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Data-Smart City Solutions

Our Mission

Data-Smart City Solutions is working to catalyze adoption of data projects on the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field. We highlight best practices, top innovators, and promising case studies while also connecting leading industry, academic, and government officials. Our research focus is the intersection of government and data, ranging from open data and predictive analytics to civic engagement technology. We seek to promote the combination of integrated, cross-agency data with community data to better discover and preemptively address civic problems. This website and our broader campaign are housed at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, the preeminent voice for innovation in government.  Our funding is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  In the weeks and months to come, we’ll be reporting fresh advances in the big data phenomenon, profiling big data technology and municipal pioneers, and presenting case histories of the many community engagement and big data success stories reanimating our cities nationwide.

You can find more in-depth discussion of our mission here and here.

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Data-Smart City Solutions Staff

  • Project Director: Stephen Goldsmith
  • Project Specialist: Katherine Hillenbrand
  • Research Assistant: Laura Royden
  • Chicago Research Fellow: Sean Thornton