How Houston is using open data to handle Hurricane Harvey

Authors: Katya Abazajian and Alex DoddsOriginally published on the Sunlight Foundation blog. Open data has become a crucial part of emergency response to natural disasters. This week, Hurricane Harvey is demonstrating how robust open data systems can help any city cope with and recover from disaster. The City of Houston worked with partners at Harris County to makeContinue reading “How Houston is using open data to handle Hurricane Harvey”

Connecting open data to residents’ lives

Authors: Stephen Larrick and Katya AbazajianOriginally published on the Sunlight Foundation blog. United States cities face a critical challenge when it comes to fulfilling the potential of open data: that of moving beyond the mere provision of access to data toward the active facilitation of stakeholder use of data in ways that bring about community impact. Sunlight has beenContinue reading “Connecting open data to residents’ lives”

Boston organizations develop advanced algorithm to address city challenges

Authors: Katya Abazajian and Kathy PettitOriginally published in Urban Wire By leveraging data and technology, a partnership of Boston organizations and local government leaders found a better way to connect young people to summer jobs. In July 2015, Boston’s mayor announced an increase in funding for summer youth employment. Boston’s Department of Youth Employment and Engagement preparedContinue reading “Boston organizations develop advanced algorithm to address city challenges”

Using data to make a difference for Boston-area students at risk of homelessness

Authors: Mary Bogle and Katya AbazajianOriginally published in Urban Wire Data provide the glue for a new alliance fighting student homelessness and promoting academic success at a Promise Neighborhood site in Boston. The Promise Neighborhood initiative, funded by the US Department of Education, aims to transform high-needs communities by supporting children from cradle to career. Promise NeighborhoodsContinue reading “Using data to make a difference for Boston-area students at risk of homelessness”