Temple studio to connect ''urban communities with a digital ecosystem"

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Temple has received $500,000 from the federal Economic Development Administration to build an Urban Apps & Maps Studio, which will serve as a hub for creating software applications and data sets—connecting high school and college students and community members to Temple's faculty, entrepreneurs and civic leaders. Jie Wu, chair of computer and information sciences, sums up the studio's mission as "connecting urban communities with a digital ecosystem." Nurturing people's interests in new technologies can lead to job growth, he said, especially since new software can be developed with minimal investment. Temple also received nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation to test campus and urban wireless networks.