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Data-Smart City Solutions
An initiative by the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School
and powered by Bloomberg Philanthropies

City Administration

What Government Can Do to Attract Top IT Talent

In the wake of a deadly fire, New York City officials set out to determine what buildings were most likely to burn. After an analysis determined tha...

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Civic Engagement

The Chicago Public Library Redefines its Role in the Digital Age

As global competition among cities grows, there is a stronger need for libraries—not as book repositories, but as learning centers for today’s knowl...

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Civic Data

#ThisWeekInData

Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis and Juliette Kayyem consider whether better data would have helped prevent the Boston Marathon bombing: “...

Mayors Challenge

One Bin For All: Houston Finds Hidden Value in Waste

Almost half of Houstonians cannot recycle curbside.  The City currently struggles to pay for waste and recycling services from its general fund, and...

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Civic Data

Building Data Standards

Civic data standards have become an increasingly hot topic in the world of data-driven governance, heralded as a way to bring clarity to what has qu...

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Chicago’s SmartData Platform

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Getting Big Data to the Good Guys

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Taking on Social Problems with Analytics