NYC uses open data to help residents map evacuation routes

10/31/2012 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership

New York City is using location data to help residents deal with the effects of superstorm Sandy. The effort, using the Open Data platform as part of the city's Digital Road Map initiative, blended geographic information systems with social media and other tools to keep city residents aware of the storm. The city launched a Hurricane Evacuation Map and a Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder to help residents tell if they would need to relocate because of flood risks. “New York City’s Digital Road Map: Progress and Innovation demonstrates the strides we have made to date, propelled by a vibrant technology industry, a strong social media presence, infrastructure improvements, and historic investments in education,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

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