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Friday Document Drop: 'Austin Open Government Online'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 18 2011

A heavy chunk of research the City of Austin commissioned as part of its website redesign process went online late last month in the form of a report to a committee of the city's legislature. The city of Austin has been ... Read More

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

State-Level Legislatures' Bills to Get First Machine Reading

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 18 2011

Source: OpenGovernment.org State-level open government and open data enthusiasts just got a new experiment to work with, as OpenGovernment.org, a project to provide easier access to information about the deliberations of ... Read More

Seeing the Snow for the Blizzard: Using Mobile for Government Oversight

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 11 2011

Over on his company blog, Mobile Commons*' Jed Alpert has a quick Q&A with the digital editor of WNYC's program The Takeaway, Jim Colgan, about a project the public radio station did to allow New Yorkers to document ... Read More

Facebook and States Work Out a Safe Space

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, January 6 2011

Facebook, the company, and the attorneys general from more than a dozen U.S. states have worked together to craft a bespoke set of terms of service, one aimed at turning Facebook, the social platform, into a friendlier ... 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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