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WaPo: We're Losing the Brand Wars to Transparency

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 15 2010

The Washington Post's ombudsperson Andrew Alexander has an apology to make. He's super sorry that the Post doesn't do a better job exposing its readers to government data: Read More

Measure Your Broadband, Do It for Your Country

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 12 2010

Credit: daleonsouth (Photo caption: "Discovered I was without internet a couple of days ago...") Read More

It's the VAN, But Mini

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 22 2010

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Wild Horses: Data.gov Proves Good Stats are Hard to Wrangle

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 28 2010

Rollin' rollin' rollin', keep them data rollin': A herd of federal agency data was taken in from the pasture on Jan. 22. // Photo: Bureau of Land Management Not to knock the plight of the wild North American horse, but ... Read More

The True Story of How the UK Got Its Data.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 27 2010

Last week, the British government took the wraps off of Data.gov.uk. They're not shy about admitting that U.S.'s Data.gov was their inspiration, but they're aiming to do the States one better. Some say they already ... Read More

DC get its Snowmap on

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 21 2009

To celebrate this weekend's snowpocalypse, the government-data-lovin' city of Washington DC constructed an online "Snowmap" showing where and how city vehicles had plowed and/or salted your neighborhood, with ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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