Data will play an increasingly larger role in improving city services in the near future. Blouin News sat down with a man right at the forefront of this trend: Neil Kleiman, director of the NYU Wagner Innovation Labs, deputy director for Policy and Evaluation at the National Resource Network, and professor of public policy. He says that data can not only improve how municipal governments function and help diagnose the scale of myriad problems, it can even anticipate where new problems will arise next. In Chicago, for example, data is being used to predict rodent infestations and bait traps accordingly.
Linked together in a network (with the help of universities), cities can compare statistical findings on many commonly-measured criteria, and share best practices. The future of “smart cities,” aided by user-generated data on the street level, is upon us.