New York City Council members are taking one more crack at improving the city’s open data policy, passing two more bills to improve agency accountability and bolster citizens’ access to the data made available under open records laws.
The EU-funded ICITY project – which was extended last year to run until September 2015 – offers public authorities and innovative urban-focused start-ups everything they need to create apps that boost business, improve public services and attract investment. Although the project is now officially completed, the iCity Platform will continue beyond 2015, helping developers to create innovative services of public interest through the sharing of ideas and information.
Now scientists are using data not only to monitor climate change but to help provide solutions. Combining data science with climate science may be our best hope to reduce greenhouse gasses and to survive the climate changes already under way. In a special session on climate data held in Paris, Dr. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, identified three emerging uses for data: For international engagement, adaptation, and mitigation to fight climate change.
2015 was a tumultuous year for Big Data, with highs continuing to dazzle us with the potential world-changing power of data and analytics. At the same time there were plenty of lows serving as ongoing warnings that much is still unknown about exactly how it will end up changing the world. So here’s a quick review of the year, highlighting what I think were the most important or newsworthy stories in the world of Big Data and analytics over the last 12 months.