September 21, 2012 | by

How civic open data can help make us safer

Transportation for America LogoA federal government commitment to open data — epitomized in a White House “datapalooza” last Friday — has catalyzed the development of apps and tools that can help enrich citizens’ lives and help keep them safer.

We’re no stranger at T4 America to the idea of using open government data to help ordinary citizens better understand their transportation system and how federal and local transportation policy needs to change to make them safer. We’ve regularly used public data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to seed useful tools, like the interactive map of ten years of pedestrian fatalities (Dangerous by Design) that uses the federal traffic fatalities database, or the nationwide map of all U.S. deficient bridges (The Fix We’re In For) sourced from the regular National Bridge Inventory submitted by states to the federal government each year.

The White House followed up their announcement of earlier in 2012 with a day-long “datapalooza” in Washington, D.C. last week that brought together organizations and developers interested in safety data specifically.

Read the rest of this article by Stephen Lee Davis at Transportation for America.

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September 13, 2012 | by

Fire Chief Richard Price Invited to White House to Present PulsePoint App

White HousePLEASANTON, CA – On Friday, September 14, 2012 San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price will present the lifesaving PulsePoint App at a White House “Safety Datapalooza” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The event will be streamed live at beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST.

The White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation invited Chief Price to the event highlighting innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.

The event will also feature the announcement of new safety data resources being made available, including valuable, real-time tools to provide details about natural disasters and improve preparedness and emergency response. The event will be followed by an “expo” in which attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the innovations highlighted.

The event will feature John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Seth D. Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor; Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey and Todd Park, Assistant to the President, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that… save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local Fire Departments, EMS agencies, and Police Departments to improve communications with citizens and empower them to reduce worldwide sudden cardiac arrest deaths. For more information visit

Note to Editors
For additional web and print resources related to the app including sample screen shots, supporting images and video, please visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at

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