Tag Archives: Open Data

The GovLab Index: Crime and Criminal Justice Data

Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. Previous installments of the Index include Prizes and Challenges, Measuring Impact with Evidence, The Data Universe, Participation and Civic Engagement and Trust in Institutions. “The GovLab Index: Crime and Criminal Data” provides information about the type of crime and criminal […]

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Getting youth excited about data

At the end of July, the GovLab Academy finished delivering in Washington, DC, two sessions of the US Department of Agriculture’s first Open Data Summer Camp for middle and high school students. The experience was, by all accounts, highly successful. After each 2-week program, both students and parents reported that we were able to build […]

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The GovLab Index: Open Data (Updated)

Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index: Open Data” provides an update on our previous Open Data installment, and highlights global trends in Open Data and the release of public sector information. Previous installments of the Index include Prizes and Challenges, Measuring Impact with […]

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An Independent Open Contracting Partnership is Launched

Each year, governments around the world spend over $9 trillion dollars of citizens’ money through public contracts. All too often, however, “little to no data is made available to the public about these contracts. If data is available, it is often supplied in ways which make analysis very challenging or downright impossible,” writes the Open […]

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“Business Models for Open Government Data” Receives ICEGOV 2014 Best Research Paper Award

On October 30, 2014, lead researcher, Gustavo Magalhaes and co-author Laura Manley presented their research paper “Business Models for Open Government Data” at the 8th Annual International Conferences on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Guimarães, Portugal. This year, the conference focused on the Rise of Data Post-2015: Empowered Citizens, Accountable Institutions. The […]

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Tumblr Q&A with President Obama

Tuition has increased twelve-fold in the past 30 years! This rate of inflation has even out-paced health care by two. Congratulations class of 2014, you rank #1 in student debt. There are probably many different causes to the constant increase in cost, and there are also many actions the government could take to alleviate the burden on […]

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Converting Open Data into Local Action, The Lehman Community Connect: Bronx Information Portal

There is growing awareness that open data can contribute economic and social value. In practice, this happens not only at the national and state level but also, and perhaps more importantly, at the level of local communities. With these localized open data impacts in mind, community colleges and public universities have the opportunity to play […]

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Open Data and the United Nations: experts reflect on current open data challenges within the UN and outline a path forward

The emergence of open data, that is data sets that public and private entities make publicly available, has created a groundswell of excitement within governance, academia, and multi-lateral sectors because of its potential to make public services more efficient, hold elected officials accountable, generate economic value, and shorten the distance between governments and citizens. The […]

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Redesigning Government Spending: Senate Gives Green Light to DATA

Last Thursday marked an important milestone in open governance: the Senate passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) – a piece of federal legislation designed to leverage open and standardized data to increase accountability and transparency in U.S. Federal government spending and reporting. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Senate version of DATA in […]

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Talking Open Data with NYC Stakeholders: A Wrap-Up

Written by Marilla Li, Outreach Manager for The GovLab’s Open Data 500 project. Open government data – that which is released in open formats for anyone to download, use and redistribute – has tremendous potential to increase government transparency and accountability. Open data gives technologists, researchers and the public an opportunity to generate new insights to […]

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