Tag Archives: Big Data

Data Driven Criminal Justice Projects Coaching Program Launches This Week: Online Mentoring to Support Public Interest Entrepreneurs

With a dramatic rise in the numbers in prison, there is bipartisan support – and a major White House push — for improving public safety while reducing incarceration and making our criminal justice system fairer. A key tool in the movement for criminal justice reform is the ability to use data to understand where problems […]

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Julia Lane: Measuring the Results of Public Investment in R&D Using Big Data

The GovLab recently hosted an Ideas Lunch featuring Julia Lane, an Institute Fellow and Senior Managing Economist at the American Institutes for Research.  Lane spoke with us about the importance of measuring the results of public investment in research and development, and the many possibilities afforded by leveraging big data in this arena.  The GovLab […]

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John Wilbanks: Improving informed consent through design to advance science

Whenever you go to a doctor’s office in the United States you are asked to fill in a form and give your consent to the medical treatment that you need. Informed consent is the “process by which the treating health care provider discloses appropriate information to a competent patient so that the patient may make […]

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The GovLab Selected Readings on Urban Analytics (Updated and Expanded)

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 literature on Urban Analytics. To suggest additional readings on […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: Social Physics

Merriam-Webster : “Social Physics: The quantitative study of human society; social statistics” When the US government announced in 2012 that it would invest $200 million in research grants and infrastructure building for big data in 2012, Farnam Jahanian, chief of the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, stated that “Big data” has […]

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John Tolva: “The City is a Platform: Chicago’s Technology Transformation”

As part of the GovLab’s regular Ideas Luncheon Series (see our notes on previous speakers Brian Behlendorf, Joel Gurin, Deborah Estrin, Geoff Mulgan and Erik Johnston), John Tolva visited the GovLab on November 15 to talk about his experience leading the City of Chicago’s technology transformation as its first Chief Technology Officer under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and to sketch his vision for […]

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#opendata2013: A First-Time Washington Conference

Governing produces a lot of data. Governments generate, collect and compile vast amounts of data continually through activities such as collecting vital statistics, administering the tax system, recording government operations activity, managing public infrastructure and natural resources, surveying and recording public and private lands, processing regulatory requirements and managing social service delivery. Add to this […]

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GovLab Editorial Board Meeting Links, 7/23/13

Health Insurer’s App Helps Users Track Themselves – MIT Technology Review: “CarePass can integrate data from wearable tracking devices like Fitbit or Jawbone’s UP, as well as apps like MapMyRun; it can take into account doctor visits, prescriptions, and blood pressure or cholesterol records. It will also point users to trustworthy symptom and diagnosis information through iTriage, software that […]

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GovLab Editorial Meeting Links, 7/17/13

1. All Eyes On The Sharing Economy “Collaborative consumption: Technology makes it easier for people to rent items to each other. But as it grows, the ‘sharing economy’ is hitting roadblocks” 2.  Connecting the Dots, Missing the Story “With Big Data, the government doesn’t need to know the ‘why’ behind anything.” 3. I’ve Seen the Worst Memes of […]

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