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Open Data: Going Beyond Solving Problems to Making the Impossible Possible

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

For the past year and a half, my cofounders and team have focused on what it will take to use, interact and learn from data being produced within the civic sector.

How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World

Travis Korte | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Travis Korte

While commentators routinely discuss the ways the United States and other developed countries can use data and analytics to improve the lives of their citizens, the many opportunities for data to transform the developing world are less well-known.

3 Reasons Why Open Data and Mobile Platforms Are Vital for Our Future

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

The demand for access to digital isn't just about making things more convenient. A study shows that access to technology and information changes behaviors in ways that help our environment and quality of life.

Scraping Day Care Data in the Naked City

Marc Shifflett | Posted 08.23.2014 | Home
Marc Shifflett

Data's a funny thing. On the surface it appears fairly banal. Warehouses of tabulated information constructed out of tables with rows and columns of numbers and text representing a series of events or things that share a common type.

Does Facebook Know Your Location? Not for Long With Location Sentry's App

James Grundvig | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
James Grundvig

As the smartphone industry considers adding a 'kill-switch' for mobile devices to curb their theft, law enforcement officials crow that manufacturers ...

Open Data Now: An Interview with Joel Gurin

Phil Simon | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

Big Data is a big deal, but what about Open Data? That is, the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish a...

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

The Power of Open Data

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

The questions we might be able to ask and answer with the release of the Medicare data are numerous, and significant.

Data-Driven Journalism And Open Government

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The collection and strategic use of data is important to every industry and sector, but when it comes to government is all of this data a double-edged...

Do You Want Genetic Research to Move Forward? Then Start Sharing Data!

Isabel Duarte | Posted 06.03.2014 | Science
Isabel Duarte

Genetic research is still very expensive, and if one cannot reuse the data for further analysis, millions of dollars of public money will have gone to waste, harming most of all each and every individual waiting for a cure, while hindering the progress of genetic research.

Looping Government Into the Innovation Economy: Five Rules for Getting San Jose Back on Track

Sam Liccardo | Posted 05.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

Our economy is innovating faster than ever. So why not government? Here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, we understand innovation. The technological innovations created in our region have increased productivity and improved the quality of life of people around the world.

Making Sense of All That Data

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.02.2014 | Technology
Esther Wojcicki

The course is self-paced which means you can log on anytime day or night. You will be learning the basics of data organization, the steps of the data process, how to create and use Google Fusion Tables, how to organize and create charts.

Unlocking the Benefits of Open Data

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Ariel Smilowitz

As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.

Real-Time Disclosure -- One Simple Fix for a More Informed Public

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Citizens are affected every day -- not just in the weeks before an election -- by the decisions of their elected representatives, and have the right to know when those decisions are being driven by large campaign contributions.

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.

How the Global Open Data Movement Is Transforming Journalism

Jeanne Bourgault | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Jeanne Bourgault

The success of early data projects has shifted the tone from he-said, she-said sound bites to solid data sources, and has further inspired journalists, civil society organizations and governments to pool their efforts, and their data.

Here's Why #HackForLA Will Work

Beverly Macy | Posted 08.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Beverly Macy

Yesterday I joined 300 developers, government agencies, businesses, and engaged citizens for the kickoff of #HackForLA - part of a National Day of Civ...

Open Data Is Good for America

Steven VanRoekel | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Steven VanRoekel

Taxpayers paid for these data -- they belong to the public -- so we believe they should be accessible to everyone. And we can't wait to see what new products, services, and companies get created by American entrepreneurs as they innovate using these data as fuel.

Open Data Executive Order Shows Path Forward

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

By requiring agencies to publicly list all their data that could be made public, the president is not just reaffirming that decisions about disclosure should be based on the public interest, he's also giving the public (and Congress) tools to enforce them.

Open Data Platforms: A Tool to Revolutionize Governance

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 06.05.2013 | Technology
Jayaseelan Naidoo

Having returned from speaking at a conference hosted by the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the issue of constituency feedback, I have re-learnt that important lesson: citizens always know better than the government or the market what works for them.

Coding for Hunger: Not Development as Usual

Maura O'Neill | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
Maura O'Neill

Through social media, we can harness crowd-sourced wisdom and rapid diffusion networks to imagine a day in our lifetime where families everywhere can take pride in the accomplishments of their healthy children.

Five Apps to Make NYC Greener: Built in a Weekend

Rachel Sterne | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

Can an app make New York City greener? It can if it influences the little decisions that New Yorkers make every day -- things like recycling a bottle instead of throwing it in the trash, or biking to work instead of driving.

Andrei Scheinkman

Announcing the HuffPost Pollster API

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrei Scheinkman | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

As the presidential race heats up, Americans are increasingly turning to political polls to try to understand the current opinions of the electorate. ...

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Launches New Open Government Website

Alexander Howard | Posted 08.04.2012 | New York
Alexander Howard

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched NYOpenGovernment.com, a new website that his office touts as a means for "voters, the media and government watchdogs to hold state government accountable."

US CTO Looks to Scale Agile Thinking and Open Data to Improve Citizen-Centric Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In the 21st century, federal government must go mobile, putting government services and information at the fingertips of citizens, said United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park in a wide-ranging interview this week.