Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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I had a chance to attend an excellent meetup of the Chicago City Data User Group last week, which focused on Chicago's contribution to the Code for America Summit: The Code for America Summit is THE annual convening for civic technology. This year’s summit (which took place in San Francisco in September) saw 800 government, tech, and civic engagement leaders from dozens of cities to talk about...

In an excellent post, CIO Isaac Sacolick asks, what technologies work best for decentralized data scientists? It's a great question.  As he aptly describes it, working with data in a decentralized environment presents a challenging scenario: But what happens when these resources are scattered across multiple departments. One department may have an expert data scientist, another may have a small group doing internal reporting, and a third group...

Recently, we've been seeing a lot of news about the promise of emerging applications for machine vision. Much of it's at the trial stage at this point, particularly with Google Glass and related projects.  For instance, the police in Dubai are testing facial recognition on the streets, ER doctors are exploring uses for quick access to critical medical records and Walgreens is experimenting with augmented reality in stores. Even...

There's a burst of really interesting things happening in data science these days.  One of the more exciting ones is the growing movement to utilize open data to make government more responsive, accountable and effective. The floodgates of civic data are wide open, and a wide range of significant data sets are already available directly to the public.  Open your web browser and you can find civic data...