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New FEC Filing Tool for Republican Campaigns: CrimsonFiler

BY Sam Roudman | Tuesday, July 16 2013

CMDI is rolling out a new product, CrimsonFiler, which company vice president Erik Nilsson says will be like a TurboTax for Republican campaign law compliance. Read More

New Tool Takes You Into the Treasury's Bank Account

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, July 12 2013

A new tool, Treasury IO, is designed to make working with data about federal spending much easier to understand. Read More

Is This How to Breathe Life Into a City's Vacant Land?

BY Sam Roudman | Wednesday, July 10 2013

A new online effort hopes to revive Philadelphia's vacant lots. Photo: Matt Bevilacqua

For urbanites in Philadelphia looking to make a garden from one of the city’s 35,000 or so unused lots, the most common advice has consisted of two words: good luck. That’s because while data on any given parcel is technically open there, actually figuring out who owns it, or if anything can be done with it, can require a spelunking expedition into the dark caverns of city bureaucracy. Organizers and developers have launched a new project to make it easier to find and utilize vacant land. Read More

What "We the People" Petitions Say About the Country

BY Sam Roudman | Tuesday, July 9 2013

Developers are beginning to make use of information included in the White House's API for online petitions. Read More

Hawaii Passes Open Data Legislation

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, June 28 2013

Aloha, data. The state of Hawaii has passed its first open data bill, to go into effect next month. The bill requires that state agencies make electronic data sets available, and is sure to expand the offerings of ... Read More

City Officials Hope Open Data Standard Will Help Fight Slumlords

BY Sam Roudman | Wednesday, June 26 2013

What if your apartment used to look like this and you didn't know? Photo: Forsaken Fotos

San Francisco's mayor, Ed Lee, last week announced a new standard for working with data on buildings and building inspections — a project that has attracted attention across the country. Using this standard, cities can make information about buildings and building inspections available in a format that developers could use to better explain the conditions of urban housing stock. “It enables people to make better decision around their housing,” says Ashley Hand, the chief innovation officer of Kansas City, Mo. Read More

Please Stop Selling MOOCs As a Cure-All for Higher Education

BY Sam Roudman | Wednesday, June 19 2013

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, promise to provide cheap or free college courses to any student with a Wi-Fi connection, but that's about it. Funny, then, that someone would suggest otherwise. Funnier still, because that someone is Anant Agarwal, the president of edX, in a recent piece that appeared on the Guardian's website. Read More

The Age of Airbnb: How Cities Adapt to the Sharing Economy

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, June 17 2013

Photo: Sam Howzit

Austin is one of a number of cities coming to grips with how to regulate the growing online market for short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. While creating these regulations gives cities the opportunity to raise revenue through licensing, it also creates a Gordian knot of competing interests. Here's the path some cities are paving through the obstacles towards a new legal framework for the sharing economy. Read More

Disruption or Disobedience? Airport Car Sharing Service Hit With Permit Suit

BY Sam Roudman | Wednesday, June 12 2013

SFO. Photo: Franco Folini

Sometimes sharing is caring, other times it’s grounds for a lawsuit. Peer-to-peer car sharing company FlightCar is the target of a lawsuit filed last week by the City of San Francisco filed a alleging the service engages in “unfair and unlawful operation of a rental car company and parking lot” targeted to patrons of San Francisco International Airport. Read More

OpenStreetMap Report Maps New Lands of Growth

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, June 7 2013

OpenStreetMap's map of New York

The crowd is teeming with cartographers. At least according to a (very pretty) new data report from MapBox. The report details the explosive growth of OpenStreetMap, a free global, crowdsourced map, started in 2004, which (not coincidentally) is holding its US conference this weekend in San Francisco. Read More