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Is the Open Data Movement Giving Story Telling Short Shrift?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 23 2010

Tim Berners Lee in a 2009 photo by Silvio Tanaka Movements to free vast caches of data from the greedy clutches of the public section are popping up all over the world, as one look at the Read More

How One Man With a Laptop Counts the Afghanistan War Dead

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 22 2010

The New York Times' Noam Cohen had a story yesterday about Michael White, a programmer, whose iCasualties.org, where he keeps a tally of the dead and injured among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is widely used ... Read More

Field, Meet Fundraising: Inside the Merger of Two of the Left's Powerhouse Data Firms

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 11 2010

Left to be worked out in the merger of VAN and NGP: "Whether Lefty the donkey, NGP’s current mascot will continue in his position, or be replaced by a new mascot, Lefty driving a VAN." Photo credit: Mike ... Read More

Wikileaks' "War Logs" Prove a Boon to Researchers Allowed at Them

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 11 2010

Wikilkeaks founder Julian Assange; photo credit: Ben Bryant Read More

The 311 Transaction

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 10 2010

Steven Johnson, writer and online entrepreneur, has a piece for Wired in which he explains what the treasure trove of data collected by New York City's 311 non-emergency reporting system can tell us about the swirling ... Read More

Facebook's Look at Which Voters Turned Out Tuesday

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 5 2010

As we've discussed, nearly 12 million people clicked Facebook's "I Voted" button on election day Tuesday. The nice thing about being Facebook's in-house data team is that you get to dig through those number and ... Read More

Taking a Deep Breath Over Google Supposedly Sending People to the Wrong Polling Places

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 4 2010

Google's polling-place look-up tool used Voting Information Project data to point people to where they needed to go to cast a ballot. A Google spokesperson says that a few million people used the tool on and before this ... Read More

First-Ever IOGDC, Where the OGD Stands for "Open Government Data"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 27 2010

Posted on Data.gov, notice that next month will see a coming together of open government data heads from the world over, hosted by the U.S. federal government: Read More