Mike Flower’s work isn’t sexy, but it is the best example of #Gov20 at work. Another great video of his is from DataGotham 2012. Clogged drains + Waste Pickup + BioFuels = win, win, win! 

These two videos are a must for anyone who is trying to understand data science within Government.

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Mike Flowers, Director of the City’s Policy and Strategic Planning Analytics Team, explains how the city has been using building data to crack down on illegal apartment conversions, which helps prevent fires. As a result of this effort, building inspectors saw a five-fold increase in the uncovering and remediation of illegal conversions. 

…I have been guided by the standard John Winthrop set before his shipmates on the flagship Arbella three hundred and thirty-one years ago, as they, too, faced the task of building a new government on a perilous frontier. “We must always consider”, he said, “that we shall be as a city upon a hill—the eyes of all people are upon us”. Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us—and our governments, in every branch, at every level, national, state and local, must be as a city upon a hill — constructed and inhabited by men aware of their great trust and their great responsibilities. For we are setting out upon a voyage in 1961 no less hazardous than that undertaken by the Arbella in 1630. We are committing ourselves to tasks of statecraft no less fantastic than that of governing the Massachusetts Bay Colony, beset as it was then by terror without and disorder within. History will not judge our endeavors—and a government cannot be selected—merely on the basis of color or creed or even party affiliation. Neither will competence and loyalty and stature, while essential to the utmost, suffice in times such as these. For of those to whom much is given, much is required…