By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 11, 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 biggest discussion in the government data community on Twitter this week revolved around the new Executive Order by President Obama, “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.” The order follows the May 2009 creation of Data.gov, a repository for government data sets.

Jerry Adler wrote about quantitative urbanism in Smithsonian Magazine, which he defines as "an effort to reduce to mathematical formulas the chaotic, exuberant, extravagant nature of one of humanity’s oldest and most important inventions, the city."

An interesting interview with Gavin Newsom, former Mayor of San Francisco, emphasized the connection between technology and civic engagement. Newsom said, “Our attitude in the past has, by default, been secrecy and closed systems. The default has got to be openness and active citizen engagement.”

Tod Newcombe writes on Governing about the increasing number of data projects in cities, the big data and open data movements, and the potential for sharing data and applications among cities.

New from our team:

Stephen Goldsmith wrote a feature on predictive policing, discussing how data analytics are transforming the way police departments operate.

HKS student Ben Weinryb Grohsgal wrote about how Miami-Dade county is bringing the public and private sectors together to improve information sharing during disasters.

We got multiple requests on Twitter for an RSS feed for the whole site, which you can find here. You can also find individual RSS feeds on each topic’s page.