With thousands of abandoned homes located in neighborhoods of varying shape and character, Chicago has a massive challenge in returning its vacant properties to active use. Can algorithms help leaders decide on the right solutions?
Jul 23, 2013 Next City
Carl Skelton argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to participate fully in the digital cities of the near future.
Jun 28, 2013 Places Journal
An app for locating discarded tires and a program to map the condition of the city's sidewalks are two examples of local initiatives aimed at improving Atlanta's environment. With the Mayor's embrace, the city is trying to catch up to tech trends.
May 27, 2013 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Data collection and analysis promise to make our cities better, and more efficient, places to live. Though many cities are expanding their digital integration, several obstacles remain to realizing the full potential of the urban data revolution.
May 10, 2013 Governing
Alan Feuer profiles the work of New York City's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, a "geek squad of civic-minded number-crunchers" turning the city's trove of digital data into actionable information.
Mar 25, 2013 The New York Times
Researchers at the University of Chicago are tackling a problem that is confronting the globe's biggest cities: how to turn the reams of data being collected and opened to the public and turn it into actionable information for decision-makers.
Dec 27, 2012 DNAinfo.com Chicago
The "Best of" roll continues with Emily Badger's list of the most useful tools, maps and data visualizations to make use of municipal open data over the past year.
Dec 19, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
During the winter in Boston, school buses inevitably end up getting stuck in the snow. When that happens, the City wants to tell parents not only that students will be delayed by inclement weather but also how late their children will be. Opinion
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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.
Nov 15, 2012 Fast Company Co.Exist
Ben Hecht offers his insights on what civic leaders should do to capitalize on big data and how efforts in Chicago are turning these ideas into reality.
May 24, 2012 Huffington Post