By Data-Smart City Solutions • July 26, 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 White House honored 15 “Champions of Change” in open government and civic hacking.

John Kamensky wrote on NextGov the “Five Ways to Create a Data-Driven Culture in Government,” which include increasing use of existing data and creating incentives to use evidence.

Forbes wrote about the future of sensors on city streets, quoting Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein as saying, ““We want to be able to measure bikes, pedestrians, transit users, everybody. We’re no longer just going to measure cars.”

The Smarter Planet blog interviewed Rachel Haot, the Chief Digital Officer of New York City, about the City’s many digital projects. She identified Internet access, STEM education, open government, engagement, and economic development as the key tenets of NYC’s digital strategy.


Will Cook examined San Francisco’s performance measurement efforts, the fourth in a series looking at the topic in a variety of cities.

Research Fellow Sean Thornton wrote about the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, a University of Chicago program that matches data science students with social issues in Chicago.