What’s Next for Data in 2017?

January 6, 2017 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

American cities have big ideas for how they’ll use open data in 2017: Nashville aims to publish a deep backlog of datasets online, while Topeka’s newly launched performance site will help agencies target their efforts. Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith predicts that in 2017, cities across the country will take on the role of data facilitator. Read more in this week’s news roundup:

Nashville open data initiative expands

“The Nashville Open Data Portal, launched in 2014, is designed to provide citizens and civic leaders access to a wide range of data. It currently has 95 data sets that provide access to an every expanding gateway of useful – and sometimes quirky – information. Some 70-80 percent of identified data sets maintained by local agencies have yet to be released. By next year, the city’s chief data officer hopes to roll out the backlog.” Read more from the Tennessean.

The Data Revolution Hits Kansas

“Deep in the heartland there’s a data revolution taking place. In a range of initiatives, municipalities across Kansas are mobilizing information to inform the citizenry and drive government performance….In Topeka, meanwhile, technology leaders recently unveiled a program that they say will allow government and citizens to tap data not just as a source of interesting information, but also as a spur to positive government action….The new performance metrics website incorporates information from across a range of government agencies and functional areas.” Read more from GovTech.

7 Likely Technology Breakthroughs in 2017

Former two-term Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith has seven predictions for how technology will change how the public sector does business, including open data high on the list: “Cities will branch out into the role of data facilitator, structuring more cross-sector strategic data-sharing arrangements that enable systemic visualizations, interventions and resource alignment. Implementation of standards for both internal and public facing data will create opportunities for this kind of information sharing in addition to cross-jurisdiction access.” Read more from Governing.

Vote for your favorite innovation of the year

“In the spirit of open science – a movement to make data and other information from scientific research available to everyone — the National Institutes of Health invites you to cast your vote and help us decide which of the projects competing for the Open Science Prize are the most innovative and most likely to have the greatest impact….In this competition, six finalist teams, composed of at least one U.S.-based and one international researcher, are using open data to improve human health. Open data refers to publicly-accessible data that is available for re-use by anyone.  The US Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency to NIH, is one of many government agencies around the world that has made health care data publicly available. You can find over three thousand health data sets publicly available via the healthdata.gov portal.” Read more from Philly.com.

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. Predictive analytics is the use of historical data to look for patterns and identify trends, which can be used to reorganize service delivery, anticipate future needs and prevent potential problems.” Read more from Data-Smart City Solutions.

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