By Data-Smart City Solutions • December 4, 2020

WIRED UK: OSLO GOT PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST DEATHS DOWN TO ZERO. HERE’S HOW 

Data shows that the “pedestrianisation” of Oslo, which decreased reliance on cars and increased both walking and biking, has successfully eliminated pedestrian deaths. With no traffic fatalities in 2019, the city is only one step away from achieving Vision Zero, a standard set by an international initiative that aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths. 

LAKE COUNTY NEWS: THE OPPORTUNITY PROJECT HELPS CREATE TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES 

By combining the power of federal open data and the creativity of community members in 12 week long sprints, The Opportunity Project (TOP) fosters innovative digital solutions to important national challenges. This year, teams are focusing on the environment and sustainability, including ocean plastic and sustainable rural development. Over the past five years, TOP teams have created “more than 140 new open data digital tools, including apps, websites, mapping tools, data visualizations, games and more.”

 

AI NEWS: CDEI LAUNCHES A 'ROADMAP' FOR TACKLING ALGORITHMIC BIAS 

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) is the United Kingdom’s governing body that oversees the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence, data, and new technologies. The CDEI’s recent review on algorithmic and data bias reported the highest risk of bias in areas like policing and financial services; the report concludes with several key takeaways to address and diminish these biases.

THE JOHNS HOPKINS NEWSLETTER: MAPPING AND COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE 

This article discusses how to blend rigorous scientific research and community engagement by involving residents and community-based organizations in neighborhood-based research and data analysis. Environmental justice requires scientific literacy, trust, and people-driven data work in order to help those most affected by pollutants and other environmental injustices. 

THE BALTIMORE SUN: BALTIMORE COUNTY EXPANDS OPEN DATA PORTAL TO INCLUDE COUNTY SPENDING DATA ‘DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL CHECK’ 

Baltimore County is taking steps to increase transparency and data sharing with their new Open Checkbook, an interactive tool that allows residents to search for specific programs or services and see their individual spending.