PHLASK: An Ecosystem For Finding and Sharing Resources in Philadelphia Update #3
The PHLASK Project continues to evolve as new collaborators get involved and contribute to the water sharing initiative.
Taylor Johnson has taken the lead on our GIS mapping and database. His work has been an asset to the project. We are currently in the process of upgrading the mapping features to be more dynamic and integrated to our database of water-sharing locations.
Both the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) enthusiastically support the initiative. They are working to help us cull data from different City departments that can be compiled into the PHLASK water-sharing network.
Water Tasting / Testing Event:
We will be having an event at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to do a water tasting/testing event to try and dispel misconceptions about the public water system with data. Mural Arts' group Trash Academy will contribute programming around the waste generated by single-use plastic bottles.
We are looking to build capacity in the following areas:
- UX/UI development - improve how the data is displayed on the map
- PHP/Wordpress wizardry - integrate the map into the website and automate some of our databasing processes
- General marketing - add new sites to the PHLASK network of water-sharing sites and spread the word about water-sharing.
Taylor and I will be attending the Meetup tonight, January 30, to talk more about the project and solicit interest from the Code For Philly community.
All the best, Billy
P.S. Please feel free to join the #PHLASK channel on Slack to join the discussion and follow the project!