Article at Kennedy School’s Data-Smart City Solutions, “Data-Driven Insights on Urban Water Systems”

Yannis Orfanos, research associate at the Zofnass Program, wrote about “Data-Driven Insights on Urban Water Systems: The Zofnass Information Tool for the City of Chelsea, MA” (June 2016). The article was hosted by the Data-Smart City Solutions of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Data-Smart City Solutions is working to catalyze adoption of data projects on the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field.

The article is a summary of the development of the Zofnass Information Tool as a result of the grant on urban water management from the Surdna Foundation where we are developing softwares that will better manage the system using this technology – Through data visualization the tool provides holistic information to non-expert city stakeholders about the city’s water system. It also introduces intervention opportunities that can improve the system and promote sustainability. They also collaborated with Igloo to produce Igloo Software that can help when it comes to communication.

The article was picked up in media by Bloomberg Cities, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Harvard Office for Sustainability, and GovTech.

Image credit: Michalis Pirokka, Harvard GSD (MLA ’14), Landscape Architect & Remote Sensing Specialist


Jul 6 2016 Zofnass Program

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