Written by Ryan Johnston
The lifeblood of a “smart city” is data — internal government data, mobility data, public safety data and anything else that can be measured and optimized on a city street. Boston’s new data warehouse platform, launched internally through the city’s analytics team this month, will set the city up for success as future emerging technologies are implemented, according to the city’s chief data officer, Stefanie Costa Leabo.
The new platform, Costa Leabo said, is a commitment to centralizing all of the currently disparate data stores the city has. Boston partnered with Civis Analytics to concentrate the government’s data in one location maintained by Costa Leabo’s team and housed in the Department of Innovation Technology. And it will automate the city’s open data pipelines — pushing out more data to the general public more accurately and with less effort.