Our data is in danger. Since the election, hundreds of scientists, librarians, academics, and technologists have formed a digital bucket brigade, archiving climate and environmental web sites and data sets that might get scrubbed by the Trump Administration. This isn’t an exaggeration: Facts that don’t support the administration’s views are already in the crosshairs. Bills were recently introduced in Congress that would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development from maintaining its database on community racial disparities. Content about the connection between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change has already begun disappearing from the EPA website. And the US Department of Agriculture recently pulled down reports on animal welfare.
Last week, New Orleans held an event to preview three datasets on policing they plan to open to the general public (use of force, 911 calls for service with arrival times included, and field interview cards). At the event, city officials worked with a group of young coders to build apps powered by this newly unlocked data.
Read more in this White House Office of Science Technology & Policy blog post by Denice Ross and U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil…
Rising ninth-grader Demond Fortenberry opened his first city data set: “Use of Force” records created by the Public Integrity Bureau at the New Orleans Police Department. As part of a three-day event engaging youth to build apps on top of soon-to-be released policing data sets, he was one of the first New Orleanians to ever see these records.
The story of eight years of progress toward open data in New Orleans, and how using a lean startup approach with the Code for America team to develop a thin, lightweight, public-facing app influenced the data architecture of the city’s enterprise land management application.
Christian Madera interviews Kurt Metzger (Data Driven Detroit), Denice Ross (Greater New Orleans Community Data Center) and Amy Liu (Brookings).
“When it comes to making cities better, accurate and abundant data are powerful tools. In New Orleans and Detroit, which share many challenges — including vacant property and high crime and poverty — open data can help citizens improve their communities, officials strategize for effective change, and foundations and developers identify investment opportunities.”