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NYC open data winners announced

First-place winners will be invited to present at an upcoming NYC Open Data event

An algorithm can determine which trees have the best survival record in NYC locations
An algorithm can determine which trees have the best survival record in NYC locations

New York City’s Open Data team has named the winners of its first annual city-wide competition where participants were challenged to use the city’s 2,000+ open datasets to come up with solutions to existing problems.


NYC Open Data team is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).


The four first-place winners were chosen from more than 30 submissions to the NYC open data project gallery contest and will receive a certificate of recognition from the mayor and be invited to present at an upcoming NYC Open Data event.


The winning projects were: an app which identifies the tree species with the best survival record in any NYC location entered by the user by Niki Athanasiadou; an interactive visualisation that shows the variety and quantity of street trees in all five NYC boroughs by Allen Yee of cloudred; and a civic tool to help community members decide how to spend public money which received two awards by Bitsy Bentley & Hadassah Damien of Participatory Budgeting Project’s Participation Lab.


“We are excited that New Yorkers are finding new and innovative ways to use the thousands of datasets available on Open Data,” said Emily Newman, acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. “These projects highlight diverse insights and applications, and show what government transparency makes possible.”


Winning projects, and other qualified projects, will also be featured on the new NYC Open Data website’s project gallery to serve as inspiration for other users, New Yorkers and city agencies on what can be done with open data.


“I am thrilled to see our city’s public data being put to such creative, thoughtful, and groundbreaking use. Congratulations to the winners and all participants for making a real civic contribution leveraging NYC Data,” added Samir Saini, commissioner of the DoITT.


“Open data is a powerful tool that fosters civic innovation, and I hope that more New Yorkers will be inspired to tap into the portal and see all that it has to offer.”


Judges were from the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, OpenLaw, The NY Tech Alliance, The Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) at Pratt Institute, and the DoITT.


NYC Open Data programme, started in 2010, is an opportunity to engage New Yorkers in the information that is produced and used by city government. The platform hosts more than 2,000 data assets that are used by entrepreneurs, students, nonprofits, journalists, city staff and others. Each week, more than 20,000 users visit the platform.


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