A.R.G.O.

Advanced Research in Government Operations

A rapid prototyping lab for cities that focuses on delivery of the civic data science framework through device, data and decision-making.

Pioneering new ways of delivering basic public services

Click to read a manifesto  by Patrick Atwater on the big frontier in government operations created by the digital revolution.

Click to read a manifesto  by Patrick Atwater on the big frontier in government operations created by the digital revolution.

Our mission is to leverage modern data science tools to support our municipal partners in delivering public services more efficiently, effectively and imaginatively.  In that spirit, we have embarked on the following projects:


Street Quality Identification Device

Street Quality Identification Device or "SQUID" combines a Raspberry Pi with an accelerometer, GPS and a  camera to passively collect street surface quality data with the underlying imagery to provide a ground truth for municipal street inspection across the entire city.  More


California Data Collaborative

The California Data Collaborative ("CaDC") is a coalition of water utilities working together to pioneer new data infrastructure that supports water managers in meeting their reliability objectives.  More


Learnr

A civic engagement platform to  create  a seamless volunteering experience and integrate civic actions routinely. We envision this as a well designed mobile app that connects skilled volunteers with educators & classrooms to offer a new pipeline of learning opportunities.  The overarching purpose is  to demonstrate how a digital matching platform can offer scalable, personalized learning experiences and move us beyond our one-size-fits-all factory like education system. More