December 3, 2015


WHLGBTQ Tech and Innovation Summit 2015

Live Project



Using information from the Public Safety Data Portal to visualize law enforcement-community interactions and allow community members to have a voice.


Historical Context

What we hope to accomplish with the Green Book App is to be an extension of what was called the “Negro Motorists Green book." The Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guidebook for African Americans, commonly referred to simply as the Green Book. It was originated and published by New York City mailman Victor H. Green in the United States from 1936 to 1966.

We aim for LGBTQ and PoC to be given the information needed to inform their interactions with local law enforcement, and provide an opportunity for members of these communities to give feedback on those interactions.

We aim to do this in a few ways:
  • Creation of API from Public Safety Data Portal
  • Data Visualization
  • Localization via Search
  • Collection and Aggregation of User Feedback


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Wireframes: Mobile Views

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wireframes designed by @rashidalwhite


# clone the repo
git clone git@github.com:yourname/green-book.git

# change dir to the cloned repo
cd green-book

# install dev dependencies
npm install -d

# install gulp cli
npm install -g gulp

# build bower/less files
gulp postinstall


Configuration (e.g. database and logging setting per environment) is stored in boot/config.js.


The wiki is the main source for additional documentation.




node app


DEBUG=* node app

Gulp tasks:

# Run 'bower', 'less', and 'jshint' tasks
gulp postinstall

# Runs 'build'

# Run jshint to check syntax of JavaScript files
gulp jshint

# Runs 'clean', 'bower', 'less', 'copy', 'imagemin', 'usemin-css', 'usemin-js', and 'usemin-jade'
gulp build

# Runs 'watch-noapp', running the app with nodemon and livereload
gulp watch

# Runs 'watch-noreload', and starts a livereload server to automatically refresh your browser when changes are done
gulp watch-noapp

# Watches changes to public assets (images, fonts, less/css, js, and jade files) and runs appropriate tasks ('imagemin', 'less'/'usemin-css', 'usemin-js', 'usemin-jade') to parse them
gulp watch-noreload

# Run less to create CSS files
gulp less

# Optimizes and copies images to 'assets/dist/img'
gulp imagemin

# Adds versions to JS files, copying them later to 'assets/dist/js'
gulp usemin-js

# Adds versions to CSS files, optimizes and parses images and CSS files as well, copying them later to 'assets/dist'
gulp usemin-css

# Adds versions to assets in JADE files, optimizes and parses assets, copying them later to 'assets/dist'
gulp usemin-jade

# Cleans 'assets/dist' and 'bower_components' directories
gulp clean

# Copies some static files (favicon, robots.txt, etc) to 'assets/dist'
gulp copy


Production environment requires that you have built out the "assets/dist" folder.

Build project with gulp.js:

gulp build

Now you can proceed to running in production mode with optional recluster support.


sudo NODE_ENV=production node app


sudo NODE_ENV=production node cluster
# kill -s SIGUSR2 %d


npm test


See "package.json" for a list of contributors. Learn how to add contributors using npm's docs.


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