Governments are increasingly making their data available freely in machine-readable format, which is great. A drawback, however, is that government data is organized and produced in a way that’s most useful to government operations, and it’s not offered in an app-developer or data scientist friendly way. I talk about a project to harvest crime data daily from cities across the US and make it available for web apps and analytics as part of a larger effort to deliver ready-to-use open data sets on the cloud. The importance of adding safety data to apps is underscored by recent news that thieves have been “luring” Pokemon Go players into secluded areas. More broadly, I believe user-facing apps and back-end analytics will increasingly leverage 3rd party contextual data sources to refine and improve their capabilities.
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