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How open data can help save lives

The article How open data can help save lives discusses how data management can assist both public and personal safety.

At the public planning level, open data can be used determine the best placement for emergency services, how to respond in life-threatening situations, the ways in which disaster relief can be effectively dispatched to affected areas, and where to target health interventions.

At a personal safety level, open data can be used to identify residential areas with the lowest crime rates, and to determine the safest commutes to and from work.

The greatest impact comes from bringing data layers together, for example to determine areas which are at greatest risk from a number of factors.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com) and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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