Tag: open data

by Peter Koht

A blueprint for a community’s future, the zoning code is incredibly powerful. It will affect where people live, where they work, and how they get in between those two places. When zoning codes are revised, cities have to make huge decisions. Internal borders get redrawn, issues of setback and walkability are discussed. There is a […] more »

by Miguel Paz

It’s time to transform open data from a trendy concept among policy wonks and news nerds into something tangible to everyday life for citizens, businesses and grassroots organizations. Here are some ideas to help us get there: 1. Improve access to data Craig Hammer from the World Bank has tackled this issue, stating that “Open […] more »

by Nick Grossman

A few years ago when I was working on the Civic Commons project with Code for America and OpenPlans, I did a presentation at Living Cities called “Cities that Work Like the Web” which discussed using open standards and Internet architectures to build a foundation for open innovation. At the time, we were doing a […] more »

by Neil Ashton

The biannual Open Knowledge Conference, the world’s leading event in open knowledge, is taking place this week in Geneva. This year’s OKCon asks: How can open data become a deeper part of public life? Citizen data explorers and investigators are crucial — that is why a full track of events will cover evidence and stories, […] more »

by Camille Crittenden

New technology tools, combined with raised expectations among voters and stakeholders for government transparency, have sparked a movement toward “open government.” Championed by advocacy organizations and a few high-profile elected officials, the trend seeks to promote greater accountability and responsiveness for the systems of representative democracy. An area of particular opportunity — as well as […] more »

by Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño

Timely images of a situation add a lot of context to the story, from showing flooding to capturing political demonstrations, to seeing deforestation. What if you could get imagery from a satellite, of any event, anywhere in the world, in real time? Traditionally this is not just expensive — imagery is really hard to process […] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

Hundreds of users, contributors, and mappers are converging next month in San Francisco to discuss [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org/), the free and editable map of the world often called the “Wikipedia of maps.” More than 1 million people have signed up to contribute to OpenStreetMap, making it the world’s largest open-source map. Here at [MapBox](http://mapbox.com/) we’re interested in […] more »

by Lucy Chambers

Another busy year has passed since the first School of Data Journalism at the [International Journalism Festival in Perugia](http://www.journalismfestival.com). Last year, the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org) and the [European Journalism Centre](http://www.ejc.net/ejc/) launched the [Data Journalism Handbook](http://datajournalismhandbook.org), and this year, the two organizations were back organizing the festival within a festival. Here are a few highlights. Attendees […] more »

by Chris Herwig

Two weeks ago the [United Nations opened an inquiry](http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Terrorism/Pages/SRTerrorismIndex.aspx) into the “civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing.” Data — on casualties, targets, frequency, and other topics — will play an important role in this investigation, led by Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism. In […] more »

by Miguel Paz

A week after Poderopedia launched its public beta, the response it’s been getting has been huge. So far, close to 800 users have registered on the website; it’s receiving an average of 26 new facts and connections per day; there are request to create local Poderopedia chapters from people in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, […] more »