#DataNews: Student Outcome Data, BigApps Award Winners, and Parking Costs in Boston

May 25, 2017 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

This week in data news, the Center for Data Innovation releases a report on 10 ways the U.S. government can take advantage of open data, including publishing the data that’s already available. In New York City, the BigApps Competition award winners are announced, Boston uses data to determine the cost of parking in the city, and a new bipartisan bill in Congress calls for tracking and sharing student outcome data. Read on for more of this week’s open data news.

NYC’s 2017 BigApps Competition Announces Winners

“Four apps were announced as winners Tuesday, May 23 at New York City’s 2017 BigApps Competition: DollarVan, On Board, Border Buddy and Kurtin, all of which fit into one of the three designated categories of knowledge, transportation and community resiliency.” Read more from Government Technology.

Using Data to Find the True Price of Parking in Boston

“The immediate ramifications of underpriced parking are clear: office workers elect to ‘feed the meter’ rather than park in garages, while shoppers, restaurant-goers and others making quick trips are pushed farther away from their destinations. In the streets, cars cruise for empty spaces, significantly contributing to congestion, pollution, and distracted driving. In Boston, lower meter prices mean less money for the city’s Parking Meter Fund, which is used solely for transportation-related purposes. Looking to interrupt this trend and increase parking availability, late last year Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the Performance Parking pilot, a collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), the city’s in-house research and development team; the Boston Transportation Department (BTD); and the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT).” Read more from Data-Smart City Solutions.

These Are the 10 Most Popular Datasets on the US Government Data Portal

“The US government’s data portal offers more than 150,000 datasets, and even these are only a fraction of the data resource available through US federal, state and local governments. Information riches offer boundless possibilities, but can be overwhelming….So here’s a kind of bestsellers list for data, the top ten data offerings on data.gov, as of today….” Read more from Forbes.

10 Steps Government Can Take to “Harness Power of Data” to Grow Economy

“Congress is overlooking many opportunities to have the federal government publish more of the data it already gathers, collect more data that can be put to valuable use, and encourage the private sector to make better use of data, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation, a data-policy think tank. The group outlines 10 steps Congress can take in 2017 to maximize public benefit by optimizing the way data is collected, shared, and used in the United States.” Read more from CPA Practice Advisor.

New Congressional Push for Student Outcomes Data

“A bipartisan group of senators will begin a push today to overturn a federal prohibition on tracking the educational and employment outcomes of college students. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), all members of the Senate education committee, are unveiling legislation that would allow the federal government, as well as families and prospective students, to obtain more accurate and complete data about whether students at a particular college, or in a certain major, graduate on time and find well-paying jobs, among other things.” Read more from Politico.

Transforming Service Delivery: State IT Must First Change Itself, Pennsylvania CIO Says

“In Pennsylvania, the state’s information technology shop has to change the way it does business if it wants to better serve the citizen, the state’s chief information officer said — and a recent initiative shows Pennsylvania is doing just that….To face that challenge in his state, MacMillan [Pennsylvania’s CIO] said he and his team have turned to a common identity and access management framework that will enable a common portal for citizens and business looking to do business with state government.” Read more from State Scoop.

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