Monday June 17, 2019

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NY to Become a Data Platform?

According to the city’s recently appointed digital officer, Rachel Sterne, the future of NY is as a data platform. In a presentation from The Guardian’s Activate Conference late last week that was hosted by the Paley Center for Media, Sterne said that the city is trying hard to turn the government “into a platform that enables both developers and individuals to take data about life in the metropolis and use it to create apps, services and other resources.”

Sterne gave several examples of the ways in which the city has been trying to do this, including the BigApps Challenge for the development of apps based on open city data, putting QR codes on construction permits and several partnerships with outside agencies, including one with Brooklyn startup Broadcastr with NY’s Parks Department, which according to GigaOm, “allows users to listen to audio walking tours of various popular spots.”



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