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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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Mark Latonero: Data-Driven Tensions in Human Rights

August 20th, 2015

During the GovLab’s most recent Ideas Lunch, Mark Latonero, Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, spoke about the numerous tensions that result from data collection in human rights issues, emphasizing both its potential for good and the dilemmas it provokes. In the past decade, a growing group of innovators began finding solutions in […]

Open Data: A 21st Century Asset for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

August 19th, 2015

The economic and social potential of open data is widely acknowledged. In particular, the business opportunities have received much attention. But for all the excitement, we still know very little about how and under what conditions open data really works. To broaden our understanding of the use and impact of open data, the GovLab has […]

USDA and GovLab Academy teamed up to provide a “First of Its Kind” Camp for DC-Area Teens Focused Specifically on Open Data and Agriculture

August 18th, 2015

This Summer USDA and GovLab Academy collaborated to provide an Open Data Summer Camp for middle and high school students. Please find Below a blog on the Camp by Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning, U.S. Department of Agriculture that was first posted at USDA’s site: Picture of the second session of the Open Data STEAM Summer Camp […]

Automatic Benefits: Reducing Red Tape, Improving Lives

August 18th, 2015

Latest Column of Beth Simone Noveck (The GovLab) in Governing: “In 2005, California instituted a pilot program called ReadyReturn in which 50,000 taxpayers received an already-completed state tax return. The state compiled the returns based on data it already had from employers and banks. A survey of ReadyReturn participants found that 90 percent said they […]

Open Data 500 Australia study reveals early insights

August 12th, 2015

Today the Department of Communications of the Australian Government issued early findings of the first stage of their Open Data 500 study. The Government has released 65 use cases that document the new and innovate ways Australian organisations are using open government data. In partnership with GovLab and along with other members of  OD500 Global Network, which include the U.S., Mexico, Italy […]

Getting youth excited about data

August 11th, 2015

At the end of July, the GovLab Academy finished delivering in Washington, DC, two sessions of the US Department of Agriculture’s first Open Data Summer Camp for middle and high school students. The experience was, by all accounts, highly successful. After each 2-week program, both students and parents reported that we were able to build […]

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Academy of Management Annual Meeting on ‘Opening Governance’ Kicks Off Today

August 7th, 2015

As part of its core mission, the GovLab-chaired MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance seeks to take a broad and evolving look at how institutions and processes of governance are being (and could be) reimagined, from a diversity of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We are hence delighted to highlight today’s kick off of the 75th Annual Academy of […]

Open Civic Data: Of the People, By the People, For the People

July 24th, 2015

By: Arnaud Sahuguet, John Krauss, Luis Palacios and David Sangokoya  This is an excerpt from the special issue on urban informatics, published in the December 2014 issue of the Data Engineering bulletin produced by IEEE Computer Society.  You can find the article in its entirety at the following link: http://sites.computer.org/debull/A14dec/issue1.htm. Sixty percent of the world population will live in […]

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