#ThisWeekInData February 20, 2015

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.

State Technology magazine reports on a recent report released by the research firm IDC that predicts that by 2018, cities and urban areas will account for at least a quarter of government expenditures on the Internet of Things. The report also predicts that mid-sized cities will increasingly embrace the technology.

In other IoT news, snow-pounded cities are turning to the Internet of Things to communicate with citizens about snow-removal efforts amid a seemingly relentless winter, Fortune magazine reports.

CityLab writes about how public transit agencies are grappling with whether and how to respond to riders who voice their frustrations with transit service on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Detroit became the latest city to launch an open data initiative. The city’s new open data portal is projected to include all financial transaction data by the middle of this year, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Seattle launched two new websites aimed at increasing transparency. Performance Seattle allows users to track the city’s progress towards its performance goals, and Open Budget lets citizens visualize information about the city’s finances.

Government Technology magazine reports on Philadelphia’s first-ever Innovation Summit, where the city announced that it has successfully piloted a next-generation 311 system, designed to increase citizen engagement and governmental responsiveness.

New York City is releasing new data on its Checkbook NYC portal, including information on subcontractor payments and female- and minority-owned business contracts, the news website CivSource reports.

New from our team:

Here on Data-Smart City Solutions, Rachael Stephens examines how human services administrators are using technology to bridge the gap between people and public services.