Matt Blair has been a freelance programming and consultant for fourteen years, with an increasing emphasis on Open Source Software over the last ten years. He has recommended and implemented systems using Firebird, PostgreSQL, Plone, Drupal, Wordpress, Django, and CouchDB.
In 2010, Matt’s “PDX Trees” iOS app, based on Heritage Tree data released by the City of Portland, won the “Most Appealing App Award” in the Civic Apps challenge.
His new Public Art PDX app, built in collaboration with the Office of Mayor Sam Adams and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, features nearly 500 works of public art throughout the Portland metro area. As part of this project, he is assembling a region-wide open data set, combining data contributed by multiple arts organizations, government agencies and the community.
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The traits of an 'open' dataset -- factors like accuracy, geographic scope and copyright entanglements -- shape the development process in profound ways. I'll share what I've learned building projects around heritage trees, public art and poetry posts in Portland, and extrapolate a blueprint for evaluating and planning open data projects.