The Open Data 500: Putting Research Into Action

TheGovLab Blog: “On April 8, the GovLab made two significant announcements. At an open data event in Washington, DC, I was pleased to announce the official launch of the Open Data 500, our study of 500 companies that use open government data as a key business resource. We also announced that the GovLab is now […]

Citi Bike System Data

Citi Bike: “Where do Citi Bikers ride? When do they ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? What days of the week are most rides taken on? We’ve heard all of these questions and more from you and now we are happy to provide the datasets to help you discover the […]

How Civil Society Organizations Close the Gap between Transparency and Accountability

In a research note in the current issue of Governance, Albert Van Zyl poses “the most critical question for activists and scholars of accountability: How and when does transparency lead to greater accountability?”  Van Zyl’s note looks particularly at the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in demanding and using government budget information, drawing on […]

Historic release of data delivers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

Jonathan Blum, Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services : “Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a major step forward in making Medicare data more transparent and accessible, while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries, by announcing the release of new data on medical services and procedures furnished to Medicare […]

In Austria, council uses app to crowdsource community issues

Springwise: “Civic authorities can’t be everywhere at once and often rely on citizens to inform them of the improvements that need making. The NYPD already launched its own crowdsourcing crime reports app, and now the Bürgerforum Vorarlberg mobile app is enabling citizens to flag community issues that need addressing by sending photos and text direct […]

AU: Revitalising and revising the Innovation Showcase

From the Public Sector Innovation Toolkit unit of the Australian Government: “Do you have any case studies of innovative initiatives in the public service? An important part of the public sector innovation agenda is sharing examples of innovation in practice. That’s why we created the Public Sector Innovation Showcase. As noted in the APS Innovation […]

PatientsLikeMe Gives Genentech Full Access

Susan Young Rojahn in MIT Technology Review: “PatientsLikeMe, the largest online network for patients, has established its first broad partnership with a drug company. Genentech, the South San Francisco biotechnology company bought by Roche in 2009, now has access to PatientsLikeMe’s full database for five years. PatientsLikeMe is an online network of some 250,000 people with […]

Medicare to Publish Trove of Data on Doctors

Louise Radnofsky in the Wall Street Journal: “The Obama administration said it would publish as early as next week data on what Medicare paid individual doctors in 2012, aiming to boost transparency and help root out fraud. The move, which faced fierce resistance from doctors’ groups, would end a decadeslong block on making the information […]