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Connecting Innovators in the Prizes Community to Mark Challenge.gov’s 5th Anniversary

October 9th, 2015

This week, the U.S. Government celebrated the 5th anniversary of the open innovation platform Challenge.gov with an event hosted by the Obama Administration, Case Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Georgetown University bringing together practitioners across the prize-backed challenge landscape. To mark the occasion, the Administration also released a new Fact Sheet highlighting new commitments to expand and foster the innovation […]

A growing community of global #CrowdLaw practitioners

October 1st, 2015

Co-authored by Julia Root On September 24th, The GovLab held its third online global conference on #CrowdLaw. Practitioners from 16 countries discussed the challenges and lessons learned when crowdsourcing legislation and constitutions. The session including lightning talks by practitioners with projects from Austria, Brazil, Chile, Finland, United States, Morocco, Libya and Spain and then a […]

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Hacking SkillFinder: How The World Bank’s Talent Network Can Reduce Poverty

October 1st, 2015

C0-authored by Maria Paz Hermosilla In the mid-eighteenth century, Denis Diderot and Jean-Baptiste D’Alembert began publishing their twenty-eight volume encyclopedia with contributions from Enlightenment greats such as Rousseau, Montesquieu and Voltaire. The Encyclopédie endeavored to categorize and widely disseminate secular knowledge systematically in order to shift people’s thinking toward a secular Enlightenment worldview. It is […]

Data Collaboratives and the 70th United Nations General Assembly meeting

September 25th, 2015

Next week, from September 25-27, about 150 world leaders will attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda – in the wake of the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). An important focus area of the Summit involves the use of data for achieving sustainable development. […]

Crowdsourcing Innovations in Disaster Management for Cotopaxi

September 24th, 2015

The City of Quito, Ecuador needs help to prepare for the likely eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano situated 30 miles from Quito. Cotopaxi is currently spewing ash (latest images here). The last large-scale eruption was in 1877, and it is believed that another one is now inevitable. If it erupts, some communities will have less than […]

Data Prizes and Challenges as Data Collaboratives – Terms and Conditions

September 22nd, 2015

The Data Governance Project Jos Berens (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University) and Stefaan G. Verhulst (GovLab) Over the last few months we have noticed increased discussion and activity around “data collaboratives” in which participants from different sectors — including private companies, research institutions, and government agencies — exchange data to help solve public problems. Efforts […]

September 24th Global Online Conference on #CrowdLaw

September 17th, 2015

On Thursday, September 24th from 9:30am – 11:30am EDT, The GovLab will host its third online gathering of CrowdLaw practitioners from around the world. This third installment in an ongoing series on the evolution of CrowdLaw — crowdsourced legislative and regulatory lawmaking — aims to enable participants to share their experiences and learn from one […]

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The Impact of Open Data – Initial Findings from Case Studies

September 8th, 2015

The GovLab is excited to participate this week in ConDatos, the largest open data event in South America, and one of the largest in the world. Given our interest in the reinvention of governance for the 21st century, open data is quite naturally at the core of our research. At ConDatos, GovLab’s co-founder and chief […]

The GovLab Index: Crime and Criminal Justice Data

August 24th, 2015

Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. Previous installments of the Index include Prizes and Challenges, Measuring Impact with Evidence, The Data Universe, Participation and Civic Engagement and Trust in Institutions. “The GovLab Index: Crime and Criminal Data” provides information about the type of crime and criminal […]

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