Moving Toward Automatic Benefits in New York City

On Tuesday, GovLab’s director, Professor Beth Simone Noveck, appeared at a hearing of the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare to provide expert testimony in support of a bill aimed at easing the process of applying for public benefits. This bill, entitled “Notification of Public Assistance Eligibility,” was introduced originally in 2015 by Councilmember […]

The GovLab Index: Collective Intelligence

By Hannah Pierce and Audrie Pirkl Please find below the next installment in The GovLab Index series inspired by the Harper’s Index. Following the 2017 Collective Intelligence Conference, this installment highlights outcomes, impacts and trends related to efforts to tap into collective intelligence toward solving public problems. We begin with a selection of statistics across […]

Data, Solidarity and Philanthropy

By Natalia Adler (UNICEF) and Stefaan G. Verhulst (GovLab) How do you tackle the world’s most complex socio-economic problems at a time of big data? It is widely recognized today that using data can greatly improve decision-making, optimize operations, and lead to new insights to address increasingly complex problems such as migration, obesity, urbanization, climate […]

Announcing the Data Collaboratives Research Network: Understanding how public value can be generated from private data

by Iryna Susha and Stefaan G. Verhulst Last week the CUNY College of Staten Island, NY welcomed participants in the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o). This year’s dg.o conference hosted a keynote plenary panel titled “Data Collaboratives: How to Create Value from Data for Public Problem Solving?” The panel brought together academics […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption

“Introducing the Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption Initiative,” reposted from The Smarter Crowdsourcing Blog by Dinorah Cantu and Beth Simone Noveck The GovLab: “To identify and implement innovative approaches for fighting corruption, we at The Governance Lab (GovLab) are partnering with Mexico’s Secretaría de la Función Pública (Secretariat of the Civil Service) and the Inter-American Development Bank… […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Blockchain Technology and Its Potential for Transforming Governance

By Prianka Srinivasan, Robert Montano, Andrew Young, and Stefaan G. Verhulst 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 this edition, we explore the […]

How social media data can improve people’s lives – if used responsibly

Stefaan Verhulst (et al) in the Conversation: “In January 2015, heavy rains triggered unprecedented floods in Malawi. Over the next five weeks, the floods displaced more than 230,000 people and damaged over 64,000 hectares of land. Almost half the country was labelled a “disaster zone” by Malawi’s government. And as the humanitarian crisis unfolded, relief […]

Access to New Data Sources for Statistics: Business Models and Incentives for the Corporate Sector

By Thilo Klein (OECD- Paris21) and Stefaan Verhulst (The GovLab) Executive Summary: “New data sources from the private sector have enormous potential to complement and enhance official statistics by, for example, providing more timely data and developing new areas for analysis. The increasing number of research projects using this data underlines its potential. However, progress to […]

Open Data Resources from the GovLab

Saturday March 4, 2017 marks the 7th annual International Open Data Day — an event in which participants across the globe will “create local events that will use open data in their communities” with the idea of demonstrating its positive value. Over 322 events are currently planned across all 6 continents. This year’s event highlights four areas […]

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

Different countries have different models to govern and administer their open data activities.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. (cross posted from Open Knowledge International Blog) The Challenge An important value proposition behind open data involves increased […]