UCSUR and the state of Open Data in Pittsburgh

Open data legislation has been recently introduced in City Council by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. UCSUR’s Bob Gradeck was in Council chambers for a post-agenda session on January 30th to share his thoughts on how open data will benefit many different constituencies in the City.

UCSUR has also been tracking social media sentiment on open data in Pittsburgh. Using software developed by Crimson Hexagon, a Boston based analytics company, UCSUR can study social media content on a variety of topics. Crimson Hexagon provides tools for aggregating and summarizing social media comment on various platforms including blogs, forums, online comments and twitter, among others. The image above is the current “topic wheel” of comments associated with Open Data in Pittsburgh.