Each week we will bring you a summary of what happened this week on our site, on Twitter, and in the wider world of municipal data. Suggest stories on Twitter with #ThisWeekInData.
At Wired, Mark Smith reassured us, “Don’t Worry, Big Data Hasn’t Jumped the Shark Yet.”Despite a spate of articles in publications as big as the New York Times criticizing big data’s lack of economic impact, Smith argues that the true challenges in discussion of big data are “the data scientist skills gap, our desire for instant gratification and the tendency to measure success and value purely in economic terms.”
At MIT Sloan’s Management Review blog, Renee Boucher Ferguson asks, “Does Data Have a Shelf Life?” Collecting and analyzing data can be costly processes. Recent research advocates for a model optimal knowledge refresh policy.
Following their April 2013 report on The Case for Strengthening Personal Networks in California Local Governments, the California Civic Innovation Project has published specific recommendations in “Creating Networked Cities.”
New from our team
Stephen Goldsmith wrote on the four stages of social media and government in “Building the Social Town Hall.” From a communications channel to a new social democracy, “social media tools…can harness the wisdom of crowds, improving government and involving citizens in a renewed democratic confidence.”
Goldsmith also wrote on the “Breathtaking Promise of 311” for Governing’s “Better Faster Cheaper” blog. The column builds on some themes of conversation during the Urban Policy Advisory Group convening held here in Cambridge at the beginning of August.
On this site, Ben Weinryb Grohsgal discussed the unique power of geospatial information to foster accountability and transparency in “GIS for Accountability.”
Guest blogger Steve Spiker appeals to governments to keep their geeks out of silos, explaining that implementing new or improved efforts isn’t as simple as “issue+data+geek=result.” “Don’t Silo Your Geeks!”