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About that "government data" you've been hearing about...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 7 2009

There's not going to be much in the way of new news for our regular readers in Claire Cain Miller's big piece in the New York Times today about how governments are slowly opening up their data stores to the public and ... Read More

Is data making us dumber?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 3 2009

CAP's Matt Yglesias argues that the growing trend towards greater political transparency and open data might actually make we the people even less knowledgeable about how government works. Read More

It Takes a Village to Figure Out Where Tony Blair Keeps His Money

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 2 2009

The Guardian UK news organization is having a beast of a time figuring out the interplay between all the different financial vehicles and assests that house the many millions of pounds that the former prime minister has ... Read More

In 2009, Searchers were Googley for Democrats (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 2 2009

Google has opened up a window onto what, in 2009, people typed into that little white box before they clicked "Search." Politics Daily's Emily Miller has a good breakdown of this year's Google Zeitgeist lists, ... Read More

An Interview with Craig Fugate, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 24 2009

Hurricanes might gather force, low-lying areas pool with water, and wildfires rage much as they long have. But today they rise as a challenge to a different American people. From mobile phones to Twitter, the ... Read More

Foods Liberals Like

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 13 2009

And conservatives, too. But that flowed better. Hunch, a newish site from the folks behind Flickr that wants to help you make decisions, has dug into the cache of social data they've amassed thus far to take a look at ... Read More

Defending Clunkers with a Data Dump

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 9 2009

CARS.gov, the Department of Transportation's online home for its Cash-for Clunkers program, has posted the raw data on the nearly 700,000 cars that were traded in during the course of the month-long program. Read More

Four-Fifths of U.S. States Still Not Releasing Structured Election Data

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 3 2009

Here's a neat little civic engagement project to get started on tomorrow. Google and the Pew Center on the States have been working for years now on something called the Voting Information Project, aimed a solving one ... Read More

Googling Virginia's Vote

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 22 2009

The Google Voting Information Project, an effort we've geeked out over in the past for its attempt to organize election information in a way most useful to citizens, is rolling out a widgety thing on the occasion of the ... Read More

Membership Data Becomes Newest Weapon Against Britain's Far-Right BNP

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 21 2009

Why might the British National Party not exactly be thrilled that its membership list was revealed to all the world on Wikileaks, that online clearinghouse of sneaky bits created by Chinese dissidents and geared towards ... 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

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