#ThisWeekInData March 21, 2014

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 General Services Administration has created 18F, an internal team of designers, developers, and other innovators. The in-house digital delivery team will focus on developing easy-to-use public-facing services.

Next City interviewed Erica Raleigh, director of Data Driven Detroit on how the standalone one-stop-data-shop is making information accessible – and legible – to those who need it.

Research by Matthew Gerber of the University of Virginia suggests that Twitter data can augment crime prediction.

One Degree wants to be the Yelp for social services. The new nonprofit seeks to unlock the expertise of individual social workers and help provide individuals and families with personalized recommendations to get the social services they need.

New from our team

At Governing, Steve Goldsmith wrote on the success of the Bryan Park Business Improvement District (BID) in New York City. “The Bryant Park story,” he says, “shows how ‘owning’ an area (such as a park) and not a function (such as trash pick-up) with metric-driven management and employees focused on customer service can produce huge improvements.”

Charles Chieppo covered New Orleans’ data-driven efforts to reduce blight. BlightSTAT and New Orleans residents have helped Mayor Landrieu surpass his campaign promise, reducing blighted properties by about 13,000 since 2010.

In continuing coverage of January’s Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group, Stephanie Larkins wrote on how cities like Indianapolis use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to spur downtown reinvestment.

Anil Menon, President of Cisco Smart+Connected Communities delivered the keynote before the group. Matthew McClellan captured Menon’s thoughts on managing across boundaries and future-proofing cities.