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A Moneyball Approach to Clean Water in California

Up to 1 million Californians lack access to clean, safe drinking water at some point during the year. Data scientists believe they are part of the solution.

A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects

Louisville, Kentucky is making the infrastructure for analyzing historic Waze data available to anyone who partners on the process.

Why North Carolina’s Approach to Data Analytics Is ‘People Focused’

Business partners should be the ones identifying the problems IT professionals solve, according to state CIO Eric Boyette.

Wringing Out New Truths From Data: Tracking Social Progress in Cities

Urban designers are ready to help cities learn from each other, combing through data both old and new.

Kansas City Enters ‘Phase 2’ of Its Smart City Transformation

“There is a greater value to the data we maintain as a city than we anticipated,” according to the city’s chief innovation officer.

Virginia Enters 2nd Year of On-Demand Traffic Intelligence Experiment

Standardized data is allowing the state to make more informed transportation decisions more often.

A Popular Algorithm Is No Better at Predicting Crimes Than Random People

The COMPAS tool is widely used to assess a defendant’s risk of committing more crimes, but a new study puts its usefulness into perspective.

Virginia Beach Is Using an IoT-Enabled Sensor Network to Predict Flooding in Real Time

Local officials are hoping high-resolution, hydrodynamic models using fluid physics will improve preparedness and response in a low-lying region vulnerable to flooding.

Midsize Cities Get a New, Free Data Portal Option

Open Data America wants to do for other municipalities what it did in Cary, North Carolina.

Ohio CIO: Data Analytics ‘The Most Disruptive Thing That We Have Going On’

IoT, autonomous vehicles, or analytics—CIO Stu Davis is thinking about how to handle a future awash in data.

Using Data to Reduce Stigma and Discrimination Around Mental Illness

“There’s a way to start quantifying things we wouldn’t normally capture,” according to San Bernardino County’s chief of behavioral health informatics.

From Monitoring the Opioid Epidemic to Intervening

Analytics could help us stem the opioid crisis. We just need to solve a few red tape and data problems.

A More Holistic Approach to Social Problem-Solving Requires Interagency Collaboration

Researchers and governments have teamed up through the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust to craft better public policy and metrics.

The Tech That Helps San Francisco Process Its Wastewater

PHOTOS: Treating raw sewage and stormwater involves a maze of pipes and plenty of data analytics, too.

Southern Nevada Has a Plan to Predict the Likelihood of Traffic Incidents 2 Hours Early

“We’re coming to the point where we’re going to have smart cars on dumb roads,” WayCare's CEO said.

Simulating Scenarios for Killer Smog Conditions in Pittsburgh

Predictive analytics are getting better at profiling the clinical impact of air- and heat-related emergencies, as well as the stress they place on response infrastructure.

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