#ThisWeekInData May 29, 2015

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With the rise of public cloud infrastructure and the growing Internet of Things, IT officials are channeling “shadow IT”--the unsanctioned use of public cloud infrastructure for collaboration or file sharing--to experiment and test new technology across departments in ways previously unimagined, GovTech reports.

Not only devices, but also the network supporting the Internet of Things will be mobile, says GCN. That’s the idea driving Veniam, a company that links stationary or mobile sensors in range of vehicles with wifi connectivity, creating an urban scanner with connected vehicles as mobile sensors to collect data about the city.

Cities are using new datasets, street sensors, and accident maps, like WalkSaferNYC, which highlights dangerous intersections, and allows users to view occurrences based on accident type and time of day, to reduce the number of fatal intersection accidents and make our streets safer nationwide, Route Fifty reports.

In an age of retail governance, business sense that’s good for the bottom line can also serve the public good. What’s most fundamental to serving citizens well? Nextgov says why CX is critical to good governance.

GovTech reports expert advice on how civic tech firms, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits--who are pushing state and local governments to open up more datasets based on national standards--can get value from open data.

Following the formal launch of the White House’s Police Data Initiative, the Sunlight Foundation released summaries of a preliminary gathering of partners in the Initiative that outline challenges and solutions across areas critical to law enforcement data collection, analysis, and release. And Code for America shared its Police Open Data Census--a collection of the police interaction data sets they’ve found so far--and encouraged others to contribute.

Built for a different time, legacy enterprise content management (ECM) systems have been left behind by the rise of mobile, social, and cloud technologies that have transformed the way government works. Remote capable consumer devices and applications have increased demand for seamless content access in public sector IT, so GCN lays out a new approach to ECM that helps agencies keep up.

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Here at Data-Smart, Harvard Sociology Phd student Laura Adler reports on a competition hosted by Harvard iLab based startup, Data Driven, in partnership with Yelp, that developed algorithms that predict potential health code violations and help Boston officials more effectively target their inspections.

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