By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 17, 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.

New York City announced the Risk Based Inspection System, which uses data analytics to predict fire risk in buildings to prioritize inspections. The system is a great example of the insight that comes from integrating data across departments. Steve Goldsmith wrote about this project when it was just a pilot in 2011.

The government data community continued to analyze the implications of the new Executive Order, “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.”  Júlia Keseru and Laurenellen McCann of the Sunlight Foundation wrote an interesting post comparing the U.S. policy to others around the world and at different levels of government.

Code for America’s Hannah Young wrote about the “10 Ways Civic Hacking is Good for Cities,” which include creating space for innovation and engaging digital citizens.

New from our team

Susan Crawford wrote a guest post, Sensor Networks and City Services, analyzing the possibilities and privacy implications of smartphone technology.

Steve Goldsmith published Principles for Regulatory Rationality, part of his series on government efficiency. He writes about the role of technology in improving regulation, including automated and online permitting systems.  

HKS student Ben Weinryb Grohsgal wrote about how social media and 311 can serve as alternate channels of communication during disasters, allowing more effective and properly prioritized emergency responses.

Nick Carney, an HKS student, wrote about how analysis of cell phone data in Côte d’Ivoire revealed how small changes to bus routes could produce large efficiencies.