Crisis Text Line helps teens in crisis by providing access to a trained professional counselor via the medium they are most comfortable with: texts. The Crisis Text Line has anonymized metadata on over 3000 conversations.
Develop a better script to convert address data to BIN and BBL
Citizen reports -- including noise complaints, crime reports, trash citings, building safety, etc. -- use addresses, aka geocodes, to identify location. MODA, tasked with analyzing and aggregating data across the entire city, needs to convert geocodes to BIN and BBL in order to generate analyses that can get at the heart of real change. Nearly every MODA analysis starts with the conversion from geocode to BIN and BBL, and the process could use a revamp.
There's a SAS script currently written to convert Geo to BIN and BBL, but it could use improvement for both speed, clarity and reliability. The Data Scientists at a 'Dive could be the perfect saviors to tackle the problem -- possibly reframing it in R or another open source fashion, and nailing the algorithm.
If they can beat the current procedure, volunteers can make an impact on every single city-wide analysis conducted by MODA and NYC. Imagine MODA can do twice as many analyses, leading to twice as much monetary or social impact, or other types of metrics. Furthermore, diving into this conversion is a process which can have positive implications for cities across the country.