Government data are being released in unprecedented quantities as part of the Administration’s commitment to increase transparency, public participation, and collaboration. A lot of these data have to do with public safety and can be found at the recently launched Safety Data Community — Safety.Data.gov. The liberation of government datasets is important in itself, but data are truly powerful when used in the development of informative apps. Last month, OSTP and the Department of Transportation co-hosted a Safety Data Jam at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building that brought together 40 leaders from technology, public safety, and government communities to discuss public safety challenges and to brainstorm creative new solutions that leverage open government safety data. Our goal was to come up with novel ways to help people make informed decisions about their safety and the safety of others.
Below is a sampling of some of the ideas generated from the jam session:
We’re challenging entrepreneurs and innovators to develop tools based on these ideas and others. We’ll showcase a cross-section of the most innovative solutions at the first annual Safety Datapalooza, which will be held in September. If you’re interested in showcasing your safety solution powered by open government data at the Palooza, please click here.
Sincere thanks to all of the participants in the first-ever Safety Data Jam!
Todd Park is the US Chief Technology Officer, Brian Forde is Advisor to the CTO on Mobile and Data Innovation, and Jo Strang is Chief Safety Officer for the Federal Railroad Administration.