Takeaways from Seattle's "A City for All" Hackathon

LiveStories recently attended Seattle's "A City for All" hackathon, which focused on making the city friendlier for senior citizens. Here's what we learned.

Introducing: The Shifting States of America

Each year, millions of “geographically mobile” Americans move from state to state. This LiveStories series takes a closer look at the data. 

LiveStories Q&A: Telling the Story Behind Infant Mortality Data in Summit County, Ohio

We speak to Cory Kendrick, Director of Population Health at Summit County, about his work reducing infant mortality. 

Data Story Roundup: July 25 to August 2, 2017

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

City of Syracuse launches its first open data portal. 

The open data portal will show data on housing and infrastructure and is expected to make a big impact on the community. To explore the open data portal for yourself, visit the site here. 

Bloomberg Harvard program brings together 40 U.S. mayors to discuss city leadership.

Last week, 40 mayors gathered for the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration between Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program lasted three days and will be followed up with remote, online sessions. 

Sunlight foundation discusses open data at the White House.

The roundtable, which occurred on June 25, was facilitated by the Center for Open Data Enterprise. As the event was held under the Chatham House Rule, the information discussed there could be shared. Here is the summary published by Sunlight Foundation. 


 

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LiveStories Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding Round

Led by Ignition Partners with participation from True Ventures and Founders Co-Op, the latest round brings LiveStories’ total funding to $13.9 million since the company was founded in 2013.

Case Study: Improving Public Health for 100 Million Lives

Learn how 100 Million Healthier Lives is using LiveStories to improve public health in communities from New York to Alaska.

Data Story Roundup: July 18 to July 25

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

Our CEO shows how companies can use open data. 

LiveStories CEO Adnan Mahmud was recently featured in this CSO article which considers how companies can use open data to locate cyber security talent.  

NYC Commission on Human Rights uses data to fight housing injustice.

The NYC Commission on Human Rights has partnered with the city's data analytics office to use open data to identify landlords who discriminate based on source of income. Read more at Civicist.  

Harvard's Civic Analytics Network will host webinar.

The webinar, "The Power of Data Visualization in Cities," is scheduled for June 20 from 5pm to 6pm (ET). It will be monitored by Stephen Goldsmith, Director of CAN and the Innovations Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Key takeaways from 2017 NACCHO Conference 

Last week, LiveStories attended the 2017 NACCHO Conference in Pittsburgh. We learned a lot and want to share our insights. Read the details in this post.


 

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Takeaways from the 2017 NACCHO Conference

LiveStories learned a lot from the NACCHO conference in Pittsburgh. Here are some of our takeaways.

Data Story Roundup: July 11 to July 18

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

New York ranks as top U.S. smart city in latest report.

StateScoop reports professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently released a Cities Readiness Index which gives worldwide rankings of cities that are most ready to embrace emerging technologies. 

Landmark study tracks human physical activity via smartphones. 

Conducted by Stanford researchers, this NIH-funded study used a larger dataset than any previous human movement study, with over 700,000 people in 111 countries. The study was published July 10, 2017, in the advance online edition of Nature.

USA Today reports on the data behind a possible rise in hate crimes. 

USA Today reports on various organizations tracking hate crimes in America, among them the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports featured in LiveStories' report on hate crime statistics


 

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Data Story Roundup: July 3 to July 10

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

New Orleans mayor wants to turn Mayor's Conference into a powerful national platform. 

The conference will be harnessing the power of cities with the goal of making Congress more in touch with the American people.

Louisville launches first data-driven collaboration to improve asthma. 

The latest in digital health technology: medication inhaler sensors which track when, where, and how often Louisville residents experienced asthma symptoms. Participants saw a 82% reduction in asthma rescue inhaler use.

New CDC data shows doctors are giving their patients prescriptions that last longer.

New data from CDC's Morbidity and and Mortality Weekly Report show that the length of prescription increased from an average of 13 days in 2006 to 18 days in 2015. This trend is concerning because the longer someone has access to the drugs, the greater their chances are of becoming addicted. 

Massachusetts launches the latest government website to ask community members for critique and feedback.  

As part of a trend among state and local governments to make information more accessible and story-driven, other governments from cities like Boston and New York have also created websites with the help of their communities. 


 

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LiveStories Q&A: Growing Healthy Food in a Remote Alaskan Town

Learn how Sitka, Alaska, is growing local, healthy food to combat high rates of diabetes and obesity.

Data Story Roundup: June 19 to June 26, 2017

Read the most interesting stories on statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 

New data mapping shows refugee migration patterns in U.S.

