Methodologies Behind Analytics Success Stories

The Data Innovation Day 2015, held on January 22, 2015 and hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Data Innovation, discussed topics about the economic and social opportunities made possible by data-driven innovation. The event questioned data insiders about savvy methodologies in analytics. And the panelists, drawn from both the private and public sectors, were tasked with elaborating on a … Continue Reading »

The downside of Open Data

I recently read an article at FutureGov written by Joshua Chambers about the downside of OpenData: Inaccurate public datasets can cause big problems, because apps that feed off of them could be giving out false information. I was struck by this when we reported on an app in Australia that was issuing alerts for forest fires that didn’t … Continue Reading »

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute published a new book called What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, which “outlines opportunities and challenges for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, and build stronger communities. It is a response to both the explosive … Continue Reading »

Smart Public Safety in New York City

Rudolph Giuliani, who became mayor of NYC in 1993, and William Bratton, the New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner, jointly revolutionized policing in New York. Their approach was based on actively preventing crimes, rather than reacting to criminal activity. The model they implemented, CompStat (COMPuter STATistics or COMParative STATistics), strategically uses data to fight against … Continue Reading »

How to Fingerprint a City

I found an interesting post from Frank Jacobs on how to create a fingerprint of a city. It is based on a paper from Rémi Louf and Marc Barthelemy that was published in arXiv in October 2014. From the post: Thanks to Big Data, a new “Science of Cities” is emerging. Urban processes that until now could … Continue Reading »

Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who … Continue Reading »

Turning vehicles into WiFi hotspots

João Barros, the former national director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, and Susana Sargento, a professor at Portugal’s University of Aveiro, have launched Veniam, a startup that harnesses public transportation fleets to deliver Wi-Fi access to citizens. More and more cars are equipped with internet access, and the internet-of-things adds more devices to the internet … Continue Reading »

Smart citizens. How internet facilitates smart choices in city life

The Ericson Consumer Labs recently published a new report on how the internet facilitates smart choices in city life. The online study was conducted in September 2014 with 9,030 iPhone and Android smartphone users aged between 15 and 69. Respondents were from Beijing, Delhi, London, NewYork, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Stockholm and Tokyo, representing 61 million citizens.  The … Continue Reading »

CitySDK Cookbook: Harmonizing APIs across cities

WaagSociety published their CitySDK Cookbook. About the CitySDK: CitySDK is a “service development kit” for cities and developers that aims at harmonizing application programming interfaces (APIs) across cities. CitySDK APIs enable new services and applications to be rapidly developed, scaled and reused through providing a range of tools and information for both cities and developers. CitySDK … Continue Reading »