Michael Flowers: On Data in the Bloomberg Era

Friday, October 11, 2013

The use of data about New York City has expanded under the Bloomberg administration. We know more about pedestrian traffic, recycling, 311 calls, tree plantings, elementary school testing, and more from the numbers collected.

Director of Analytics for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Michael Flowers, explains what metrics tell us about how NYC runs now and will run in the future. The Guggenheim houses his event tonight at 6:30 pm


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Comments [5]

Max from Northern NJ

My EZ-Pass is queried every couple of blocks as I drive around Manhattan. How is this data used? How long is it kept? Who has access to it?

Thank you.

Oct. 11 2013 11:10 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

@ Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights: I think our civil liberties and right to privacy are being violated sufficiently now without the addition of yet more cameras, thank you very much.

Oct. 11 2013 11:05 AM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

Michael, Have you heard about the ways of mapping the continuities of change, rather than the "trends". The trends miss the evidence of emergent cultures and cultural dynamics, that are about to get way out ahead of your responses, for example. I'd have to show you the way to use if for and

Oct. 11 2013 11:02 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

More cameras EVERYWHERE too.

They help to solve crime, but may not stop it.

Oct. 11 2013 10:57 AM
John from NYC

Is there any data on the Bloomberg Administration on the NYC government agencies withholding payments to NYC residents when they damage vehicles and property of homeowners. In particular, the Department of Sanitation seems to have latitude in avoiding paying for damages.

Oct. 11 2013 10:56 AM

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