#ThisWeekInData May 2, 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.

As part of his vision of Boston as “inclusive, international, and innovative,” Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city is looking to hire a chief digital officer to revamp Boston’s digital presence.

Indiana state officials are preparing a giant database to track educational achievement for all of its students, including standardized testing, college degrees, and possibly jobs and salaries. The Indiana Network of Knowledge (INK) will share data among the Department of Education, Commission for Higher Education, and the Department of Workforce Development.

In an effort to avoid dangerous high-speed police chases, companies have been developing tracking devices police can fire at suspects’ cars. Ars Technica asks, Can cops legally fire GPS bullets?

The House approved the DATA Act, which President Obama intends to sign into law.

From our team

In Leading Data-Driven Breakthroughs, Steve Goldsmith writes on the true leadership in the digital age exhibited by officials at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Our Chicago fellow, Sean Thornton, reviews the many data and tech developments in the past year in Chicago: A Look Back at a Landmark Year.

In association with the ongoing Challenges to Democracy series, the Ash Center hosted a panel discussion and tweet chat on Harvard’s #Tech4Democracy movement. Browse some of the comments, and keep an eye out for a review of the discussions on the Challenge to Democracy site.