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Which College is the Best Financial Investment?

Trevor Martin | Posted 11.25.2015 | College
Trevor Martin

In particular, it would be very useful for prospective students to know which colleges offer the most bang for their buck, and a good approximation for this goal is to rank colleges by the ratio of student earnings after graduation to their debt at graduation.

Citizen Science: A Pathway for Citizen Engagement and Innovation

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Hollie Russon Gilman

A combined, cross-sector approach focused on citizens is necessary. The results can be more citizens engaged in the critical science policies that impact our society.

'No more crossed wires': how open innovation is born from company collaboration

Benjamin Cave | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Benjamin Cave

Open Data Institute trainer Ben Cave shares the wide benefits of the open approach taken with eLearning developer Sponge UK in collaborating on the ne...

How New York City Is Using Big Data To Serve Its Residents

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.13.2015 | Technology

City government works better when the people running it can anticipate problems and when the residents it serves know what's happening in their neighb...

How Open Data Helped Uncover Rampant Corruption in Myanmar's Multi-Billion Dollar Jade Industry

Hera Hussain | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Hera Hussain

Open data may not demolish the incentive of corruption but it can go a long way in raising the cost of doing so.

Grime and Open Data: A Match Made in London

Jack Hardinges | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jack Hardinges

Through a Vice documentary last year, grime artist JME asked for transparency to be brought to something that affects both his livelihood and his way of life: performing music. Without realizing it, he may well have been talking about a need for open data.

Mexico Misses Opportunity To Address Corruption And Press Freedom

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY -- When President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke at a global conference on open government Wednesday morning, he could have address...

The Open Data Charter: A Roadmap for Using a Global Resource

Joel Gurin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Joel Gurin

The Charter is a watershed moment for a global movement that has been pushing governments to make more data more open in better ways. Open data is essential to government accountability: It enables citizens to scrutinize the workings of government, ask questions, and take action.

Senate To Approve Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Sharing of computer data on cyber threats between the private sector and U.S. government would increase under legislat...

How Baseball Can Transform Cities

Daniel Arrigg Koh | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Daniel Arrigg Koh

Providing basic city services is a responsibility of municipal governments that stands the test of time. But -- just because a service has been provided for a long time in one way, doesn't mean it's the only way.

The Biggest Hack At The Congressional Hackathon Is Bipartisan Comity

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.23.2015 | Technology

Four years after the First Congressional Hackathon took place in Washington, D.C., the most impressive "hack" Friday was a showing of bipartisanship ...

In Praise of the Reformers

Joseph Powell | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Joseph Powell

The spirit is one of everyone having something to learn and something to offer, regardless of whether you are government or civil society, or what side of the political spectrum you come from. Open government challenges everyone to improve.

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Why Neighborhood Data Are Vital for Detroit's Full Economic Recovery

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 09.28.2015 | Detroit
Melissa Jun Rowley

Growing up an hour and a half outside of Detroit I had feared the city for most of my childhood, primarily because of what I saw on the news.

Democratizing Data - How Open Data Drives Sustainable Development

Joel Gurin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Joel Gurin

Ultimately, open data is about data democratization -- releasing data for all to use in. It can be applied in any country with a commitment to sharing the power of information, trust between government data providers and data users, and the desire to put the data to use.

Finding The Right College Is Hard. New Database Helps Students Choose Wisely.

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Technology

A new government website is helping Americans make more educated decisions about where they go to college. And unlike, the makers of Co...

The Tech Under Bitcoin Could Verify Your Real Estate Records Online

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.03.2015 | Technology

The electronic currency Bitcoin works because of encryption and a blockchain -- a widely accessible, distributed record of everyone who has created, a...

White House Police Data Initiative Could Lead To Reform -- If The Public Demands It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact

We entrust police officers with the ability to use deadly force when necessary to uphold their oaths to protect and serve the public. In many states a...

Data On Canada Is Drying Up Since The Nation Scrapped Its Mandatory Long-Form Census

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.03.2015 | World

Five years ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made participation in Canada's constitutionally mandated long-form census voluntary. ...

Tackling Social Problems with Big Data

Olivia Deng | Posted 08.13.2015 | Technology
Olivia Deng

Dismissed by some as an overhyped jargon and heralded by others as a revolutionary technology, big data has caught fire, rapidly igniting companies and researchers to act. Companies marvel at its utility in marketing and optimizing business processes while researchers tout its promise.

How Albuquerque's Civic IT Innovation Is Catalyzing Change

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

How do you implement twenty years' worth of innovative technology in record time? Start with a Mayor that has the innovative vision and drive to upgrade years' worth of obsolete, archaic business systems and processes while simultaneously creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that spurs community economic development.

What City Halls Across America Say About Using Data and Evidence

James Anderson | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
James Anderson

We're excited to be responding to the demand of City Halls to improve how they govern, because we recognize that supporting better governing improves people's lives. That connection is something we already know works.

OK, Google: Please Collect Air Pollution Data With Street View Cars

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology

Imagine asking your phone to calculate the optimal route for cycling to work while enjoying the best air quality, or calculating whether it's better t... Makes It Easier To Email Your Representatives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.16.2015 | Technology

In 2015, emailing your U.S. representative and senators is still far harder than it should be. The appropriately titled was designed...

A License for Civic Engagement: Cutting Red Tape and Kick-Starting Business

Maury Blackman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Maury Blackman

The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.