Juneau Empire: Alaska community data available on new interactive online portal

Juneau Empire: Alaska community data available on new interactive online portal. “Ever wondered what the Alaska Native names for all the communities in Alaska were? Or how many people lived in each community? Searching for such data just became way easier in an interactive portal. The Division of Community and Regional Affairs unveiled a new website this week, with the goal of making demographic information about communities across Alaska more easily accessible to the average person.”

Cities Today: New database released to better assess African cities

Cities Today: New database released to better assess African cities. “The most complete data set on African urban agglomerations has been launched during the 8th Africities Conference in Marrakesh. Africapolis includes data on more than 7,500 urban agglomerations in 50 countries and aims to become a tool for governments, policy makers, researchers and urban planners.”

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data. “For Cypher Philly founder Jess Mason, the copious amounts of open data produced every year by OpenDataPhilly needed another layer that could maximize their potential impact. It’s why he set out — alongside cofounder Jason Cox and about 40 volunteers — to build an application that can connect the dots between data sets meant for transparency and higher government efficiency.”

Times of San Diego: New Website Lets Public View 800-Plus Works in San Diego’s Civic Art Collection

Times of San Diego: New Website Lets Public View 800-Plus Works in San Diego’s Civic Art Collection. “An online catalog of the hundreds of artworks in San Diego’s growing civic art collection is now available to the public online. The city’s Commission for Arts and Culture launched the digital resource to increase the visibility of the collection. The website allows citizens to quickly search and sort images by criteria, such as type, council district and location.”

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities. “The first database of its kind, UN-Habitat’s Global Municipal Database (GMD) offers a standard set of indicators and local-level, per capita budget data for over 100 cities. The database, launched in September 2018, aims to highlight the importance of local financial data to policy- and decision-making.”

Phys .org: Are US cities getting more or less violent? New database offers mixed picture

Phys .org: Are US cities getting more or less violent? New database offers mixed picture . “Violence has fallen in nearly all major U.S. cities since 1991, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York University. However, recent fluctuations in violence in selected cities point to temporary disruptions in this 17-year decline.”

CNET: Smart cities around the world were exposed to simple hacks

CNET: Smart cities around the world were exposed to simple hacks. “Cities are constantly evolving, and adding technology to make processes more convenient seems like a natural step. These multi-million dollar tech upgrades to major cities are designed to make everyday life easier, whether it’s web-connected cameras on street lights in San Diego or solar-powered sensors to detect fire alarms across Louisville, Kentucky. But those high-tech conveniences come with cutting edge risks. Cities with more connected infrastructure open the door to hackers looking for vulnerabilities, a trend we’ve seen with the increased number of connected devices in our lives. But in the case of smart cities, hackers exploiting a security loophole doesn’t just affect an individual or family, but potentially millions of residents.”