Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces Data and Technology Partnership with RU–N

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Partnership Includes Mobile Application, Open Data Site (, and an Analytics Team of Graduate Students

Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the City of Newark has begun a four-year partnership with Rutgers University–Newark and its School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) to develop and maintain an official citizen-facing mobile application, an official Open Data repository of non-sensitive city data, and an analytics team of graduate students through the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC). The mobile application, called “My Newark” includes the reporting of non-emergency issues, anonymous police tips, current news, and local information.  The new Open Data portal is available online at and features data on property ownership, 311 calls, permits, and more.  The analytics team of 3 students will leverage the City data to make smart efficiency recommendations.  

“This groundbreaking partnership between Newark and Rutgers University–Newark is about offering 21st Century government services,” said Mayor Baraka. “The mobile app and Open Data site will empower Newark residents, promote transparency, and encourage civic participation.  I commend our team and Rutgers on this partnership and look forward to seeing their data expertise improve how we operate.”

“The work we are doing with the City of Newark on this app, Open Data site, and analytics is a collaborative, reciprocal partnership that sharply reflects the role of Rutgers University–Newark as an anchor institution in the city,” said Rutgers University–Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor. “SPAA and the city are pooling their expertise and learning from one another, which greatly increases the impact of their work both individually and collectively. We look forward to many more such collaborations.”


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Ranked 7th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark educates and motivates students to choose careers in public service and administration through its innovative and comprehensive undergraduate (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), doctoral (PhD), and professional and graduate certificate programs. The school’s faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public service and administration, and collaborates with public and nonprofit sector organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. and the world. Guided by the principles of knowledge, competence, diversity, and service – with an emphasis on public service values and competencies for effective performance – SPAA promotes accountability, transparency, and performance in the public and nonprofit sectors.


A research center of Rutgers University–Newark, the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC) collaborates with researchers and industry experts from various disciplines to provide a platform for multidisciplinary, integrated research and development activities. CIMIC’s mission is to:

  • explore, develop and conduct applied scientific research on issues related to Digital Libraries and Electronic Commerce;
  • identify, develop, and demonstrate new applications and be instrumental in the transfer of technology to sponsor organizations;
  • foster a multi-disciplinary research program that brings together researchers from a diverse set of areas including computer information systems, computer science, environmental science, healthcare, marketing, finance and economics, and industrial engineering, and utilize results and resources of the other centers located within as well as outside Rutgers;
  • sponsor technical workshops and seminars that address timely research challenges; and
  • serve the community through outreach activities by providing education and mentor programs for inner city youth.