Rachel Haot: My 2013 Prediction, Open Data Will Save Lives
With the New Year upon us, we ask New York City's Chief Digital Officer what she thinks will dominate in 2013.
In 2013, access to government data will enable unprecedented service, efficiency and innovation.
New York City is already witnessing evidence of the groundbreaking potential of strategic data analysis, and in 2013 this will accelerate and spread across the globe. Today, technologists in the Bloomberg Administration mine municipal data to save lives and make New York City safer. For example, the City can now predict when a building poses a higher security risk to firefighters, allowing planning that has reduced firefighter casualties by 15%. And by analyzing and repositioning the locations of waiting emergency response vehicles, the City has reduced its average ambulance response time by one minute.