In honor of World Refugee Day: Business Insider presents captivating data maps of refugee activity in the U.S. compared to other countries in the last 16 years. 

Data on Iraqi civilian deaths show the scale of casualties since 2003. 

Since the American invasion in 2003, roughly 180,000 civilians have died in Iraq. Explore the context of this data in our most recent data story, which received coverage on Fox News

Education data helps explain close race in Georgia.

The New York Times used education data to show what made Georgia's 6th district election so competitive.

Cities harness the power of data to fight the opioid epidemic.

GovTech reports on how cities are taking data-driven interventions in the fight against the opioid epidemic.   

 

Are people actually reading your PDF reports?

Here’s three big problems with PDFs—and three ways your organization can get around them.

Data Story Roundup: June 12 to June 19 2017

Read about the most interesting stories about statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week.

How to Use Index and Match on Excel

Like peanut butter and jelly, INDEX and MATCH are two Excel functions that work better together. Here's how to use them.

Data Story Roundup: May 29 to June 5, 2017

Read about the most interesting stories about statistics, visualizations, and open data we've found each week. Follow LiveStories on Twitter to see more! 
 

Threats to Affordable Housing in New York

New York City released an annual data graphic displaying threats to affordable housing in all 59 of its communities. The graphic gives users a look into the future showing potential effects rezoning actions could have on future affordable housing.
 

New Employment Numbers: The Good and the Bad

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ household survey revealed that the United States added 138,000 jobs this May. This report was a mixed bag. While the unemployment rate went down to 4.3 percent, the labor force participation rate went down to 0.2 percent.
 

Google Maps Air Pollution

Long known for being an authority on mapping directions, Google revealed its first ever map showing block-by-block air pollution levels. The data mapped was collected using street view cars equipped with sensory tools and could help cities get better air quality. 
 

Baltimore Adds Smart Water Meters

The city of Baltimore announced its water department will implement state of the art smart-meter technology. These meters measure how much water a person uses by the hour which is then sent to the water department. 

Exploring California's Opioid Data

Dried opium plants in Afghanistan; photo by U.S. Marine Corps.

Dried opium plants in Afghanistan; photo by U.S. Marine Corps.

LiveStories includes data on opioid-related prescriptions, deaths, and hospitalizations for all 58 counties in California, made available from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Exploring this data provides valuable insights on where and how the opioid crisis hits hardest in the state. For example, you can see how opioid deaths are more concentrated in northern counties (all data is per 100,000 residents):

Many experts trace the roots of the opioid crisis to the overprescription of opioid pain relievers, beginning in the late 1990’s. Health experts now recognize that prescription opioids are dangerously addictive, and in many California counties, opioid prescription rates have stabilized or decreased.

But legal prescription opioids are just one side of the epidemic. Even if legal opioids become harder to obtain, illegal opioids—notably heroin—are surging in popularity, and are often cheaper and more accessible than prescription opioids. The geographical pattern for heroin deaths is also different for overall opioid deaths:

At LiveStories, we’re familiar with this data from our work with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), a coalition of county-based groups dedicated to tackling the opioid epidemic at the local level. We've highlighted the vital work they do in a previous post. Now, the data underlying their work is available to anyone with a LiveStories subscription.

Obviously, the opioid epidemic spreads beyond California. LiveStories is working to add opioid data for all counties and states in America, and our library already includes data on overall drug poisoning rates. You can get a customized report for your county here:

How to Do HLookups in Excel

The HLOOKUP function is useful when you have to find a value in a spreadsheet with many columns. Here's how it works. 

Memorial Day: Data on Americans Who Served

May 29 is Memorial Day, a national holiday for remembering America's fallen military veterans. At LiveStories, we recognize and honor the sacrifices that hundreds of thousands of American veterans have made over the nation's history, and continue to make today.

The tradition of celebrating Memorial Day began shortly after the Civil War. In 1868, a group of Union veterans decreed May 30 as "Decoration Day," a time for laying flowers on the graves of soldiers who died during the war. Many states, both in the north in the south, continued this tradition of remembrance. After more than a century, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1970, during the height of the Vietnam War.

The government's Defense Casualty Analysis System compiles data on America's war dead, going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. The America Community Survey, conducted by the Census, compiles data on America's living veterans. As part of LiveStories' Five Facts series, we've created a brief overview of both sets of data.

The latest installment of LiveStories' "Five Facts" series explores data on veterans. READ THE STORY →

The latest installment of LiveStories' "Five Facts" series explores data on veterans. READ THE STORY →


 

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How to Do VLookups in Excel

The VLOOKUP function is one of the most useful tools in Excel's arsenal. Here's how to wield it.