Open Data

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Washington DC Launches Open Data Chatbot

City data is now available literally at the public’s fingertips, no data analytics skills required.

March 31, 2024 - Cities Today

New York Construction

New Interactive Mapping Tool Tracks all of NYC's Infrastructure Projects, Housing Permits, and City Facilities

The New York Department of City Planning has taken its open data practices to a new level with the launch of the Capital Planning Explorer.

December 27, 2021 - New York Department of City Planning

Connected City

The Smart Cities Revolution Happened, but Cities Were Left Out of Loop

Cities have transformed in profound ways, but more recent changes were the last part of a series of technology waves.

February 19, 2020 - Governing

Personal Mobility

The State of Mobility as a Service Platforms

With so many new mobility options available in cities, mobility as a service (MaaS) platforms have a lot of work to do for a lot of people. Development is still catching up to the scope of the endeavor.

July 6, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Mississippi River

Monday Map: Water Infrastructure in New Orleans

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans has launched its first public dashboards to track its operations and initiatives.

May 20, 2019 - Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans

Chicago, Illinois

A Website to Report and Map Street Repair Work

The ChiSreetWork website, which updates the location of street repairs and was originally intended for internal use at City Hall, is now publicly available in Chicago.

April 25, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Transportation Network Companies

First City to Make Ride-Hailing Trip Data Public: Chicago

Data geeks in Chicago will get the first chance to crunch detailed data on transportation network company trips in their city.

April 16, 2019 - Streetsblog Chicago

Interactive Maps

Top Planning Websites – 2018

Planetizen's annual list of the most useful and innovative websites by and for planners (and every person interested in planning).

December 19, 2018 - James Brasuell and Chris Steins

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New Google Search Engines Opens Open Data

Finding the right data in an ocean of open data takes some Googling.

September 19, 2018 - Government Technology

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Three Ways to Make GIS as Powerful as Possible

These days, cities are expected to make the most of open data and spatial visualization technologies.

June 25, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

City Data Platform

Presenting Municipal Data in an Interactive Map, Nashville Style

The city of Nashville launched the NashView interactive data map earlier this month.

February 27, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Tile Vector

Mapzen to Close at the End of January

The mapping community was sad to learn this week that the Mapzen open source mapping platform would cease operation at the end of the month. Many of Mapzen's open source tools will live on, for those that now how to use them.

January 3, 2018 - Mapzen

London Underground

How London's Leading on Transit Data

Transport for London is forging ahead on several projects to collect and use more rider data. One initiative draws on WiFi connections to map users' paths through the London Underground.

December 13, 2017 -


The Young History of Open Data Leadership in Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh's Open Data project recently released a progress report to commemorate its first two years in operation.

November 27, 2017 - Data-Smart City Solutions

Suburban Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Takes Property Data Visualization to the Next Level

Not all property data maps are created equal.

July 26, 2017 - Data-Smart City Solutions

Interactive Feature

Who Recycles in Cincinnati?

A new CincyInsights dashboard shows recycling participation rates all over the city.

July 22, 2017 - City of Cincinnati

Dublin Skyline

Take a LiDAR Tour of Dublin

The potential of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data to redefine mapping and modeling will be on display in the city of Dublin, Ireland, after NYU researchers released the largest ever LiDAR data set.

July 14, 2017 - TechCrunch

A New Tool to Amplify the Power of Open Data

Open data that no one knows how to use is hardly open at all. A new platform from Esri aims to improve the situation.

July 14, 2017 - CityLab

Tappan Zee Bridge

A Better Way to Compare Cities

An online tool released three weeks ago by the Chicago Federal Reserve allows a more nuanced comparison between peer cities.

March 21, 2017 - Forbes

D.C. Streetcar

D.C.'s 'District Mobility': How Data Portals Are Done

Greater Greater Washington likes what it sees from the District Mobility data portal.

February 17, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

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