Small Cities Get Smart

A new web-based software, described as a "Google Analytics for local governments," allows smaller cities to get involved in the Gov 2.0 revolution, reports Ariel Schwartz.
November 15, 2012, 5am PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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We've seen a lot of reporting recently about the ways in which Big Data is transforming how big cities across the world manage their systems, improve their operations, and interact with their constituents. But what about all those smaller municipalities that "could benefit just as much from data tools that let them track and measure performance"?

According to Schwartz, "[a] new startup called Revelstone, which offers web-based analytics software that allows both cities and towns to track their operating performance and benchmark with other local governments, hopes to help."

"Revelstone's software, Compass, lets municipalities track key metrics in a variety of areas, including sanitation, police, fire, and road issues," in order to help officials track three key questions: "how am I doing today, what could I be doing better, and what can I learn from my peers?"

"That last point is important," says Schwartz. "In addition to providing municipalities with data analyses of their own performance, Compass also spits out the statistics of similar municipalities everywhere."

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Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in Fast Company Co.Exist
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