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IFTTT Smart City Data Integrator (SCDI) #3
IFTTT Smart City Data Integrator (SCDI) Project
IFTTT Smart City Data Integrator (SCDI) Project is a new medium for governments to deliver light touch digital services, that empower the citizen to customize their interaction with government while maintaining respect for their privacy. The IFTTT service has a tightly controlled user experience that allows us to present a consistent service to our citizens, in an era of poorly designed government app experiences. It enables us to democratize and operationalize data of all kinds to our citizens, solving a historic issue with Open Data, providing immediate and applicable value to the initiative. Louisville is the first government partner on this platform, which initiated the creation and adoption of Data Access Project by IFTTT.
The IFTTT Smart City Data Integrator (SCDI) Project is an open source API middleware that enables citizens to customize city data sources (Open Data, IoT, Smart City data) to fit their digital needs, using the IFTTT platform.
For example, Louisville Metro Government is exposing an in-house air quality API to this middleware, which connects to the IFTTT service. We have built a predefined applet that connects this to the service that Philips Hue has exposed to IFTTT. This allows the applet to trigger a color change on a Philips Hue lightbulb when the air quality changes. This is only one example, citizens can mix and match services as they like, adapting services in new and exciting ways.
Louisville Metro is currently exposing the following data sources to IFTTT:
Cities & Federal Agencies that have signed up to IFTTT due to Louisville's involvement:
Open Issues / Feature Requests:
After meeting with Linden Tibbets (IFTTT CEO), and some internal discussions with his team, they have committed to a hackathon for Oct/Nov, possibly a week long in length. Their entire team is very excited to contribute, and I'd like to get involvement from all different levels of government (city, state, federal/18f). I'm working on a contact for that.
In conjunction, we are planning a user stories session here in Louisville Metro to gather more ideas around what we could expose to IFTTT, and some applets that could be built around it.
One of the things I'd like to see, is a way to drop in a data.json from an Open Data portal into the IFTTT platform, and start building applets based off of data feeds found within. This would enable an explosion of applets on the part of governments everywhere, operationalizing Open Data, into something completely new... Open Applets (I think that name needs work)?
Hey all, we're getting this work codified on the wiki for this project. Take a look here: https://github.com/louisvillemetro-innovation/IFTTT-Smart-City-Data-Integrator/wiki
Meeting today with cities interested in participating: