As we pointed out in the Naming Scheme post, we gave each DataWell a "friendly" name.   Why?

  • To honor local residents and
  • As a way to "friend" DWs around the City.

And why would you want to be "friends" with a DataWell?

  • To track the hyperlocalized KNIs (Key Neighborhood Indicators) through a particular DW's website.
  • For wayfinding
  • For tracking hyperlocal offers and postings
  • For checkpointing

If you read "An NYCDataWell Story", you'll see how the Urbina family "friends" DWs throughout the City.  To track what's happening near work, school, the community center, and Abuela's nursing home.

As we keep exploring scenarios in this section of the site, you'll see how the Befriending concept plays a crucial part in the NYCDataWell proposition.

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Tenacious D

During one of our Reinvent Thursday earlier this year, we were brainstorming the dot.Community Bulletin Board usecase.

And John came up with this example, which is now a recurring joke in the team - "Gluten-free Guitar Lessons".

If and when the ReinventedPayphone does come about (hopefully, inspired by  NYCDataWell), we'll be looking for "Gluten-free Guitar Lessons." :)

What kind of sensors can be deployed in the City?

  1. CPS-enhanced location (location down to 1 meter, as well as altitude, and below-street level readings)
  2. Friend map states (“I need help (levels 1-10), “I’m OK”, “I’m lost”, “Mommy I’m here”, “Marathon mode”, “commuting to home/work”, “stuck in traffic”).  Friend map states automatically transition to different states based on algorithm/rules.  Can be in anonymous mode too.
  3. Citizen home/work locations.  This allows MTA to better plan rush hour patterns
  4. Ambient noise
  5. Cameras (picture and video for citizen reporting; augmented reality)
  6. Citizen identity information (for expedited access to secure areas, no need to fill out forms)
  7. NFC (for public transit ticketing, also as form of gov issued ID that private companies can use for authentication)At building entrances, tap NFC, this shows verified picture of bearer for guard to check, randomly checks with city-maintained auth server.  Businesses with high-security reqts can subscribe to mandatory confirmation service, another revenue source for the City, on top of which private security firms can build high security solutions.

In the pictures of the DataWell in its base plate configuration, you'll notice that it has two "names":

  • Pinpoint Name: 17:BWY:04 - which stands for 17th and Broadway, DataWell 4, and
  • Befriend Name: Gandhi

The Pinpoint name is straightforward enough and it echoes Manhattan's grid system.  The Befriend name is voted on by the community (perhaps, the local Community Board can organize this) when each DataWell is commissioned.

For the example above, we chose Gandhi because of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the southwest corner of Union Square on the intersection of, you guessed it, 17th & Broadway.

While we were brainstorming Naming,  we used Befriend Names like:

  • Jane (for Jane Jacobs) near her old house on 555 Hudson Street
  • Teddy (for Teddy Roosevelt)  His birthplace is just around the corner from Ecco Design's office
  • Dick (for Dick Clark) for a Times Square DataWell nearest the spot where they normally put up the New Year countdown stage
  • Ed (for Ed Koch) in City Hall Park.  And all mayors will have DWs named after them in the park.
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dot.Community Bulletin Boards.  Smart electronic bulletin boards that leapfrogs Craiglist and combines the familiarity of the Bulletin Board at your local grocery.

It can even allow Mom and Pops to place targeted ads.  Something that they cannot do with the existing payphones which are too expensive for the local store.

And why not give authenticated, local residents some escalated privileges so their listings get preferential access?