By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 24, 2019

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.

GCN: HOW MUNICIPALITIES CAN BRING THEIR SMART CITY VISIONS TO LIFE

As smart city planning continues to be a top priority for city and regional officials, this article outlines how to strategize these plans. Suggestions include conducting upgrades instead of full overhauls of existing services and infrastructure, and exploring a variety of funding options.

GOVTECH: NEW ORLEANS USES TECH TO CONSOLIDATE 911 AND 311 SYSTEMS

New Orleans and the Orleans Parish Communication District just made it much easier for public employees to more quickly and efficiently address 911 and 311 calls through service consolidation. This was accomplished through a new digital low-code application development platform, which allows all employees, even those without significant software experience, to use app development to improve their services.

FEDERAL TIMES: GSA WANTS TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT TALK TECH

On May 16 the General Services Administration announced that its Cloud Information Center (CIC)  is up and running, to help federal agencies access tools for market research and acquisition templates, plus collaborate with other federal employees. Private industry groups related to cloud computing and security will also be able to market their products through the CIC.

CITYLAB: DESPITE RESISTANCE, CITIES TURN TO DENSITY TO TACKLE HOUSING INEQUALITY

Facing a lack of affordable housing and rising income inequality, cities are turning to upzoning policies to increase housing density. Initiatives in places like California, Seattle, and Minneapolis have both fierce opponents and dedicated proponents, and the results in these cities will have significant influence on other places struggling with housing and population mismatches.

STATESCOOP: SAN JOSE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO INSTALL EARTHQUAKE SENSORS, EXTENDED PUBLIC WI-FI

In partnership with AT&T, the City of San Jose is upgrading its digital infrastructure with sensors that will increase WiFi access and detect seismic activity. The sensors will be located on streetlights and in public parks, and are part of a larger deal between the city and AT&T that is laying the groundwork for 5G service.

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: USING DATA TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE TO NEW YORK’S HOMELESS

New York Health + Hospitals is the safety-net healthcare system for New York City, which has the country’s largest population of people who are homeless. Using data science, a team from Health + Hospitals is identifying and “phenotyping” patients who are experiencing homelessness, to best provide appropriate care and community-based services, including housing.

GOVINSIDER: HOW GOVERNMENTS CAN BUILD BETTER SERVICES WITH BLOCKCHAIN

Many governments are researching and experimenting with blockchain, while simultaneously prioritizing citizen privacy. In this article experts discuss both the possibilities and the security of blockchain in different capacities around the world.