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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Microsoft's HereHere Goes Hyperlocal in NYC

Microsoft's new HereHere project (video) maps the mood of NYC (and perhaps other cities) based on 311 calls. The idea is to provoke hyperlocal conversations. Per The Inquirer:

There are 42 New York City locations covered, and the firm thinks that it will boil down the mood of the city into a digestible format with a friendly, occasionally ratlike, face. The data is culled from the 311 phone number in New York City, which is the state's contact number for non-emergency communications.

Innovation? Visualization? Catching up? What is Microsoft's real goal?

Data Sharing in New State Villages

Carthage and 14 other municipalities in Jefferson and Lewis counties in New York are sharing highway data in a system is called the Joint Infrastructure Management Initiative. Cartegraph, the company behind the system honored JIMI as one of 10 municipal organizations in the nation to receive the first ever Excellence in Operations Management award. JIMI money came from a $700,000 state grant.

Data Swapping

In Center County, PA, there's a data deal with the water company. The county has a contract with PA American Water where with the county provides parcel GIS data in return for fire hydrant data.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 05:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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