Louisville’s Innovative Project Uses Inhaler Sensors to Monitor Pollution

November 22, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

Speakers at the Big Data Summit spoke about how open data can be used to solve problems large and small. And in Louisville, Ky., that theory gets put to the test, with a new pollution-monitoring program linked to residents’ inhalers and publicly available data. Read more in this week’s Open Data Download:

Civic-Tech Movement Uses Data to Make a Real Difference

“At the fourth annual Big Data Summit, several speakers shared why they believe technology and open data can be used for everything from helping end world hunger to informing citizens about sewage in the Chicago River.” Read more from GovTech.

Groups optimistic of IT progress under Trump

“Donald Trump didn’t reveal much of a stance on tech and federal IT policy in his campaign to become the 45th president of the United States, but many industry groups are holding out optimism that his bullish demeanor and discontent with the status quo could translate into progress in how federal agencies buy, build and protect their IT systems.” Read more from FedScoop.

Connecting freedom of information to open data: How to build a better FOIA.gov

“In January 2017, the next White House will have an extraordinary opportunity to close the gap between open government data and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when it deploys a new portal, as mandated by the reforms that became law this summer. After Sunlight shared our vision for open government at the White House Open Data Summit in September, officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated with implementing FOIA reforms contacted us for more information about how that new portal should work. Here’s what we told them: Over the next year, the White House should move aggressively to ensure that all FOIA responses be published as open data on Data.gov — not in separate databases — under a “release to one, release to all” policy.” Read more from the Sunlight Foundation.

State CIOs sketch out priorities for Trump administration

“The National Association of State Chief Information Officers plans to release its advocacy priorities for the incoming Trump administration before the presidential inauguration in January. In 2009, when the Obama transition team was making plans for the White House, it had a team devoted to technology, according to NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. But there is no indication that Trump’s administration has set up a similar team, he said…Cybersecurity currently tops NASCIO’s advocacy priorities, and Robinson said he doesn’t expect that to change with the next administration. Other 2016 priorities include regulation, broadband and data sharing.” Read more from GCN.

CIOs, Time to Be ‘Enabler in Chief’ Instead of ‘Constrainer in Chief’

“The agency chief information officer role has gone through a few iterations over the years. Originally created as a IT decision-maker, CIOs today are tasked with more than just handling technology issues. They must lead and innovate in a time of stagnant or shrinking budgets, address crumbling and decades-old IT infrastructure, while also being prepared for the threats their organizations face from careless insiders and malicious outsiders.” Read more from Next Gov.

Predictive Analytics: Driving Improvements Using Data

“Governments today operate in an increasingly complex world, reflected in the volume and ubiquity of data produced by citizens and agencies, as well as the computing power to analyze it. In order to better understand and respond to citizens’ needs and allocate public resources more efficiently, governments must use predictive analytics to leverage this data and develop innovative solutions to contemporary urban challenges.” Read more from Data-Smart City Solutions.

Smart inhalers help monitor air pollution

“Clean air advocates in Louisville, Ky., have an unusual partner in their efforts to influence local environmental policies on air quality and pollution — the sensors on asthma inhalers. Officials in the city, which frequently sits in the top 10 of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s Allergy Capitals lists, hope to use inhaler data in combination with weather and air quality data and demographic information from federal sources to inform policies that would reduce pollution.” Read more from GCN.

Experts Advocate for Continued Focus on Data-Driven Education

“Experts are optimistic about the future of data-driven education, given that teachers are provided the appropriate training. Schools are using data to move toward personalization, evidence-based learning, efficiency, and continuous education, according to a report from the Center for Data Innovation.” Read more from MeriTalk. 

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