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NYC 'urban informatics' program readies for start

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City graduate program aimed at applying information technology to urban problems is gearing up to admit its first class this summer.

The New York University-led Center for Urban Science and Progress Thursday showed off its temporary home in a Brooklyn office building Thursday to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The center is dedicated to "urban informatics," or collecting and analyzing data to understand and improve living in the world's cities. About 20 master's degree students are expected to start in August, along with another 20 in a certificate program.

It arose from a city competition aimed at developing applied-sciences programs. The city is providing $15 million in tax incentives.

The program will eventually move into a city-owned Brooklyn building formerly occupied by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.