- Gale Brewer - https://www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov -

CUNY Service Corps students to help communities navigate NYC data

Government transparency and open data have remained an important concern during my years of public service. As a City Council member, I was proud to sponsor NYC’s Open Data Law [1], which unlocked a treasure trove of data about our streets, crime, restaurant inspections, and other information gathered by city agencies.

But that law was only the first step, as “open” data doesn’t automatically mean “useful” data. More work needs to be done to make data usable and actionable for the average New Yorker.

That’s why I’m welcoming 15 technology interns from The City University of New York (CUNY) to help my office and Manhattan’s Community Boards navigate city data in ways that help neighborhoods make informed decisions and ensure that our government is truly transparent.

Funded with a CUNY Service Corps [2] grant, the interns will help us create effective ways to visualize vital city information—through spreadsheets, graphs, neighborhood mapping, and other means. They will also help us deliver this user-friendly data to Community Board chairs, district managers, and committee chairs to aid their decisions about planning, development, and land-use. Read the press release… [3]