By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 14, 2021

STATE TECH MAGAZINE: CARLSBAD, CALIF., IS WORKING WITH RESIDENTS TO CREATE A CONNECTED COMMUNITY 

Carlsbad, a city of just over 100,000 residents in Southern California, is implementing new smart city measures like traffic sensors, public wifi, and smart water meters. A crucial part of this planning is community engagement, with each step of the process shared with residents in order to understand local opinions and ensure trust.

NEXT CITY: CITIZEN SCIENCE IS HELPING TACKLE STINKY CITIES 

Residents across the world are helping local municipalities visualize malodorous smells, in an effort to identify and eliminate the stink. By adding to a crowdsourced map, local users enter a geolocalized timestamp when they discover an unpleasant smell; by tracking this, municipalities can seek improvements in the environment, industrial operations, and damaged infrastructure. 

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE: USING DATA FOR RACIAL EQUITY 

In this podcast, researchers and experts in the field discuss the current emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the federal level. An important aspect of this is understanding how to obtain usable data, which can be used to identify racial inequities, guide data-driven policies, and track improvements.

COMPUTER WEEKLY: HOW THE BRITISH RED CROSS HARNESSED DIGITAL MAPPING HONED ABROAD FOR THE DOMESTIC COVID-19 CRISIS 

Pre-pandemic, the British Red Cross used geographic information systems (GIS) and mapped data on climate, medical, and humanitarian crises around the globe. Now, that same data-driven mentality and experience is being put to use in the country as the Red Cross helps create a COVID-19 Vulnerability Index and other digital maps that use data to understand the risks and impacts of COVID-19 in Britain.