New York aims to be digital city upon a hill

New York City is going whole hog with the open-government movement, announcing plans to partner with several social media sites to improve public engagement, writes InformationWeek’s Elizabeth Montalbano.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne recently released the “Road Map for the Digital City,” which includes efforts to work with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr to connect with New Yorkers, Montalbano writes. The city intends to use Facebook and Twitter primarily to interact with the public and pass along city notifications. In addition to encouraging New Yorkers to check in via Foursquare from various city locations, the plan calls for sharing a Foursquare strategy with local businesses to help expand their advertising reach.

In its push to be one of the top digital cities in the United States, New York also is looking to match federal initiatives by consolidating data centers and launching crowdsourcing efforts that will promote open government.

The city in March opened a consolidated data center that combines information from more than 40 government agencies and is expected to save the city $100 million over the next five years. It also has opned its data sets to developers as part of its annual BigApps contest, and in 2009 opened a high-speed, mobile data network covering more than 300 square miles and all five boroughs. 

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