Open Data for Public Good and Improved Cities

Hosted by Analytics & Data Science by Dataiku NY

Public group


Join us for two talks on open data and how it can help build better cities!

Talk #1: Analyzing Evictions in Kansas City, Missouri

As Matthew Desmond determines in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted, eviction is both a cause and a condition of poverty. Jed worked with researchers, community organizers, neighborhood leaders, lawyers, and policymakers to analyze one of the richest national datasets on eviction, comprised of every eviction since 1999 in Kansas City, Missouri. They compiled 173,720 eviction filings, spanning 17 years, to study the evolution, the breadth, and the impact of evictions on the population. Jed will describe the project, walk through the step-by-step data science process, and discuss the main findings.

Jed Dougherty, Lead Data Scientist at Dataiku:

Jed leads the Dataiku's Data Science team in North America. He works with a wide variety of Fortune 50 clients and specializes in helping large companies spin up and organize Data Science teams. Before coming to Dataiku he worked on event detection, recommendation systems, and survival analysis in the fields of breaking news and child welfare.

Talk #2: New York Energy & Water Performance Map

Over 70 percent of New York's greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. As part of the global trend toward cities taking action on climate change, NYC adopted one of the first, and now the largest, energy disclosure ordinance requiring building owners to report energy use each year. These policies have now spread to more than 20 cities across the U.S., and have generated significant new data streams to understand urban energy consumption. Developed by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), the New York City Energy & Water Performance Map provides an easy to use interface to help users compare annual energy and water consumption data for more than 26,000 buildings across New York's five boroughs. The Map provides an interactive platform for the analysis presented in the annual NYC Energy and Water Use Reports, which have been produced since 2012. Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics and Deputy Director at NYU CUSP and Director of NYU' Urban Intelligence Lab, will walk you through the collaborative data science process leading to this data visualization tool and its implementation. You will learn about the context for this project, the concepts and tools leveraged, and the growing fields of data-driven cities and urban sustainability.

Constantine Kontoska, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at NYU CUSP:

Professor Constantine E. Kontokosta, Ph.D., PE, is an Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, the Director of the Urban Intelligence Lab, and the Deputy Director for Academics at CUSP. Dr. Kontokosta‘s research lies at the intersection of urban planning, data science, and systems engineering, focusing on using big data and new sensing technologies to better understand the dynamics of physical, environmental, and social systems in the urban environment. His work has been published in leading academic journals in fields including science, economics, urban policy and planning, and engineering. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the NSF CAREER Award, the IBM Faculty Award, the Google IoT Research Award, and the Charles Abrams Award for Social Justice Research. He holds a PhD, M.Phil, and M.S. from Columbia University, a M.S. from New York University, and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction by Ufei Chan, Data Scientist:

Ufei is an Energy industry veteran, versed in business strategy and analytics, and a data nerd who loves trudging through datasets to find insights for strategic implementation/evaluation. Most recently, she was the Energy Data Policy Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability where she directed their energy and water benchmarking data program. Prior to this, she worked in the Corporate Sustainability unit of Citigroup and completed a number of consulting projects. She holds an MBA from Cornell University, MPA from Columbia University, and BS from Carnegie Mellon University.


6:00 PM: Pizzas, refreshments, & networking
6:30 PM: "Analyzing Evictions in Kansas City, Missouri" + Q&A
7:00 PM: "New York Energy & Water Performance Map" + Q&A