Open Data Science’s March Madness 2018 Bracket Update

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After 48 games and millions of busted brackets, the 2018 NCAA Men’s Tourney has been whittled down to the Sweet 16. And as expected, plenty of exciting matches occurred over the weekend. The most exciting being the most significant result of #16 seed UMBC’s triumph over #1 seed Virginia, the first time that’s happened in […]

Interview with Ross Taylor, Founder of Throne AI

Interview with Ross ...

In a previous post, I wrote about Throne AI, a sports prediction platform or “Kaggle for sports.” If you’re a sports fan and interested in using your machine learning abilities to predict the outcome of sports matches, then I highly recommend you sign up for Throne AI. After becoming obsessed with the platform, I wanted […]

Operation Data Liberation

Operation Data Liber...

I’ve had the opportunity recently to talk to people in several different city governments that are facing a common challenge — how to liberate operational data from a legacy system. This is a challenge that lots of city governments face, and it strikes me that there are some common lessons that can be derived from cities that […]

(Over)Simplifying Buenos Aires

(Over)Simplifying Bu...

This is a very rough sketch of the city of Buenos Aires: As the sketch shows, it’s a big blob of homes (VIVIENDAs), with an office-ridden downtown to the East (OFICINAS) and a handful of satellite areas. The sketch, of course, lies. Here’s a map that’s slightly less of a lie: Both maps are based […]

Open Data Reveals $791 Million Error in Newly Adopted NYC Budget

Open Data Reveals $7...

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of #ODSC The headline in a recent NYC press release caught my eye: “MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH SEARCHABLE OPEN BUDGET FOR NEW YORK CITY”.  I was pretty excited.  As mentioned in my talk on Ted, NYC has entombed this data in PDFs for years, making it […]

The Pressure Cooker: Population Density and Crime

The Pressure Cooker:...

Do Higher Population Densities Increase Crime? Crime, particularly violent crime, is always prevalent in the public consciousness. At the same time, the UN reported in 2014 that population densities and the prevalence of urban areas continue to increase, with more than half the world’s population living in urban areas for the first time in history. The […]

The Changing Role of Government CDOs

The Changing Role of...

The title of “Chief Data Officer” – once an uncommon one in state and municipal governments – is becoming less uncommon. And that’s a very good thing for public sector innovation. As recently as a few years ago, Chief Data Officers were found almost exclusively in big city governments like Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. […]

The NYPD May Have Been Systematically Ticketing Legally Parked Cars

The NYPD May Have Be...

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of #ODSC Millions of Dollars a Year, and Open Data just put an end to it New York City is a complex place to drive.  And when it comes to parking, there are plenty of rules and regulations to follow.  It’s no wonder that sometimes […]

Philly’s New Mayor is Serious About Open Data

Philly’s New Mayor...

The big news recently in Philadelphia open data circles is the release of city employee salary information. For the first time ever, the City of Philadelphia will make public – in easily usable formats – salary information on every city employee, including elected officials. This data is now available for anyone to download freely from […]