Category: Public safety

FSA publishes local authority food law enforcement information

The FSA has today published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2015/16. The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across

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How the Ghana Floods animation was created

(This article was first published on R – Data Science Africa, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) Ghana has always been getting flooded, but it seems that only floods in Accra are getting attention. I wrote about it here, and the

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A case for Data Science + Open Data

Carey Anne Nadeau is the Founder & CEO of Open Data Nation ( and created FIVAR ( Before founding Open Data Nation, Nadeau worked for the past decade doing quantitative research and analysis using open data at the Brookings Institution

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Launch of the updated Open Data Impact Map

At the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada in 2015 the beta version of the Open Data Data Impact Map was launched to provide governments, international organizations, and researchers with a more comprehensive understanding of the demand for

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Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data

The following post is based on a presentation to a Safe Routes to School National Partnerships webinar, “Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking.” The accompanying slides and t…

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Questioning Big Data: Crowdsourcing crisis data towards an inclusive humanitarian response

The aim of this paper is to critically explore whether crowdsourced Big Data enables an inclusive humanitarian response at times of crisis. We argue that all data, including Big Data, are socially constructed artefacts that reflect the contexts and processes

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Mexico’s future will be decidedly ‘Open’

Barbara Ubaldi, Head of the Unit, Digital Government, Open Data and Data-driven Public Sector, OECD and Arturo Rivera, Open Data Policy Analyst, OECD When hurricane Patricia made landfall near Cuixmala, Mexico, on the evening of October 23, 2015, it had

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Taking Predictive Analytics to the Beach

For Chicagoans, few things are as enjoyable as a day at the beach. That joy, however, is contingent on clean waters that are free of contaminants such as E. coli bacteria. This year, Chicago is piloting an analytical model to enhance

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Making Police Data Open: Use of Force & Complaints in Context

Last year, Indianapolis Police Department officers working the middle shift in the Eastern District received at least twice as many… Continue reading on Medium »

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Using open data to stimulate new methods of human rights monitoring

Open Schools Kenya, which uses data from multiple sources to map education institutions in the capital of Nairobi. The traditional strategy of monitoring human rights violations goes like this: Local and international human rights groups often focus on legal advocacy,

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