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SwiftRiver: Keeping Your Head Above Data

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 1 2010

From the folks behind the crowd-sourcing reporting system Ushahidi comes an announcement that a brand-new version of SwiftRiver has launched. SwiftWha? Here's the scoop: Read More

The UK Gets Its Law Dot Gov

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 18 2010

The United Kingdom's National Archives has launched Legislation.gov.uk, an online home for legislation from 1267 to the present day. That's not a typo. That's just an old, old country. Read More

Wikileaks, Pirate Party Shake Hands Over Servers

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 18 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge shake hands over an agreement for the party to host several Wikileaks servers. Photo via Torrent Freak. Read More

Poligraft Launches. Swear.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, August 5 2010

Earlier this week, I teased you all with pre-mature notice that the Sunlight Foundation's* new Poligraft.com had launched. This afternoon, I pinkie swear that the site is actually up and running. Read More

Open Data, Open Kitchens, Closed Mouths?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 3 2010

Photo credit: moominmolly New York City restaurateurs aren't particularly thrilled by the city's new easy-to-use website and widget for pulling up health inspection data on the city's many eateries, delis, and Read More

Data Has Its Limits: Searching for Stories in "Top Secret America," Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 30 2010

Judge Richard Posner isn't a fan of "Top Secret America," the Washington Post's investigative project that landed with a big splash but hasn't seemed to produce many subsequent ripples. Read More

Lucy Bernholz on the Need for Social Analytics

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 20 2010

Lucy Bernholz is writing one of the smartest and most engaging blogs I follow, Philanthropy 2173. The title of her site might make you think it's only about philanthropy, but it's really more about the future, social ... 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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