By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 22, 2020

AMNY: NEW ESSENTIAL CONNECTOR APP RELEASED BY THE MTA TO NAVIGATE PANDEMIC

Currently, the New York City subway is closing for four hours overnight so the cars can be cleaned. This presents a challenge for essential workers, who can no longer rely on the previously 24-hour transit system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is mitigating this with the new Essential Connector app that connects essential workers with free rides, and provides data on bus stops and trains.    

 

UNICEF: REMOTE DATA COLLECTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DURING COVID-19

In this interview, experts in the field of violence against women (VAW) talk about when and why it’s important to collect this data, how to do it safely, and the relationship between public health crises and VAW. It is important that any current data collection builds on established expertise and safety measures; the experts all agree that having poor, incomplete data is worse than having no data at all, as it can skew policy and undermine prevention efforts.

 

ROUTE FIFTY: STATE AND FEDERAL DATA ON COVID-19 TESTING DON’T MATCH UP

The Centers for Disease Control recently launched a website with novel coronavirus test statistics on a state-by-state basis. However, this data does not match what states are reporting, with both over- and under-counts appearing in the data. Without having a single source of reliable information, it will be difficult to make informed, data-driven policy choices and understand the true scope of the pandemic. 

 

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: THE KEY TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL REMOTE ORGANIZATION? DATA.

As many workers have transitioned to working online, companies are discovering the pros and cons of working remotely. This article has recommendations from online-based organizations on how to make the most out of the current work situation and how to use data to guide decision-making, transparency, and digital literacy while working from afar.