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

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 […]

Mapping the Landscape of Readia-Land: Michael Levine at The Governance Lab

TVs, touchscreens, and smartphones are now almost ubiquitous in homes. Many young children are watching, listening to, or interacting with two to three hours of screen media per day. Far from portending the death of reading, however, in the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series at the Governance Lab, Michael Levine, Founding Executive Director of […]

Looking Back at the “Data-Driven & Collaborative Solutions” Public Forum on Opening Governance

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance, GovLab and Nesta hosted a public forum on data-driven and collaborative solutions to public problems. In addition to giving members of the Research Network – including GovLab’s Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Geoff Mulgan – an opportunity to share some of […]

Network of Innovators Experiment: What We Are Learning About Expertise Matching

By Beth Simone Noveck and Andrew Young Reposted from the UK Cabinet Office Open Policymaking Blog. Increasingly “experimentalism is no longer confined to formal scientific labs,” writes Charles Leadbetter. “It has become an organising method for social policy, startup businesses, venture capitalists, tech companies and the creative arts.” In order to improve how we govern, […]

Dr. Samir K. Brahmachari on the Open Source Drug Discovery project

Written by Beth Noveck and Irene Tello Arista (Here is a link to the transcript of the talk) In India and around the world, thousands of primarily poor people die every day from tuberculosis. There has been no new TB treatment developed in forty years and resistance to existing drugs is increasing. Because TB disproportionately […]

People-Driven Governance: Spain’s Podemos Party

In June 2014, The GovLab hosted two online sessions focused on “crowdlaw” (i.e. collaboratively developed and drafted legislation, regulation, and constitutions). The sessions were designed to create a dialogue among global practitioners from Iceland, Argentina, and elsewhere around establishing best practices for crowdlaw. (In case you missed the sessions, you can watch the full videos […]

Legisletters: A Hub for Congressional Correspondence

By Daniel Schuman, cross-posted from Congressional Data Coalition This week GovLab beta launched a new tool, Legisletters, which automatically gathers congressional correspondence with agencies and publishes it in a searchable, user-friendly interface. The project is the brainchild of Travis Moore and Andrew Miller, with some advice from me, and was magnificently developed by John Krauss at GovLab. Members of Congress […]