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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, July 24 2014

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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. Read More

Dueling D.C. Events Happening Now: House Republicans and White House Websites

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Two events in Washington, D.C., with big online components, are about to get started: a Facebook event with the House Republican New Media Caucus, about how members of Congress are using social media to connect with ... Read More

Google Analytics Reveal an Unreported Homicide

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

In Washington, D.C., Homicide Watch D.C. editor Laura Amico noticed something odd in her Google Analytics reports yesterday: People were coming to her site looking for "20 year old male killed on fort stanton se may 4." ... Read More

Because You Need Internet Access to Pick A Name With Autocomplete

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 4 2011

The arm of Washington, D.C.'s government responsible for technology — the D.C. Government's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, or OCTO for short — is crowdsourcing the name of an upcoming campaign for ... Read More

The Social and Software Engineering of Open-Sourcing City Code

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 21 2011

The team building Civic Commons stopped off in New York last week, and explained how the project — a Code for America initiative to stand up a system for fostering the use of open-source software in government ... Read More