October 26, 2012 By Sarah Rich
On Monday, Oct. 22, New York City kicked off a weeklong series of events dubbed NYC Data Week. The city’s first-ever Data Week developed in partnership with the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and O’Reilly Media, consisted of more than 100 panels and events related to data and big data and their impact on NYC.
“Data is at the core of Mayor Bloomberg’s digital road map for the City of New York, as it enables industry growth, efficiency, and improved service delivery in government,” said Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot in a statement.
Andrew Nicklin, DoITT’s director of research and development, said because technology conferences (like the O’Reilly Media’s Strata + Hadoop World Conference) were already taking place in New York this week, the city wanted to work in conjunction with those events to promote open data.
“We are super interested in making New York City the tech capital of the world," Nicklin said. "And it seemed fitting with the Strata/Hadoop conference being in New York this week that we would try to do something in conjunction with them to celebrate data and big data."
So what topics and discussions took place this week? Nicklin highlighted four key events from throughout the week and what the IT industry can take away from each.
More than a dozen speakers gave five-minute presentations on various technologies and data. Nicklin said one of the more notable speakers, Hilary Mason, a chief scientist for bit.ly, discussed how she utilized data from around the city to determine where the best cheeseburgers are located.
“I think [Mason’s] talk speaks to the notion that you can use data to make decisions in everyday life,” Nicklin said. “We often make decisions about where we’re going to go to restaurants in the evening and things like that and so we might look at Yelp or City Search or Urban Spoon or any one of those other platforms that are really valuable.”
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.