By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 3, 2013

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.

The National League of Cities and the Knight Foundation released a new reportBright Spots in Community Engagement, highlighting communities engaging their residents in new and exciting ways. New digital tools played a prominent role in these examples.

Mayor Michael Nutter recognized the one-year anniversary of Philadelphia’s open data legislation. Christopher Wink at Technical.ly Philly graded the city’s progress.

On Wednesday, the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School announced the Top 25 for the Innovations in American Government Award. Several of these innovative programs involve crowdsourcing, data collection and analytics, and smart infrastructure -- we’ll be covering those programs in more detail in the coming months.

Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco hosted an online budget town halla great example of how technology can facilitate greater community engagement.

New from our team:

Stephen Goldsmith published an essay on Economics 21, “The Role of Leaders in Improving Bureaucratic Efficiency.” He writes about how good leadership can make government far more effective, citing data analytics centers, community engagement through social media, and virtual collaboration platforms as examples.

HKS student Nick Carney wrote about the possibilities of the democratization of infrastructure maintenance given the success of the Adopt-A-Hydrant app launched by Boston in January.

The recording of our webinar with PTI and NLC was released. Watch to hear about how cities are using data analytics from our director, Stephen Goldsmith, and representatives of Louisville, Seattle, and IBM.

We began registration for our email newsletter, which will come out later this month.