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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 resea...

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 e...

Startup Founder's New Job: Bring Innovation to US Government

Renny McPherson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Technology
Renny McPherson

Phaedra Chrousos is a 2x startup founder who now is leading a large innovation initiative in the US government aimed to improve the public's experience with the American government.

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 HealthCare.gov, the makers of Co...