How NYC is using data to fight fires
The Wall Street Journal recently featured the New York City Fire Department’s work to reduce fires by developing targeted inspection criteria. The new predictive model synthesizes roughly 60 factors that are correlated with deadly fires, including the age of a building, electrical issues, the number of sprinklers, and the presence of elevators, and builds an algorithm that assigns each building with a risk score. Using those scores, the City is able to target inspections to buildings with the highest risk. Read the full article: ”How New York’s Fire Department Uses Data Mining”
Image: NYC fire incidents within commercial and high-rise buildings via FDNY Analytics.
Using NYC Open Data
The NYC Open Data platform provides access to 1,100+ public datasets. Popular data includes restaurant inspection results and detailed maps of the City’s public parks. Anyone can use these datasets to conduct research and analysis or create applications. Join us in putting open data to use!
Watch this demo video and learn how to find, filter, and visualize NYC Open Data.
New York City is gathering data, processing data, and distributing data like never before. Listen to the BBC’s story on the City’s data efforts.
An excellent refresher on dataviz:
"Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than we can process, the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives."
Check out this video of a visualization of NYC’s transit system which was compiled through General Transit Feed Specification data and illustrates a day — from 4 A.M. to 4 A.M. — of transit operations.
Moneyball for New York City
Michael Flowers, Analytics Director for the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning and Director of the Financial Crime Task Force of the City of New York, shares how data science has played a surprising and effective role in helping city government provide services to over 8 million people, from preventing public safety catastrophes to improving New Yorkers’ quality of life.
Excited about Citi Bike? Using DOT’s open data, OpenPlans has put together a useful trip planner for New Yorkers to use when navigating from one bike share station to the next. Check it out at http://cibi.me/.
Help develop the plan for NYC government to unlock its data
NYC Open Data Policy Hack Day Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM (ET) REGISTER HERE
NYC recently enacted Local Law 11 of 2012, which mandates citywide open data in machine-readable formats through a centralized, publicly accessible web site. The NYC Open Data portal was launched in late 2011 to meet this need. The legislation additionally mandates the creation of technical standards in support of this initiative.
Join NYC DoITT’s team from the Office of Strategic Technology Development and the open government community – policymakers, technologists, civic hackers, app developers, academics, journalists and data enthusiasts – for an engaging day of discussions, drafting, planning and hacking.
Don’t wait until the event: collaborate on NYC’s Open Data Policies, Technical Standards, and Guidelines wiki now.
Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law what he termed “the most ambitious and comprehensive open data legislation in the country.”
The Mayor remarked:
“If we’re going to continue leading the country in innovation and transparency, we’re going to have to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to the data that drives our City. Across City government, agencies use data to develop policy, implement programs, and track performance — and each month, our Administration shares more and more of this data with the public at large, catalyzing the creativity, intellect, and enterprising spirit of computer programmers to build tools that help us all improve our lives.”
Read more on NYC.gov
Check out this free iPhone app, created with NYC OpenData.
In July 2010, we started giving letter grades to all 24,000 of our city’s restaurants, delis and other eating establishments. These grades let customers know about the results of the Health Department’s periodic check-ups on sanitary conditions. Today, we released the first major study of how the system has worked, and there are four major findings – all of them great news for New Yorkers:
1) Kitchens across the city are cleaner. As of the end of January, a record 72% of restaurants were posting “A” grades in their windows.
2) New Yorkers overwhelmingly approve of posting the grades – by 91%, according to a Baruch College survey – and use it to make decisions about where to dine out.
3) Business is booming; restaurant revenues increased 9.3% during the first nine months of the program, compared to just 2.7% in the previous year. It just may be that clean kitchens are as good for business as clean air that is smoke-free.
4) Here is the most encouraging sign of all: Over the past year, the number of cases of salmonella infection – the best marker for foodborne illnesses – has dropped to a 20-year low.
No wonder New Yorkers support restaurant grades! The proof is in the pudding – and more than ever, the pudding is being prepared according to the highest food safety standards. And now, with our brand new iPhone and iPad app finding a clean kitchen around town is as easy as ABC.