By Data-Smart City Solutions • July 9, 2021

STATE SCOOP: L.A. IS 'DEMOCRATIZING' OPEN DATA WITH NEW COMMUNITY PLATFORM

The city of Los Angeles is launching a new data platform called Know Your Community, which uses interactive maps, graphs and charts to share information with the public about their neighborhoods, including 311 service requests, demographics, and public safety information. Through community engagement work, the city determined that folks wanted to easily find and understand basic information about assistance programs, local events, and safety. 

NEW YORK TIMES: TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF INDIGENOUS DATA SCIENTISTS 

Data collection practices — scientific, cultural, and demographic —  have often marginalized, exploited, and/or ignored Indigenous communities. The concept of Indigenous data sovereignty means that nations have “the right to govern the collection, ownership and application of their own data,” and more Indigenous folks are studying data science in order to achieve data sovereignty and create better practices for collection and research. 

KNIGHT FOUNDATION: BUILDING A MORE CONNECTED AND INCLUSIVE CHARLOTTE THROUGH DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT

In the past several years, Charlotte, North Carolina has been growing rapidly, and is subsequently experiencing higher rates of gentrification than before. With assistance from the Knight Foundation, the city is creating eight new digital-engagement initiatives focused on advancing economic mobility, increasing community engagement, and strengthening racial equality. 

THE GUARDIAN: US NEEDS 30M NEW TREES TO COMBAT SHADE DISPARITY, STUDY FINDS   

As record-breaking heat waves sweep the country this summer, American Forests just released its first-ever national tally of trees, the Tree Equity Score. Using several different metrics, like socioeconomic data, age, population density, surface temperature, and existing tree cover, the group outlined 20 major cities that stand to gain the most health, equity, and economic benefits from increasing tree cover in urban areas.

RESULTS FOR AMERICA: CLOSING THE DATA GAP: HOW CITIES ARE DELIVERING BETTER RESULTS FOR RESIDENTS 

A new report from What Works Cities and Deloitte outlines significant progress made by cities across the country in the area of data-driven decision making. Public engagement, data sharing and transparency, and performance management have all increased and improved over the last several years as cities utilize data when policymaking.