As I was preparing a presentation on DIYcity recently, I started thinking about the idea of a "do-it-yourself city", a city that tunes into its own data to create services and tools for residents without relying on government, and without needing big budgets to sustain itself. What would such a city look like? What services commonly offered by cities are things that could be extended, improved, even replaced entirely with a Do-It-Yourself framework? What would a 1.0 version of a DIY City look like?
In the process of thinking about this I visited Wikipedia's page on Public Services. Their list of public services includes:
Public information and archiving, such as libraries
From that and other sources, I came up with my own list of services that I thought were really ripe for DIY-ification:
...with the following subsets to each category:
Transportation - subway + bus scheduling, accident alerts, traffic control + routing
Police Services - crime alert, crime prevention, crime awareness
Emergency Care - crisis detection, response, evacuation
Public Health - outbreak detection, public alerts, deterrence
Waste Management - recycling, reduction, location of hazards
...and that was what I presented as a list of low-hanging fruit for DIYcity-type initiatives. Sort of a first stab at an outline for a DIY City 1.0.
Of course, I'm always surprised on the site by the ideas other people have for DIY-type initiatives, and how different they are from my own, so this list is admittedly my own perspective, and not complete.
And now I'm thinking about this again, and I'm interested in putting together a roadmap of services that could be improved with DIY-type methods, to begin to really outline what a DIYcity 1.0 would look like.
So what do you think? Do you like my list? Are there things I'm leaving off?
If so, let me know. As part of the Next Steps for DIYcity, I need to create a finalized version of this "roadmap" to a DIYcity 1.0.