The Jersey City Interactive Budget was created by members of Open JC in collaboration with the mayor's office. The project's vision is to help residents understand the city's budget in a simple, visual form.
The interactive budget is based on official documents from the Jersey City website. The official documents on the city website are in PDF format, meaning they can be viewed but not searched or otherwise used for further analysis. Open JC members converted the 2013 adopted budget data to spreadsheets. The process started during the Hack Night on January 7th, 2014 and continued during the National PDF Liberation Event on January 17-19, 2014, where our project won the first prize! The machine readable data is available on open data portal.
We're trying to build a tool that's useful to all of Jersey City, New Jersey — community advocates, journalists, city officials, and the people they serve. We want your ideas.
Open JC: Akisia Grigsby, Valerio Luccio, Anna Lukasiak, Tom Lukasiak, Catherine Mulbrandon, Stephen Musgrave, Victor Olex, Joshua Parkhurst, Don Pflaster, Brigid D'Souza. Special thanks to Mia Scanga, CPA, for explaining to us how the budget works; Brian Platt from the mayor's office for collaborating on the project; and Candice Osborne, Ward E council woman, for her ongoing support for Open JC.