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WEEKLY OVERVIEW

City Council Course Offering: Open Data 101

For civic technologists and the data savvy, New York City's Open Data Portal has been a blessing. On Tuesday, November 25, Council Member Vacca will host a training session led by members from the City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). The training will focus on navigating the Open Data Portal, showcasing the data sets that may be most useful to council members, and answering questions.

Healthcare Innovations Driven By Open Data

The federal government has recently released large amounts of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration. At the same time, several other trends -- the use of electronic medical records, an explosion of data about the human genome, and advances in data analysis -- have given the potential for a revolution in healthcare. We can look forward to more data-driven diagnostics, treatment plans, and predictive analytics to determine the best treatments more scientifically. Many experts now think we're on the verge of a new era of personalized medicine, where an individual's data -- ranging from genetic makeup to exercise habits -- can be used with the right algorithms to help determine a strategy for care.

4 habits of highly effective open data portals

For those working with new data analysis software, here are four characteristics that can help make your agency’s data compelling and transparent, while saving time and budget: 1. Present the most relevant, recent data 2. Tell a compelling story 3. Make it accessible 4. Create viewing options

How the UN is using open data to tackle Ebola

The United Nations has launched a web page aggregating open data on the Ebola crisis from international organisations, governments and civil society groups. The page features an interactive map of the worst-affected areas, a graph of the number of cases and deaths since August, and the main figures for tracking responses to the outbreak. It also has 44 datasets for developers to build new tools.

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