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Deciding “simple numbers” calls for collaboration boosters

Users of data often ask for “simple numbers.” But the data experts who sit across the table can only clear their throats and reply with a question: Which of the many possible numbers do you mean?

Answering that may be tougher for smart cities than for business, I imagine. In business, both sides of the table are likely to share values and context. But as cities open the data spigots, I expect those answers to take extra bits of “smart.” That calls for tools that give collaboration a gentle boost.

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