MIT researchers recently found that information about restaurants gleaned from review websites can be analyzed to determine a number of socioeconomic factors of a neighborhood, including the employment rates and demographic profiles of the people who live, work, and travel there. A report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explains that information from restaurant review sites provides similar data to that of an official government census—yet that can be more up-to-date and reliable than census data.
The State’s Attorney Office in Cook County, Ill. launched a new data dashboard that will give policymakers an unprecedented breakdown of information on felony crimes committed in the Chicago area’s 17 districts. The dashboard will have seven data-heavy reports that will be updated daily for users to view on a website. Additionally, the dashboard will provide information on the outcomes of cases as well as data on age and race of offenders and the frequency of sentencing types.
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: KANSAS CITY TAKES DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH TO ADDRESSING BLIGHT
A collaboration between the city and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Abandoned to Vibrant (A2V) Project, uses open data to map abandoned houses and tackle issues of neighborhood blight. In this article, GovTech reporters spoke with Jim DeLisle, director of Academic Real Estate Programs and associate professor of Real Estate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and Brent Never, associate professor of Public Affairs at UMKC, to learn more about the project.
GOV INSIDER: HOW SINGAPORE HOSPITALS ARE PIONEERING AI
The Smart Health Leadership Centre has been working closely with hospitals in Singapore to utilize AI, data analytics, and design thinking techniques to improve patient care after their visits. The technology has been used to target issues like fall prevention, vitals monitoring, stroke rehabilitation, and social isolation. While hospitals are reasonably concerned about the costs and ethics of using such technology, the Centre is confident there are ways to create meaningful impact on patient care.
JACKSON HOLE RADIO NEWS: INNOVATIVE MAPPING TOOL QUANTIFIES WYOMING’S BROADBAND NEEDS
Teal Wyckoff and the University to Wyoming’s GIS department partnered to create an interactive map that shows the results of internet-speed tests and broadband availability across the state. The map displays a color-coded dot for every speed test that has been completed in the state, creating a visual of served and unserved areas in addition to the quality of service at those locations. This tool will be incredibly helpful for improving broadband service in rural Wyoming, according to the state’s broadband manager, Russ Elliott.
SMART CITIES WORLD: ACCELERATOR AIMS TO CONNECT CIVIC TECH START-UPS AND GOVERNMENT
A technology accelerator, CivStart, wants to ensure government products aren’t created in a vacuum by providing government and industry guidance from the beginning. CivStart has launched with a cohort of ten start-ups who will go through an intensive product-development and mentoring program led by leaders from established companies and government to create products that serve the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved communities.