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Creating Simpler, More Effective Government Services for Everyone

June 22nd, 2016

The GovLab, Pivotal and the 21st Century Democracy and Technology Meetup recently hosted a talk by Jen Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, on deploying simpler, more effective government services for everyone. Pahlka shared insights gained from her time leading efforts to improve government services […]

Crowdsourcing a Meeting of Minds: Designing the Future of Work

June 15th, 2016

As far as labor revolutions go, crowdsourcing may not seem like such a groundbreaking concept. But according to Michael Bernstein, assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University, crowdsourcing and computation have the potential to revolutionize the way we work and share skills. Bernstein visited the GovLab this month as part of our Ideas Lunch […]

Call for Questions: Help Shape the Open Data Research Agenda

June 13th, 2016

The 2016 Open Data Research Symposium (#ODRS16) is crowd-sourcing questions that if answered could radically increase our understanding of open data On October 5th, researchers from around the world will come together at the 2nd Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS) a pre-event to the International Open Data Conference in Madrid, Spain. Similar to last year’s […]

Data Driven Criminal Justice Projects Coaching Program Launches This Week: Online Mentoring to Support Public Interest Entrepreneurs

June 13th, 2016

With a dramatic rise in the numbers in prison, there is bipartisan support – and a major White House push — for improving public safety while reducing incarceration and making our criminal justice system fairer. A key tool in the movement for criminal justice reform is the ability to use data to understand where problems […]

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The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Collaboratives (Updated and Expanded)

June 10th, 2016

By Neil Britto, David Sangokoya, Iryna Susha, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In […]

Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX) Announces New Partners and New Publications

June 9th, 2016

Launched in April, the Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX) seeks to improve the evidence base on how to change the way we solve problems and make decisions by curating and making accessible a diversity of findings on innovations in governance. We are delighted to share some recent updates: CONTENT: The site has since expanded substantially […]

New Project: Data Collaboratives to Improve Children’s Lives

May 31st, 2016

As public problems grow in complexity and increasingly require new insights, decision-makers both inside and outside government have begun exploring ways to be more data-driven and collaborative. Several of society’s greatest challenges—from addressing climate change to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals—require greater access to data, ability to analyze particular kinds of datasets, and collaboration between […]

Lessons Learned on Technology, Data Sharing & Data Infrastructure for Tech-Enabled Disaster Management by Julian Carver

May 23rd, 2016

Guest Post by Julian Carver Julian Carver was the acting Chief Information Officer at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) until June 2012. From March 2013 – April 2015 he led the Canterbury Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Programme at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), a $5m investment in a set of tech projects to support the […]

The GovLab Embarks to Expand Open Data 500 Study in Collaboration with Columbia Business School

May 23rd, 2016

Which companies are using Open Data, and how are they related? The GovLab Embarks to Expand Open Data 500 Study in Collaboration with Graduate Business School of Columbia University Two years ago the GovLab developed the first-ever census of open data companies in the US: the Open Data 500. Today, in collaboration with the Graduate […]

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