Newsletter: Open Data - This Week's Discourse

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Cambridge, Mass Launches Open Data Portal 

Event 1/21 at CCTV

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the City of Cambridge will officially launch its Open Data Portal during a community training event held at CCTV, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, from 6-8 p.m.  This event, co-sponsored by CCTV, will include a brief overview of the Open Data Movement, a Q&A with members of the Open Data Community, and a hands-on training provided by representatives of Socrata, the cloud based platform powering Cambridge’s Open Data portal. Computer terminals will be available during the event, though participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to help ensure enough computers are available. This event is free and open to the public.

“Cambridge’s Open Data Initiative reflects the city’s commitment to using technology to increase accessibility to and transparency of information owned by the city,” said City Manager Richard C. Rossi. “Cambridge’s Open Data Portal is one means through which the city can foster engagement and collaboration with its citizenry.”

Need more details? Check out event announcement and Cambridge Open Data Portal.

Open Data Discourse Celebrates First Community Challenge! 

Missed it?  Check out Storify overview of Cambridge Safe Streets event.

Launching on November 21, 2014, ODD asked citizens to engage with open, public data about traffic accidents with pedestrians, bicycles, and cars, and respond with projects that aim to improve the public safety in the City of Cambridge Massachusetts. A team led by Kristofer Fosmoe, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Engineering Systems Division, was the winner of the Street Safety Challenge with their project detailing the concentration of 82% of bicycle accidents happening on 20% of roads.  His team, along with other winners took home $2500 in prizes.
In just over six weeks, the Challenge data was viewed more than 2,000 times (the most of any open dataset in Cambridge in 2014) and 8 submissions addressed policy-relevant issues such as how to format traffic accident data to enable trend analysis across the river into Boston, or how to reduce accidents and encourage cycling by having a parked car buffer.

A full press release of the event is available here