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25 before and after of New York City’s Most Transformative Road Diets
so wonderful to see a city like NYC go on a car diet and make it for walkable.
nycTWG’s letter to de Blasio on technology and transition
We write today to draw your attention to the historic opportunity the de Blasio administration has to harness the explosion in everyday Internet and mobile technology. This new technology can help the average New Yorker get the greatest benefit from their city government, and help your administration better marshall the city’s resources to serve the public.
As a candidate for mayor, Bill de Blasio told technologists:
“I believe there should be a top-level position that oversees technology and innovation at a citywide level, across agencies. Titles can be sorted out post-election.”
We agree. There is a clear need for the de Blasio administration to do what large businesses and the federal government do, which is to effectively coordinate across agencies, to ensure that all agencies use the best practices in technology, procurement, and digital content management. Managing technology across all agencies is beyond the capacity and authority of a shared service agency like DOITT, and far exceeds the existing authority and responsibility of NYC Digital.
Our groups strongly support New York City’s open data law, and have seen how powerful it is to use technology for data analytics and performance management, both at City Hall and within agencies. The de Blasio administration should build on this by doing even more with data analytics, and by getting the greatest value from expensive data collection and analysis by making that information publicly available and usable. Pulling together the city’s disparate digital information and technology is a big challenge, but it is the operational underpinning of many of your policy goals.
We wish you good luck as you search for the next generation of technology and innovation leaders, and appreciate your consideration of our views.
The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation
“He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled.”
NYC Open Data Plan Dashboard
this is NYC’s Open Data Catalogue compliance dashboard. despite being several months late, super cool.
Swiss Car, Bike, and Pedestrian Crash Map – Schweizer Unfallkarte
Don’t get me wrong, this map is a great first start! While it is painful to understand that this map is a manifestation of lost lives and property, maps like this enable to turn software and data into dialogue to improve OUR STREETS.
BetaNYC’s testimony to the NYC City Council is exemplified in this map.
FIRST, if you use this map as a baseline to NYC’s crash map, it wouldn’t be possible to get down to the actual incident.
SECOND, you wouldn’t have the ability to see where on the road crashes happen.
THIRD, this data isn’t provided in realtime and must be refreshed by hand.
FOURTH, the data is “licensed” and is not available to third parties nor other developers to combine into more useful systems.
Kudos to the developers and liberators. You’ve given NYC a base point for discussion.
About the map.
The Swiss Crashmap is based on the accident register of the federal office for roads ASTRA. It contains all the 108’640 accidents registered by the police in 2011 and 2012 involving at least one vehicle. The data was collected by the police on the ground and anonymized by ASTRA.
The overview-mode only shows the black spots. By zooming in to street-level, the details of the different accidents are revealed. The causes of the accidents are deactivated in the detail-mode for legal reasons.
The map was created by the Swiss newspapers SonntagsZeitung, Tages-Anzeiger and Le Matin Dimanche in collaboration with the Resarch Centre Sotomo of the University of Zurich. The data is licensed by ASTRA and may not be used by third parties without agreement