January 1st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Floodlight is a web-based platform for telling community stories from people, places and organizations around the Denver metropolitan area.  The project was originally supported by The Piton Foundation and funded in part by a grant received as part of the Knight Foundation Community Information Challenge. Role Lead developer Details Since many of the stories told […]


March 28th, 2011 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Testament is a Django-based prison book project management application originally written by Andrew Badr. It lets volunteers track sent and returned packages and inmate requests in the hopes of minimizing delays for inmates and helping the book projects evaluate their services for themselves and funders.  It is used by the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project […]

Draw the Line Midwest

December 31st, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Open source mapping software allowed users to view state and federal legislative districts and draw their own district plans during the 2010 redistricting process. Role Integrating developer Details I deployed and customized instances of the open source District Builder software for a number of Midwestern states.  Users could view existing districts or create new district […]

Paying It Forward

October 29th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This was originally posted on the Local Fourth blog as part of my participation in a community media innovation project at the Medill School of Journalism. I’m finding the word community increasingly confusing, especially when navigating the world of hyperlocal publishing.  When someone says community, do they mean community like the city of Evanston, or […]

Finding duplicate records in a books to prisoners database application

December 9th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

High on my list of neglected tech. projects is the Testament books to prisoners database web application.  This is the database program that projects like the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project use to track packages sent and returned and books requested in the hopes avoiding delays in delivering books to incarcerated people and to provide […]

Custom django-admin commands and PYTHONPATH

November 20th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Note to self:  If you want to make your custom django-admin command work, you need to have your django app in your PYTHONPATH.

Django: Querying data from the Python shell

April 13th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I needed to get some stats for some research that we’re doing and was happy to see that you can use Django and the python shell to query testament data in a way that’s database independent.  It’s a little unintuitive if you’re thinking in SQL mode, but it is usable and super-helpful.  I wanted to […]