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project managers leading open data initiatives must build a coalition to give city residents access to important information

Open data projects hold lots of promise in cities around the world, for both residents and the governments that serve them. By making crime statistics, or real-time train or bus information, publicly accessible, they can boost citizen engagement and quality of life. A project in Cairo, Egypt, for example, aims to leverage electricity usage data to eradicate power outages. An open-source portal in San Francisco, California, USA helps citizens handle emergency situations before first responders can arrive. But before such benefits can be delivered, open data project leaders must navigate tricky terrain often containing multiple government agencies, private companies and security fears.
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