Citizen Labs is a Grand Rapids, MI based organization that believes engaged citizens can improve their communities.
We work together with our community to use open data and open source technology to promote transparency, better understand problems, make better choices, and provide solutions that work.
We are developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers who volunteer to help local and state governments, and civic organizations.
- Open Budget: Grand Rapids: Launched on June 6, 2016, the Open Budget project promotes a deeper understanding of the city budget of Grand Rapids, so that citizens, officials, and other stakeholders can engage in more informed dialogue about how the City of Grand Rapids currently works and how it should in the future.
- Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Investments: The GR Parks Project launched September 2016 and uses open source OpenStreetMap and data from the City of Grand Rapids to show the parks of the City of Grand Rapids, the tax dollars invested in each park thus far, and details of updates made. The investments in our parks were made possible by dedicated property millage for capital and pool operations, and major repair and rehabilitation of parks and playgrounds that residents of Grand Rapids voted in favor of on November 5, 2013.
- Additional projects can be viewed on BrigadeHub.
Want To Help Your City? Good, we could use your help.
Work on your own project, join an ongoing project, or start researching a new opportunity.
Activities of Citizen Labs, such as "hack nights" are open events where individuals and groups of individuals can work, share, and learn in an inclusive environment; where everyone is treated respectfully.
Citizen Labs has a Code of Conduct that applies to our activities, events, and digital forums. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Check out our full Code of Conduct.
Come To Our Meetings
Check out our Facebook page for the next location and time. We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month. Some meetings are focused on a specific project, at others we organize our efforts and brainstorm new projects. Our meetings are casual and everyone is welcome to join. Food and drink are often involved.
Get Involved Online
Much of our work gets done in between meetings online. All of our projects and additional information about Citizen Labs are available on Github. Slack is used as our primary communication tool, join the conversation and chat with us. We also run an instance of BrigadeHub to facilitate project discovery.
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Contact us with questions [email protected], Twitter, and Facebook.