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Getting it Right: Gov.uk

BY David Eaves | Monday, October 22 2012

For possibly the first time in my life, I’m actually excited about a national government website. It would appear that in the United Kingdom, the designers, the developers and the content creators of a government have finally beaten the managers. And the result? Not only is it stunning, but it actually stands to be compared against the websites that citizens regularly use. Citizens will compare government websites not to one another but to sites like Google or Facebook, and Gov.uk easily stands up to that comparison. Read More

New Version of GOV.UK Released

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 3 2012

The British Government Digital Service has released an updated version of its beta GOV.UK site, which first launched in January. Read More

For CFPB, "Open" Also Means "On GitHub"

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 9 2012

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that from here on out, if it contracts with a third party to build software, that code will be shared with the public at no charge.

In a blog post on April 6, the CFPB's Matthew Burton announced that the agency will also use open source software and release its own software products as open source. Code that might expose "sensitive deals that would put the Bureau at risk for security breaches" is excluded, but otherwise, Burton points us to CFPB's GitHub repository for a soon-to-be-growing list of code coming out of the nascent federal entity.

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UK's MySociety Releases How-To Guides, Source Code for Open Government Activists

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, March 26 2012

MySociety.org, the group behind several civic and democratic websites in the United Kingdom, this year is stepping up its effort to help people in other countries build websites based on its model with a project called DIY mySociety.

While in the past, the group has spread the word, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, through the CEE.mysociety.org project, and Tony Bowden, international agitator for mySociety, speaking at conferences and meetings, it is now aiming to reach a larger audience online by sharing the code of its sites, publishing how-to guides and engaging with the community through social networks and mailing lists. There are already projects based on mySociety's WhatDoTheyKnow model in Kosovo, Germany, Brazil and the European Union.

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Boston's Street Bump coming to Britain

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, March 26 2012

The smartphone app Street Bump, which allows users to report potholes and was first tested in Boston last year, is now also coming to Bristol in the United Kingdom, the BBC and the Sunday Times (of London) reported. The idea behind the application, as CNN recently reported, is that a smartphone's accelerometer senses potholes while driving, and then sends that data with a GPS coordinate to a city database, to create a "real-time" map of road conditions, and catch critical road conditions earlier. Read More

HHS' "Entrepreneur-in-Residence," Todd Park, to Become Next White House CTO

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 9 2012

Todd Park at an event in September. Photo: Maria Ly / Flickr

The White House has announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park, will take that title again at the federal level as the next U.S. CTO. Chopra announced in late January that he would be stepping down and return to Virginia, but hasn't yet said what he'll be doing next. Park has described his role at HHS as that of an "entrepreneur in residence," which meant, in practice, spending a lot of time working to change the way HHS handles data. "The President has asked him to bring that same approach to a broader mission – helping to replicate those and other best practices across government and bring them to scale," the White House announced in a press release. Another White House official, Tom Power, will serve in another role that Chopra held, that of OSTP's associate director for technology, until a permanent replacement is found. Read More

Seven Ideas to Reboot Government Innovation In San Francisco

BY Luke Fretwell | Thursday, January 26 2012

Luke Fretwell writes:

"There’s been a great deal of discussion lately around the topic of government innovation, especially here in San Francisco, with the appointment of a new chief innovation officer, a new “civic accelerator,” a new venture with a consortium of Bay Area technology companies and a new technology and innovation task force led by SF Mayor Ed Lee.

All signs point to a bright gov 2.0 future for SF but, before we get too excited, let’s look back so we can learn how to best overcome the past two years of innovation inertia."

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Open-Source, Real-Time Bus Tracking Is Coming to All of New York City

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 11 2012

New York City's public transit provider, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is set to pour millions of dollars into a high-tech project that will give New Yorkers a real-time view into the exact location of every bus in the city. Read More

'Engage Omaha:' a Web Platform for Citizen Input

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 13 2011

Late last month, the City of Omaha launched a web platform to collect citizen input on budget priorities for its next budget. The platform is an instance of MindMixer, built by an Omaha-based company focused on idea ... Read More

StreetFilms' Introduction to Transit Data

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 2 2010

A Case for Open Data in Transit from Streetfilms on Vimeo. The folks at StreetFilms, part of OpenPlans, today released a video argument in favor of public transit authorities releasing the data they gather in the course ... Read More