Tag Archives: Open 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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“Smart Disclosure Data Community” launched

On February 11, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of Consumer.Data.gov, the 16th community on the data repository Data.gov. This new “Smart Disclosure Data Community” is a “first-of-its-kind centralized platform containing over 400 smart disclosure data sets and resources from dozens of agencies across government.” The announcement defines smart disclosure as […]

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TOMORROW @ Aspen Institute: Can Big Data impact Innovation and Accountability in the Non Profit Sector?

Discussion to be live streamed tomorrow, January 31st, at 12. 10 – Please tune in at www.aspeninstitute.org/live Who: Jonathan Greenblatt, special assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Cindy Lott, senior counsel of the National State Attorneys General Program Darin McKeever, deputy director at the […]

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New Scholarship on Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Randomness

In this paper, Marcel Sangsari’s assesses the EU’s European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI), a tool that allows citizens to propose legislation and garners an official response from the European Commission once a proposal gains a total of 1 million signatures from supporters in at least 7 member states. “Despite its early difficulties, the ECI also promises […]

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A First Step Toward a Single Open Data Portal for the European Union

At the very end of 2012, the European Commission launched a beta version of its new Open Data Portal. The European Public Sector Information Platform calls the portal a “first step towards a pan-European data portal that will provide access to all underlying national (and regional, local) data portals across the 27 Member States.” While […]

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Opening Government in London – Media, Recap, and More

Our London meeting was a huge success, drawing in participants from across our pre-Network and beyond. At 10 Downing Street, our conversations tackled the major shifts in governance being enabled by new technologies – a dialogue whose highlights were captured on Twitter as well as in photographs (slideshow below). The following day, at the Open Data Institute, we […]

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A very brief anthology of recent thoughts on opening government…

Nassim Taleb has an article in Foreign Policy, where he reflects on some of the key messages of his new book Antifragility: Things that Gain from Disorder regarding the stability of countries, city-states and decentralizing government (titled Epiphanies from Nassim Nicholas Taleb): “We need smaller, more decentralized government. On paper, it might appear much more efficient to be […]

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Open Up! Raw Data Now!

On November 13, entrepreneurs, government and civil society came together in London at Open Up!, an open government conference sponsored by the Omidyar Network and the UK Department for International Development, in association with Wired magazine. Omidyar Network partner Stephen King views the conference as an opportunity for thought leaders from different sectors “to discuss […]

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