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Opower Launches a Social App to Share and Compare Energy Usage

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 4 2012

Energy information software company Opower has partnered with Facebook and the Natural Resources Defense Council to release a new social web application that allows customers of 16 U.S. energy utilities to compare how their energy usage and attempts to save energy with their Facebook friends.

This introduces a competitive element — allowing users to compare their power usage stacks up against those of their friends, the typical American or the most energy-efficient homeowners in the U.S. — in the hopes of turning the electricity bill from a monthly chore into a topic of conversation.

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The Obama Energy Agenda, Illustrated

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 6 2011

The Obama White House continues its experimentation in the political infographic space with the one above, on Obama's approach on energy production and gas prices, released this afternoon in conjunction with the ... Read More

DIY Radiation Mapping

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

Getting passed around today, unsurprisingly, is the National Radiation Map, "depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute." They're looking for people to set up ... Read More

BP Undecided on Hitting Web Cam "Off" Switch

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 25 2010

Mother Jones' David Corn reports that Rep. Ed Markey is objecting to BP's decision to kill its live web cam at the moment it attempts to kill the leaking Deepwater Horizon well off the Gulf Coast. But BP is contending, ... 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 ...

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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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