Each week we will bring you a summary of what happened this week on our site, on Twitter, and in the wider world of civic data. Suggest stories on Twitter with #ThisWeekInData.
Writing in Government Technology, MetroLab’s executive director highlights the Green Infrastructure Living Laboratory as the Innovation of the Month. Through this program, the City of Philadelphia and Drexel University have partnered to deploy sensors that will collect real-time data on green infrastructure in the city.
Here on Data-Smart, we published an updated version of our map of Chief Data Officers from across the country. The map includes each leader's organizational location, responsibilities, key initiatives, and more.
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University published a new report, “Assessing the Assessments: Lessons from Early State Experiences in the Procurement and Implementation of Risk Assessment Tools.” The report highlights four case studies of risk assessment tools and presents a framework for government procurement of such tools.
StateScoop reports on the launch of the new Code California website, a project of the California Government Operations Agency. The website will host all of the state’s open-source projects to allow for reuse across the government.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation published a new case study, “How Shared Data Helped Link Housing Conditions and School Readiness,” which looks at the ways integrated data enabled the community in Cleveland to understand and address the linkages between housing conditions and educational readiness.
Ash Center Fellow Amen Ra Mashariki wrote about the value of a data-driven "ecosystem of solutions" model for understanding the challenges of homelessness. He argues that such a model would allow for accurate measurement of the impact of any solution or service, and the interactions of the many solutions in the system as a whole.
The Sunlight Foundation launched the Roadmap to Informed Communities, a new set of tools focused on how local government can effectively engage the community in open data efforts. The toolkit includes case studies of pilot projects from the past year and a library of user personas for open data.
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a collaborative of local data intermediaries, published a new guide detailing a five-stage process for effectively involving students in community data services. The guide is based on the work of NNIP members from across the country