NPR recently profiled Ben Wellington who runs the popular I Quant NY blog. The blog makes use of NYC “open data.” Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg required city agencies to make all the data they produce publicly available and searchable online. Earlier this year Wellington used New York City’s parking ticket data and identified two hydrants on consecutive blocks that were generating $55,000 a year in tickets, apparently from cars that were parked legally. After Wellington’s online report went viral, the data-loving citizen investigator learned that the city’s Department of Transportation had reviewed the roadway markings, then repainted the parking spots so that drivers would stop getting ticketed. Wellington says, “”I’m trying to make stats accessible and even cool. Imagine that.”
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL's 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set won the ALA's Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute, and an international conference speaker.
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