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Big Cities Health Coalition Transforms Paper Report into Open Data Platform

By Kara Turner, November 18th, 2015

Today, the Big Cities Health Coalition debuted its first-ever digital release of a report that provides a health snapshot of Americans living in 26 major cities, from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles. For decades, this important health data existed in five editions of paper reports; now all 12,000 data points are available in a

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Indianapolis Unveils New Police Data

By Kara Turner, November 17th, 2015

Yesterday, Indianapolis launched a new open data initiative, supported by Socrata, that reveals the city’s police data and other department information. The effort is unique because Indianapolis is working together with its neighboring communities, including Zionsville, Fishers, and Greenwood, to share the entire metro region’s data in one place. Mayors from the four participating jurisdictions

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3 Core Outcomes from a Successful Open Data Program

By Guest, November 13th, 2015

Editor’s note: This guest post by Mary Velan originally appears on Efficient Gov. When asked what they might expect from an open data program, many city leaders may focus on shiny, new technologies not realizing the most important component is the outcome. The value of open data solutions lies not in the technology itself but

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Open Data Power: Better Natural Resource Management

By Maria Renninger, November 10th, 2015

In this four-part series, we explore the ways that open data transforms the world. Sound extreme? Putting data behind seemingly intractable problems is the best way to tackle them, whether it’s providing access to nutritious food, combating disease, saving the planet, or, as in this post, using open data to improve natural resource management.  Our

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Recipe for Civic Success: Data Analytics Courses for Public-Sector Employees

By Carey Anne Nadeau, Founder & CEO of Open Data Nation, November 9th, 2015

For the past year, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has hired data analysts to teach public servants how to use New York City open data. In doing so, they trained employees to consume their own data and use it make decisions and taught them how to be responsible data stewards when publishing open

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Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for the Week of November 2, 2015

By Maria Renninger, November 6th, 2015

The Police Data Initiative takes another huge step in rebuilding the public trust, Mexico City hosts the Open Data Partnership, and corporations tackle their open data fears. Plus: Obama says “yes” to open education. California DOJ Joins Police Data Initiative The Golden State’s Department of Justice (CalDOJ) became the first state agency to join the

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New Enhancements for Data Lens: Increased Collaboration, Map Options, and More

By Jessica Locke, November 5th, 2015

With Data Lens, publishers and admin users can quickly create interactive visualizations so that their constituents can easily see simple trends and engage with public data. We have just made it possible for users in government organizations to collaborate with each other on Data Lens pages. We also made it easier to create simpler, more

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#SCS2015 Live Coverage

By Cathy Swift, November 2nd, 2015

At the 2015 Socrata Customer Summit, there were panels and stories, presentations and PowerPoints, and most of all, a conversation between civic innovators, government staffers, and data scientists. But not all the best conversations took place in person — the Socrata Customer Summit engaged civic innovators last week on Twitter with millions of bytes of

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Open Data Rockstar: George Sivulka

By Maria Renninger, October 30th, 2015

High school student George Sivulka is the founder and lead organizer of NASA’s Space Apps Next Gen, a high school hackathon dedicated to teaching and inspiring students to solve global scientific challenges using NASA datasets. Sivulka has been working as a NASA research intern for two years, conducting data analysis research in computational physics simulations

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3 Next Steps to Take After Publishing Open Data

By Carey Anne Nadeau, Founder & CEO of Open Data Nation, October 28th, 2015

The open data movement is in transition. Over the past decade, the public sector has dramatically increased the quantity and regularity with which it publishes open data. Legislation at the federal and local levels suggests that open data is here to stay. But, if we have grander ambitions for open data — to engage residents

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Customer Summit Hemisphere Sessions: October 27

By Elaine Chen, October 27th, 2015

Data, technology, and software were the main themes in the Hemisphere room today. We learned about some exciting new products, features and improvements to performance from both the Socrata product team and the engineering team. Read on for more. Socrata Roadmap Product Management and Development Teams, Socrata In this standing-room-only session, Product Managers Ben McInnis

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Customer Summit Horizon Sessions: October 27

By Elaine Chen, October 27th, 2015

The Horizon room covered a multitude of topics, including how open data can impact the fields of education, public health, money, and operational excellence.  Our panelists and speakers brought their experience and expertise to help our attendees gain some great insights insights. More below. Open Education – How Data Can Transform the Education Sector Mike Powell,