city data

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Uber and Lyft Worry They'll Be Forced to Share Ride-Hailing Data After Sharing Scooter Data

A fight over the travel data of shared use mobility companies is just starting in Los Angeles.

May 17, 2019 - Wired

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Resources for the Emerging Field of Urban Science

As city planners we are increasingly recording, measuring, and organizing city data—a practice known as urban science. Learn about resources across the globe helping to better understand our cities.

July 16, 2015 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Using Public Surveillance to Track Pedestrian Congestion

A startup called Placemeter is using public surveillance to track pedestrian traffic in New York City to provide real time information about wait times at services and facilities around the city.

February 18, 2014 - Fast Co.Exist

What the Data Says About Life in the City

Cities can be undersold or oversold in equal measure, but they never fail to present a shortage of data. With its #citydata series, This Big City explores the sometimes surprising facts about cities that emerge from the din of urban life.

January 17, 2014 - This Big City

Rio's New Citywide Control Room

IBM is partnering with the city of Rio de Janeiro to build a massive "citywide control room" to monitor and respond to emergencies.

December 28, 2010 - Fast Company

Gov 2.0 Grows

Gov 2.0 is on the rise, and an increasing amount of cities and groups are getting behind efforts to improve the way cities function by better processing their data.

December 23, 2010 - Fast Company

Connecting Coders and Cities

Urban Omnibus talks with Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America, a group looking to get the youth involved in developing computer programs and applications that help improve urban areas.

August 12, 2010 - Urban Omnibus

Tracking City Issues Through Read/Write Urbanism

Adam Greenfield looks at issue tracking systems for cities, and suggests that they can be taken a step farther by adding unique identifiers to urban infrastructure that automatically notifies city systems when problems arise.

July 8, 2010 - Urban Omnibus

Standardizing and Sharing City Data

New York City is moving forward with a plan to create a singular clearinghouse of public agency information -- an effort to help improve the way city departments work together.

June 25, 2010 - Urban Omnibus

City Data Visualization Tool Wins Journalism Prize

A visual city data mapping tool called CityTracking is one of the winners of this year's Knight News Challenge, a journalism competition that seeks out innovative communication ideas for the changing news media.

June 24, 2010 - Knight Foundation

How Cities Can Take Advantange of Their Data

Public data can be more than information for cities. Some have even used it to help generate revenue.

June 14, 2010 - Next American City

The Data-Driven Key to Unlocking New York's Congestion

Wired profiles Charles Komanoff, who's hoping to use his immense spreadsheet of New York City traffic data to clear the city's congestion.

May 26, 2010 - Wired

Opening Data Makes Finding Urban Solutions Easier

Next American City's Christian Madera reports on a series of seminars looking at how the growing open data movement is helping to offer cities solutions to some of their operational problems.

May 22, 2010 - Next American City

Tech Tools Have Revolutionary Potential for Cities

Governing's Stephen Goldsmith looks at the trend of smart phone applications related to city governance and civic improvement. He sees huge potential in these early stages of a trend that's likely to experience exponential growth.

March 25, 2010 - Governing

Charting Public Data Via Google

Google has launched a new experimental effort to visualize much of the public data it now searches and displays.

March 15, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

Opening Up City Data

Next American City columnist Christian Madera looks at new efforts to get local government to make municipal data available and accessible, and some of the ways reluctant cities can be convinced to open up.

February 24, 2010 - Next American City

Gunfire Detection System Aids Plane Crash Investigation

A gunfire detection tool used by the city of Palo Alto will be used in the investigation into a plane crash that killed three local auto executives.

February 22, 2010 - San Francisco Chronicle

Cities in the Emerging Age of Communication

We may not be driving flying cars, but the futuristic city is here -- in the form of a more intimate connections, communication technologies and social interactions. Former Planetizen Managing Editor Christian Madera discusses.

February 13, 2010 - Next American City

The Trouble With Government Transparency

Keeping government open and accountable has led to some problems for cities, according to John D. Donahue.

February 12, 2010 - Governing

Getting Smart About Sewage

This post from IBM's A Smarter Planet blog looks at how advanced monitoring techniques and analytics are helping to improve the management of sewage and wastewater in cities like Sacramento and Dubuque.

February 11, 2010 - A Smarter Planet

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