Archive by Author

Why Big Data Is a Big Deal for Cities

John M. Kamensky in Governing: “We hear a lot about “big data” and its potential value to government. But is it really fulfilling the high expectations that advocates have assigned to it? Is it really producing better public-sector decisions? It may be years before we have definitive answers to those questions, but new research suggests that […]

Why We Make Free, Public Information More Accessible

Gabi Fitz and Lisa Brooks in Philantopic: “One of the key roles the nonprofit sector plays in civil society is providing evidence about social problems and their solutions. Given recent changes to policies regarding the sharing of knowledge and evidence by federal agencies, that function is more critical than ever. Nonprofits deliver more than direct […]

Democracy in Action

Bea Schofield at Wazoku: “…RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce),…start off a journey towards a more innovative, inclusive and democratic policy-making model. The first in their series of three public Challenges has launched today, with a focus on how the economy can work for everyone. RSA is calling on the […]

Why you should donate your data (as well as your organs) when you die

David Martin Shaw, J. Valérie Grossand Thomas C. Erren in The Conversation: “Most people are aware they can donate their organs when they die. Doing so is very important: Each deceased donor can save several lives if he donates his organs and tissue and they are used for transplantation. Support for organ donation among members of the […]

First They Got Sick, Then They Moved Into a Virtual Utopia

Kristen French at BackChannel: “…Today, Second Life is mostly forgotten by the broader public. An estimated 800,000 users are active on a monthly basis, according to Second Life parent company Linden Lab. That’s tiny compared to the 1.86 billion users who are active on Facebook each month. Yet some communities have quietly continued to thrive in the […]

Organizational crowdsourcing

Jeremy Morgan at Lippincott: “One of the most consequential insights from the study of organizational culture happens to have an almost irresistible grounding in basic common sense. When attempting to solve the challenges of today’s businesses, inviting a broad slice of an employee population yields more creative, actionable solutions than restricting the conversation to a small […]


“DataRefuge is a public, collaborative project designed to address the following concerns about federal climate and environmental data: What are the best ways to safeguard data? How do federal agencies play crucial roles in data collection, management, and distribution? How do government priorities impact data’s accessibility? Which projects and research fields depend on federal data? […]

The light and the dark side of the use of EU funding: the results of Monithon’s civic monitoring

Report by Luigi Reggi at Monithon (Monitoring Marathon): “…All in all, this small journey in Monithon’s civic monitoring proves at least two things. The first is that using public data for a real accountability action is a huge effort, as well as an amusement. The data, despite being open, does not answer the universe of questions for […]

How a Political Scientist Knows What Our Enemies Will Do (Often Before They Do)

Article by the National Academy of Sciences, part of a series, From Research to Reward, seeking to demonstrate how advances in our understanding of natural processes often lead to surprising and remarkable benefits for society: “…From the time of quills and cannons to our era of cyber-attacks and drone warfare, mathematics has been crucial to national […]

Mapping open data governance models: Who makes decisions about government data and how?

Ana Brandusescu, Danny Lämmerhirt and Stefaan Verhulst call for a systematic and comparative investigation of the different governance models for open data policy and publication…. “An important value proposition behind open data involves increased transparency and accountability of governance. Yet little is known about how open data itself is governed. Who decides and how? How […]