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“Open Data and the United Nations: experts reflect on current open data challenges within the UN and outline a path forward”

April 16th, 2014

The emergence of open data, that is data sets that public and private entities make publicly available, has created a groundswell of excitement within governance, academia, and multi-lateral sectors because of its potential to make public services more efficient, hold elected officials accountable, generate economic value, and shorten the distance between governments and citizens. The […]

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Redesigning Government Spending: Senate Gives Green Light to DATA

April 15th, 2014

Last Thursday marked an important milestone in open governance: the Senate passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) – a piece of federal legislation designed to leverage open and standardized data to increase accountability and transparency in U.S. Federal government spending and reporting. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Senate version of DATA in […]

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Big Step for Public Access to Legislation

April 14th, 2014

By Daniel Schuman – cross-posted from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Earlier today, the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee made a major move towards improving public access to legislative information. In layman’s terms, the committee said that by the beginning of the next Congress information about the disposition of bills—where they are in […]

The Open Data 500: Putting Research Into Action

April 10th, 2014

On April 8, the GovLab made two significant announcements. At an open data event in Washington, DC, I was pleased to announce the official launch of the Open Data 500, our study of 500 companies that use open government data as a key business resource. We also announced that the GovLab is now planning a […]


Innovation in Government: Toward Open and Smart Government (Symposium)

April 10th, 2014

Last weekend, the GovLab’s Chief of Research and Development Stefaan Verhulst spoke at the Technological Innovation in Government: Toward Open and Smart Government Symposium at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center. The event featured leaders in a diversity of fields sharing their “proven strategies, policies, and examples of technological innovation in government.” Speakers at […]

Launching the Open Data 500

April 8th, 2014

The GovLab at NYU Releases “The Open Data 500”: First comprehensive study of companies that use open government data  Website demonstrates 500 ways to build a business on free data from government Department of Commerce to join the GovLab’s first business/government roundtable A vast new reservoir of economic value, estimated to be worth trillions of […]

Chris Taggart – OpenCorporates, the Largest Open Database of Companies in the World. What, How, and Where Next?

April 7th, 2014

At the latest GovLab Ideas Lunch, Chris Taggart, Co-Founder and CEO of OpenCorporates, presented his company’s work as a case study of innovating by applying open data to better understand the corporate world. In order to build awareness of and support for open data, President Obama declared last year that open data “is going to […]

Event on Tuesday: The Economic Impact of Open Data

April 7th, 2014

JOIN US THIS TUESDAY – Live webcast will be provided here: Center for Data Innovation: “Government agencies collect a vast amount of data that is valuable not only to the agency that collected it, but also to many other stakeholders in the public and private sector. By making their data freely available without restrictions, government […]

Re-imaging civic engagement in NYC: Participatory Budgeting

April 6th, 2014

Guest post by Hollie Russon Gilman (@hrgilman): Today residents throughout New York City went to the voting booth.  It’s not a traditional election. Rather, residents are voting for project proposals put forth by their fellow neighbors in this years round of participatory budgeting (PB). Ten out of fifty one New York City Council members put forth […]

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