How Data Analytics Could Help the Government Reduce Traffic Deaths

A D.C.-based startup with roots in the insurance market is using machine learning to predict the probability of car crashes on just about any stretch of road.

A Startup Wants to Turn Your City’s Trash Into a Heap of Big Data

One company hopes to create an “Internet of Garbage,” with the promise to bring better logistics to municipal waste.

Why Local Governments Aren’t All Aboard the Blockchain Train

From high costs of implementation to more pressing regulatory concerns, current barriers to entry make the technology difficult to implement.

Using Data to Figure Out Where Transit Should Go

Fixed-route bus use, in particular, has seen steep declines in use while ride-sharing continues to grow in popularity, according to a new report.

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

Detroit Gears Up for Decennial Effort to Avoid Census Undercounting

In a city with a long history of population losses, Mayor Mike Duggan announces the city’s point person to lead community outreach to promote the 2020 count.

Integrating Data Into City Hall

COMMENTARY | How New Orleans used data in the rebuilding of a devastated city.

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.

Data Show Sluggish Economic Output in Smaller Counties

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has released GDP figures for all of the nation's counties.

Checking In on a Census ‘Homework Assignment’ for Cities and Counties

These localities have already launched their Complete Count Committees and taken other proactive steps to avoid undercounting. Has yours?

How D.C. Wants to Use Bike-Share Data to Improve Equity

The city already requires operators to share real-time information on vehicle availability.

How Baltimore and Tulsa Are Using Data to Foster Community

“The great thing people need to understand about data—and this was the incorrect understanding I had at first—is it is not about efficiency,” said Tulsa’s mayor.

Los Angeles Inks New Data-Sharing Agreement With Scooter and Bikeshare Companies

“This is the way we must work together to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Seleta Reynolds, the LADOT’s general manager.

Cities Address Hurdles to Sharing Data

An increasing number of operating systems are available to municipalities looking to streamline data sharing, but a global network wants them thinking about urban resilience as they do.

Digital Record Deluge Threatens to Swamp States

States allocate less than one-hundredth of one percent of their budget on archives despite exponential data growth.

Program Pairing Governments and Startups Launches Latest Round

Participants in the Startup in Residence program are seeking solutions for about 80 “civic challenges.”

3 GIS Policy Trends to Consider

Steering committees, distributed models and named user licensing are catching on.

Google Tool Offers Look at City Emissions, Solar Power Potential

The company's Environmental Insights Explorer features only five localities for now, but there are plans to expand it to thousands.

Virginia’s ‘Model’ Opioid Data-Sharing Platform Nearly Ready

As the epidemic’s death toll rises, the state is working to get more information into the hands of regional substance abuse coalitions to mitigate deaths and other negative impacts.