Data Governance / Data Management, Data, Open Data, Big Data Analytics
Bundaberg, QLD tracks progress toward its One Million Trees goal with engagement portal
The regional council set the planting goal for the end of 2024 on the path to a net-zero community by 2030. Residents head to the portal to request two seedlings per home or up to 250 free trees as part of the Landowner Program. There are also online forms for submitting trees planted at a resident's expense and suggesting locations for council planting. Inputs from these sources produce a map of every tree planted in Bundaberg with 122,617 trees recorded as of March 23, 2023.
Melbourne, VIC prepares for the impacts of extreme heat events with ClimaSens pilot
Melbourne will create a citywide map of heat vulnerability with the ClimaSens platform. ClimaSens uses historical weather data, future forecasts, and satellite images for visualizations of street-by-street risk levels. Heat risk and social vulnerability assessments allow city officials to create targeted responses for prolonged temperature spikes. These insights also support the expansion of cooling efforts including tree plantings and green roof adoption.
Cumbria County Council, GB assists vulnerable residents during emergencies with VIPER
VIPER - Vulnerable Indicators for Properties in Emergency Response - was built by the council on the low-code Liberty Create platform. This system uses social care, utilities, and other data to identify vulnerable households in the county. First responders from local and regional councils consult VIPER for targeted responses during emergency situations. Cumbria County Council received £139,000 from the Local Digital Fund to expand VIPER's capabilities and reach.
Cumbria County Council, GB
Jackson, MS addresses concerns about water access issues with digital twin built in InfoWater Pro
An August 2022 flood exposed issues with Jackson's water treatment and distribution systems. Satellite images, equipment data, and water sensor logs were inputted into InfoWater Pro. The resulting digital twin acts as a baseline for system performance across 17 water pumps and 800 miles of pipe. City officials develop more effective responses to water contamination, burst pipes, and flooding based on simulations in this virtual environment.
Dublin City Council, IE evaluates environmental impacts of housing retrofits with IES digital twin
Project partner IES developed a digital twin of three housing blocks on Dominick Street Lower. This model established energy and emissions baselines for each block. City officials sought simulations of four retrofit strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of houses dating back to the 1960s. Proposed strategies ranged from shallow retrofits to full renovations. The project identified deep retrofit as the most effective strategy for achieving emission reductions over 60 years.
Dublin City Council, IE
Baltimore, MD introduces Data Academy for improved data fluency among city employees
The 2021 Mayor's Action Plan called for creating a citywide data training program. City employees register through the Workday Learning portal for two free courses - Fundamentals of Data Literacy and Interpreting Data with Greater Accuracy and Insight. Each self-paced class is designed for first-time data students and geared toward city-specific tasks. Completed courses lead to certificates recorded in personnel files and a greater understanding of data analytics.
Otago Regional Council, NZ monitors real-time water conditions with Environmental Data Portal
The interactive dashboard presents environmental data from 250 monitoring stations near local waterways. Dashboard users filter data by 12 parameters such as dissolved oxygen concentration, rainfall, and nitrate nitrogen. Map pinpoints show filtered data over seven intervals including the past day, week, and month. The Environmental Data Portal can generate reports back to each station's installation with some stations dating back eight decades.
Otago Regional Council, NZ
New York, NY partners with local organizations on data-driven relief after major flooding events
The $1.1 million program uses sensor data, satellite imagery, and social media analysis for targeted financial assistance to flood victims. Project partner Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN) receives an automated payment when a certain percentage of a neighborhood is impacted by flooding. This payment opens an application process through CNYCN for affected households earning up to 165% of the area median income. Successful applicants receive up to $15,000 within days of approval.
New York, NY
Baltimore, MD evaluates violence prevention efforts with its Public Safety Accountability Dashboard
The Microsoft Power BI dashboard supports accountability requirements in the Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan. The Crime Summary tab provides year-to-year comparisons of homicides, violent crimes, and property crimes by neighborhood or police district. Interactive crime and arrest maps track data in both categories back to 2012. The dashboard includes a case disposition graph and a map of Community Violence Intervention partners.
East Devon District Council, GB tracks poverty reduction efforts with social resilience dashboard
The council's Poverty Reduction Strategy seeks data-driven decisions on council services. A social resilience team developed a dashboard with data ranging from housing benefits to council tax arrears. An interactive map shows localized hotspots for economic deprivation and a timeline identifies poverty changes during global events like COVID-19. East Devon District Council uses the dashboard for targeted services including a campaign to increase energy rebate scheme claims.
East Devon District Council, GB
Worcestershire County Council, GB supports business sustainability with Climate Essentials portal
The county's partnership with Climax Community resulted in free platform access for businesses and non-profits. Participants inputted data about energy usage, supply chains, and waste for estimated carbon footprints. Climate Essentials produces a customized decarbonization plan for each user along with benchmarks for progress. Widespread participation resulted in a rich data pool used by the county council as it works toward emission reductions.
Worcestershire County Council, GB
Stuttgart, BW recruits local commuters for participation in Digital Traffic Flow Optimization pilot
A pilot fleet of 500 drivers will supply data on traffic conditions through a mobile app. Anonymized vehicle data is stored on the enviroCar platform and sent to the city's Integrated Traffic Control Center (IVLZ). Transit officials will integrate information on commuting conditions with traffic signal data, construction plans, and floating car data. This five-month pilot shapes Stuttgart's plans for digitally connected traffic with reduced congestion and tailpipe emissions.