Last week, New York City opened data from millions of taxi trips. 165,114,361 to be more precise. At a time when war rages between taxis and Uber, just a few days after the clash between NYC’s mayor DeBlasio and Uber, …

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As the creator of popular NYC blog I Quant NY, Ben Wellington has a knack for turning data scrapes into civic action.

Recently, New York and Chicago, each a leader in two important municipal reforms — the open data movement and centralized (311) call centers — released requests asking the private sector to help them build a platform more akin to Facebook than …

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Last year I attended a presentation of what it was supposed to be the new eGov strategy of a major Smart City. They presented to us the motivation, how much technology has changed from a web presence to multi-channel, multi-screen. …

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NYPD Slowdown Most Pronounced in Precinct of Eric Garner’s Death It has been about five months since the well-publicized police slowdown in NYC, where our officers heavily scaled back police enforcement.  They reportedly did so to protest a lack of support from …

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Mapping the United States of NYC Parking Tickets If you follow this blog, you know I can’t get enough parking ticket analysis.  One of my favorite posts tracked out-of-state drivers around the city using tickets, and found, for example, that …

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No one could ever accuse Michael Bloomberg of thinking small. The former New York City mayor has taken on national and global issues ranging from gun control to climate change, with varying degrees of success. Now, through Bloomberg Philanthropies, he’s …

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Safe Hallways, Successful Tests Every year, New York City public schools conduct an in-depth survey of their parents, students and teachers. According to the Department of Education, the survey, one of the largest of any kind in the nation, “helps …

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Measles Reporting and The Dangers of Semi-Open Data If you read local news, you might see headlines like: “Private schools putting NYC at risk for measles outbreak” in The New York Post,  “Immune to Logic: Some New York City Private Schools …

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