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A Legislative Framework in Place, Oklahoma Says OK to Open Data

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 11 2011

Oklahoma joined the ranks of states with open data portals this week when data.ok.gov launched on Wednesday. The portal launch is a splashy public milestone in the long, dull, and generally boring-but-important process ... Read More

DIY Urban Development: Step One is to Start a Facebook Group

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 7 2011

Newcastle, Australia, sounds a bit like Detroit. An industrial city with historic ties to shipbuilding, Newcastle suffered greatly during the decline of first-world manufacturing and the rise of the suburbs; as flight ... Read More

In New Hampshire, Voters Send In the Geeks

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 2 2011

The New Hampshire state legislature, called the General Court, saw an influx of technologists this year. Photo: Joe Hardenbrook / Flickr The New Hampshire state legislature is a whole lot geekier this year. Swept into ... Read More

An Open Data Day Bounty

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 6 2010

A screenshot of a visualization built as part of International Open Data Day, a distributed day of civic action from hackers and wonks the world over. Source: David Eaves This weekend, Canadian writer, activist and open ... Read More

A Local Gov 2.0 Primer

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 29 2010

Fast Company's Anya Kamenetz rounds the bases on what the local Gov 2.0 crowd is doing around the country in an article for the magazine's December/January issue, which appeared online today. Regular readers of this blog ... Read More

PdF Latin America: Lighting Bonfires, Planting Seeds and Building Networks

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 24 2010

Photo credit: "Sunset Over Santiago" by Deanna Zandt These are my notes on the first PdF Latin America conference that just finished last week in Santiago, Chile: Latin America is a hotbed of efforts to watchd ... Read More

Open Data at the Golden Gate, But Transparency? Maybe Not Yet

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 19 2010

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signs open data legislation into law. Photo: Courtesy Gavin Newsom / twitpic San Francisco, Ca., made the news last week when its board of supervisors passed an open-data law, one-upping ... Read More

Code for America: Developers Pledge to Connect Citizens, and Each Other, in 2011

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 17 2010

In 2011, a group of 20 technologists across the country will test a theory: Given coding talent and information-technology knowledge, big municipal governments can make their cities better without spending a whole lot of ... Read More

All Government is Local 2.0: manor.govfresh

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 22 2010

We're pleased to repost this first-hand report on the Manor GovFresh conference that just concluded in Texas, from PdF friend Jon Lebkowsky. Read More