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A Presidential Priority: Unleashing Open Data

Joel Gurin | Posted 07.21.2016 | Technology
Joel Gurin

The next administration's task will be to solidify the gains that have already been made, shape a new vision for a data-driven democracy, and ensure that the leadership and resources are there to make that vision a reality.

Beat the Pollution with the Plume Air App

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.11.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Extreme heat waves are happening with alarming regularity. Summer used to be the time for kids to be outside non-stop. Now, both children and adults n...

Helsinki: A Very Smart City

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.13.2016 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.

City Sustainability Reporting: An Essential Best Practice

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Adam Sulkowski

U.S. and Chinese mayors are discussing climate action this week. There's one best practice in particular that all others depend upon: sustainability r...

Accountable, Transparent Government: The Promise of the DATA Act

Joel Gurin | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Joel Gurin

Every political observer knows that we're living in a time of historically low trust in government and high partisan polarization. But a growing federal commitment to accountability and transparency could begin to change that.

Embarking on a New Adventure: Open Data at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Michelle K. Lee

Few things are more exciting than arriving at an unknown platform for the first time. Whether it's Grand Central Station, Roma Termini, or the metro i...

10 Government Innovations and Their Place in the Hype Cycle

Danny Buerkli | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Danny Buerkli

The Hype Cycle, created by Gartner, provides a helpful and entertaining way to map how a technology develops from conception to maturity to adoption. ...

How 1500+ Organizations Are Using Public Information Across Every Sector and Continent

Laura Manley | Posted 07.15.2016 | Technology
Laura Manley

Co-Authored by Audrey Ariss, Director of Research and Design, Center for Open Data Enterprise Open data - free, publicly available data - is being le...

Responsive Borough: 10,000 Concerned Brooklynites

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.17.2016 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

Given the ongoing gentrification of Brooklyn, it comes as no surprise that affordable housing ranks as one of the top three concerns among residents, after education and youth.

The Movement to Transform Data Into Action in US Cities

Michele Jolin | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact
Michele Jolin

From crime reduction to eliminating blighted properties, cities across the country are using data to improve services, meaningfully engage residents, and make better decisions.

Harnessing the Data Revolution for an AIDS-Free Generation

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

A data revolution is underway at the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). We're using data in transformational ways to prevent more HIV infections and save more lives, ensuring our investments have the greatest impact by targeting lifesaving interventions to the populations and places with the highest HIV/AIDS burden.

Wind Obsessed: How One Kitesurfer Is Using Data Science to Hack an Extreme Sport

Kara Mulder | Posted 04.12.2016 | Science
Kara Mulder

Wind is among the most necessary elements of kitesurfing -- but it's one of the most difficult to predict with any precision. Although existing forecasting applications do a decent job, one kitesurfer believes he can build a better platform.

What You Need to Know About Shell Companies and Corruption in the Wake of the Panama Papers

Hera Hussain | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Hera Hussain

On Sunday, the Internet experienced a meltdown of a different kind. With an unprecedented 2.6 terabytes of data, or 11.5 million confidential documents leaked from a popular Panamanian corporate service provider,  there is now an impressive amount of investigation going on.

Open Data Roundtables: Using Government Data as a National Resource

Joel Gurin | Posted 03.24.2016 | Technology
Joel Gurin

These Roundtables are being held at a time when new uses for government data are being developed almost daily. New and established businesses are finding novel ways to use data on weather, finance, demographics, energy, and more.

Open Data: Why We Should Care

Apolitical | Posted 03.17.2016 | Technology
Apolitical

Apolitical spoke to three pioneers in the field in Burkina Faso, Brazil and India, who told us about fighting corruption, ensuring free elections and preventing crime. These real, substantive issues go beyond the inevitably vague buzzwords of transparency and accountability.

The Open Data Button Takes on For Profit Academic Paywalls

Jason Schmitt | Posted 03.09.2016 | Education
Jason Schmitt

Paywalls stop research ideas dead in their tracks. These obstructions, while counterproductive to the digital, crowd-accelerated innovation world we ...

Transparent governments and institutions publish open data: Fifa should be no exception

Jack Hardinges | Posted 02.10.2016 | Sports
Jack Hardinges

On 26 February a new Fifa president will be elected at a special congress held at the organisation's headquarters in Zurich. The election, which will ...

Presidential Innovation Fellow Adam Becker launches the Department of Better Technology

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I interviewed the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Adam Becker, of The Department of Better Technology (DOBT). DOBT is dedicated to making great software that helps governments and nonprofits better serve their communities.

Data Journalism for Researchers: Masterclass at the World Resources Forum

Pro Journo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Media
Pro Journo

When nothing worked, Florian Ramseger went to the people from the statistics department and showed them his data. In response, he received a question: "Why do you fit your data into a linear model if there is clearly nonlinear correlation?"

Ai Weiwei: Using Art to Push a Nation Towards Open

Jack Hardinges | Posted 01.07.2016 | Arts
Jack Hardinges

Ai Weiwei's retrospective at London's Royal Academy of Art came to a close in December. In it, the Chinese artist showed a range of works that address...

Presidential Innovation Fellow Adam Becker launches the Department of Better Technology

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I interviewed the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Adam Becker, of The Department of Better Technology (DOBT). DOBT is dedicated to m...

This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to ...

Here's A Side Of The City From 'Breaking Bad' You've Never Seen Before

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology

You might know Albuquerque as the setting for AMC's "Breaking Bad" TV series, but New Mexico's biggest city earned praise this year as one of the coun...

Fighting Climate Change: The Ultimate Data Challenge

Joel Gurin | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Joel Gurin

Now scientists are using data not only to monitor climate change but to help provide solutions. Combining data science with climate science may be our best hope to reduce greenhouse gasses and to survive the climate changes already under way.

Bloomberg's Program To Build Better Cities Just Got Bigger

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.11.2015 | Technology

When he was mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg used to quote statistician W.E. Deming’s famous saying: “In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data....