIND ESL CLASSES IN TORONTO THE EASY WAY

  • Customizable map of social services, public listings and businesses

    Simplified and centralized access

    Visual representation of services in theneighbourhood

    WHAT IS A SOCIAL SERVICES MASHUP?

  • Business analysis and requirements gathering

    Proof of conceptHarmonizing overlapping data pulled from multiple sourcesWeb interface to define mappings between a new data source and a uniform taxonomy

    WHAT WEVE BEEN WORKING ON

  • Use of open source tools a must!

    TurboGears is the chosen frameworkUses Python 2.5Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectureRapid-development of database-driven web applications

    OUR SOLUTION

  • Involve multiple stakeholders, data providers, businesses, technology community

    Provide a platform for dialog and ideas

    Design an open source application for the social services sector

    Share our API with other community service providers

    WHERE WE WANT TO GO

  • Benefit to the general publicGo to site for community informationInformation from all agencies in one placeFaster access

    Benefit to the tech community Corporate social responsibilityOpportunity to try innovative solutionsCommercial uses of the application

    Benefit to the non-profit sectorImprove program delivery, outreach, client impactCollaboration is more effective

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    WHY IS THIS VENTURE IMPORTANT?

  • Benefit to the general publicGo to site for community informationInformation from all agencies in one placeFaster access

    Benefit to the tech community Corporate social responsibilityOpportunity to try innovative solutionsCommercial uses of the application

    Benefit to the non-profit sectorImprove program delivery, outreach, client impactCollaboration is more effective

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/techbirmingham/76169852/

    WHY IS THIS VENTURE SOO IMPORTANT IT GETS TWO SLIDES?

  • Showcase your mad skillz

    Dont just write code, change lives

    Contribute to the Open Source Community

    Simplify the lives of Ontario residents

    WHY SHOULD I CARE?

  • Be part of a Social Tech community helping non-profit organizations increase impact and achieve social change

    Your set of skills is whats missing in the non-profit community, so come fill the void!

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    IMPLICATIONS

  • IMPLICATIONS (CONTD) Break away from the silo mentality, increase collective potential by working together

    Connecting people with the information and services they need, intuitively, easily

    http://www.northbaycouncil.org/x/images/hand_shake.gif

  • Roll up your sleeves and give us feedback

    We have only taken the first baby steps, help us achieve our vision

    Contribute, Criticize, Collaborate, come be a part of the action!

    WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

  • Clara Severino (U of T)clarasev@gmail.com

    Jane Zhang (Partnership Platform)jane@partnershipplatform.ca

    Marco Campana (OCASI)marco@ocasi.org

    CONTACT US