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Compilation of Predictions for 2017

Curated by Robert Montano, Prianka Srinivasan, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young It’s the season of predictions. As we usher in the new year, what will 2017 or 2070 be like? In our on-going attempt to identify the signal in the noise, we reviewed many annual forecasts and selected some of the most relevant to governance innovation. […]

Case Studies on Open Data for Developing Economies Now Open for Review – Calling Experts on Cambodia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Paraguay and Uganda

Today, the GovLab is opening for peer review the remaining draft case studies from the Open Data for Developing Economies project, a collaboration with USAID, FHI 360’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) and the Web Foundation. The seven case studies being made available today follow the opening of the project’s final report and […]

Toward Evidence-Based Open Governance by Curating and Exchanging Research: OGRX 2.0

The Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX) is a platform that seeks to identify, collect and share curated insights on new ways of solving public problems. It was created last year by the GovLab, World Bank Digital Engagement Evaluation Team and mySociety. Today, while more than 3000 representatives from more than 70 countries are gathering in Paris […]

Data responsibility: a new social good for the information age

Stefaan G. Verhulst in The Conversation Global and at TedX MidAtlantic: “…What is less discussed, however, is that most data remains locked up and proprietary, the private property of companies, governments and other organisations. This limits its public benefits. Data responsibility can help organisations break down these private barriers and share their proprietary data for the public […]

Making Open Data more evidence-based: Toward a user-centric and interdisciplinary research agenda to advance open data.

Reposted from IODC2016 (Spanish version) – by Stefaan G. Verhulst and Danny Lämmerhirt Key take-aways from the Measurement Action Track at IODC 2016 During the IODC 2016, the “Action Track: Measurement and Increasing Impact” sought to review the need and role of research for (scaling) open data practice and policy. The track was informed by the […]

NEW e-BOOK: The Global Impact of Open Data

Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World By Stefaan Verhulst, and Andrew Young Publisher: O’Reilly Released: September 2016 Open data has spurred economic innovation, social transformation, and fresh forms of political and government accountability in recent years, but few people understand how open data works. This comprehensive 459-page report, developed with support from Omidyar […]

Enhancing How Governments Assess Awareness of Zika

On August 31st, twenty-four experts from ten countries joined two dozen public officials from four Latin American countries in the first of six two-hour online conversations. In this first session, we focused on identifying novel strategies that governments can use to understand what different groups within the population do and do not understand about Zika. […]

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Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government: Technology and Innovation in the Next Administration

Blog by Dan Chenok and Haynes Cooney initially posted here : “When a new Administration takes office in January 2017, a new set of leaders will drive the nation’s innovation agenda. These leaders can build on significant progress from previous administrations, overcome continued challenges in modernizing technology infrastructure, enact flexible policies and regulations, and build innovation leadership and […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

According to the World Health Organization, vectors, those living organisms that transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitos, account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually. Although than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting Dengue alone, […]

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OPEN DATA KIDS CAMP

(Reposted from NYU Tandon School of Engineering’ Blog) Tandon’s Governance Lab partners with the United States Department of Agriculture to teach kids data science skills by doing projects to benefit Agriculture, Food Safety, and More For the second summer in a row, the Governance Lab, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), mounted […]