Harnessing Open Data for Transforming Cities

A few days ago The Atlantic Cities published a great collection of open government data applications that are enhancing our understanding of and interactions with urban life. As you can see from the list, most applications rely heavily upon the spatial, which is not surprising, but still a powerful testament to the tremendous value of GIS applications in cities. Among the most fascinating to me are Floodprint, which maps flood footprints determined from a variety of data sources (something of particular use for New Orleans redevelopment), and Possible City, which encourages organic neighborhood growth through identifying and mapping vacant properties in Philadelphia.

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