About Spike

Spike has research experience in community development, housing, criminology, spatial epidemiology and reentry issues. He speaks nationally about data driven decision making and was chosen as one of Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013. He’s a dad, husband and co-author for the new book on open public data: Beyond Transparency.

Smarter Crime Fighting

It's a rare thing for us to post something from the TED world but this talk by Anne Milgram of the Arnold Foundation (and the former attorney general of New Jersey) is worth watching.  Our work to build a more data driven community safety and justice system in Alameda County mirrors much of her experience [...]

By | 2014-01-29T14:11:38+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Categories: Community Safety and Justice|

How Oakland Votes

What is diversity in a democracy? As Oakland prepares to finalize it's new political boundaries for the next 8-10 years, we began exploring the available data from our local elections.  You often see statewide maps of county results and sometimes beautiful interactive maps from New York and Chicago, but we wanted to allow the public [...]

By | 2013-12-27T13:21:23+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Launching today: the Savvy Consumer Toolkit

Urban Strategies Council and AC CAN are pleased to announce the online launch of the Savvy Consumer Toolkit! This Toolkit is a financial education curriculum with a community consciousness, as it uses popular education to develop critical thinking skills regarding the long term cost and community impact of predatory financial products and services.  Toolkit participants become more informed [...]

By | 2015-07-20T09:37:36+00:00 December 10th, 2013|Categories: Economic Development, Income and Assets Development|

Don’t silo your geeks

**First posted on Harvard Data Smart Cities here I’ve just told another partner organization “Don’t silo your geeks!”  It’s about the tenth time this year that I’ve conveyed this message. The way most organizations utilize research, mapping and data is the same whether the analysis comes from an internal group or a contracted partner. You [...]

By | 2013-12-02T22:54:17+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Cross Sector Collaboration|

Does the world need another PDF?

*Cross posted from the Harvard Data Smart Cities site If you’re in government or academia you have surely seen reports that sit on shelves and do nothing once they’ve been compiled. You may even have helped to produce them. They often cost a lot yet yield very little.  At the other end of the information [...]

By | 2013-12-02T22:52:57+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

CityCamp Oakland

OpenOakland, the City of Oakland, Urban Strategies Council and a few other key, local organizations will be holding a CityCamp at City Hall on December 1st. We are expecting 100-150 people to attend and hope you will join us. A CityCamp is an unstructured conference where municipal employees, department heads, technology folks, developers (of software), [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:20:56+00:00 November 1st, 2012|Categories: Data, Urban Strategies News|

Code for Oakland Awards Night! See Oakland’s own Tech Genius

This is your invitation to join us for the inaugural Code for Oakland Awards Night where we will see the final (or close to final) applications and web tools built by Oaklanders for Oaklanders. This event is free to the public and anyone interested, we require registration ahead of time so please sign up now! [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:20:56+00:00 September 25th, 2012|Categories: Data|

Public School Finance Data

This week, we have been gathering data (data data) to update InfoAlameda. Since it is Friday, I could not stop myself from doing some analysis and from exploring some free tools. So, here is a summary table and chart created from Public Education Finances data created by US Census. The Tools Using Open Office, I [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:20:56+00:00 September 14th, 2012|Categories: Education Reform, Issue Areas|

ESRI User Conference 2012 Presentation

This year some of our research staff attended the enormous ESRI Users Conference in San Diego, along with 15,000 other spatial analysts, mappers, programmers and data geeks. We got to tell the story of how and why we built InfoAlamedaCounty and what it means for our community. Take a look at our presentation below and [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:21:13+00:00 September 5th, 2012|Categories: Data, Presentations|
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