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BarCampRDU: Preparing for the unconference experience

BarCampRDU: Preparing for the unconference experience

I'm excited to attend my first BarCamp on Saturday, October 15, 2011. BarCamp is an unconference that brings together people interested in a wide range of topics and technologies. Everyone that attends has the opportunity to teach, talk, and participate.

A group of volunteers is essential to help organize the event. I learned this first-hand while helping to plan CityCamp Raleigh, another local unconference event. » Read more

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Creative Commons 4.0 on the horizon

Creative Commons 4.0 on the horizon
Creative Commons held its Global Summit a few weeks ago in Warsaw, with amazing international participation. Without question, the most-discussed topic was the upcoming 4.0 release of the licenses, including related issues and a lively debate regarding whether the licenses should be ported to specific countries – or whether we should instead try to create a new international license.  
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Hack4Reno: Open government with a shared purpose

Hack4Reno - Open government with a shared purpose

Hack4Reno is a 24-hour hackathon being held on October 15-16, 2011. But you don't need to hack on code to be part of this movement. The goal is to build things that make Reno better by demonstrating the value of open data and open government. This event allows developers, designers, and citizens to learn new technology, showcase their talent, and, ultimately, build new applications that help make Reno a smarter, more engaged place to live. » Read more

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Fixing your community one click at a time

Fixing your community one click at a time

No matter where you live or how big your community is, you probably see a few things that could be improved. Maybe you don't know who to call or email. Perhaps you think someone else will report it (or already has). Those unknowns go away with a simple technology that eliminates anxiety and empowers everyday citizens to improve their community. » Read more

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Governments take note: Open Document Format is updated and improved!

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 In an important development last week, Open Document Format (ODF) version 1.2 was adopted as an OASIS standard after four years of hard work. And it was approved with a strong 'yes' vote and no negative votes. » Read more

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Surfing the open data wave

Surfing the open data wave

During hurricane season, my attention turns to the Atlantic Ocean. I keep an eye on swell-producing storms and use a variety of forecasting tools to get to the right spot for the best surf. But I never really thought about the data behind the tools I use.

There are many different stats brought together by today's forecasting technology:  swell size, direction, and period; wind speed and direction; and tide predictions—all important factors if you want to score good surf. Where does that information come from? » Read more

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Is your agency SMART?

Is your agency SMART?

We all know that government agencies are constantly under pressure to make their conversations with constituents measurable, and results-based to justify the investment. One stand-out action the city of New York is doing to keep this at the forefront of importance is driving an advisory board of SMART members (the Social Media Advisory and Research Taskforce). » Read more

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Poll: Who should pay for free wifi?

Poll: Who should pay for free wifi?

In a previous poll, we asked if you thought every major city or airport should have free wifi.

The results are mixed, but in favor of some » Read more

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Open states: Transparency for state governments using open data

Open states: Transparency for state governments using open data

Where do you start to standardize legislative information for all 50 United States? Blazing an open data trail for one state government isn't easy, so shifting 50 must be nearly impossible. Or is it? The Open State Project is making progress towards the impossible—and closing in on the goal.

When I first heard about this project I thought, that's cool—I wonder how they do it? Then I thought, this must be a nightmare. Can you imagine trying to scrape, sanitize, and standardize data from hundreds of different sources? » Read more

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How to build an open data initiative for your city

How to build an open data initiative for your city

Montréal Ouvert is a citizens’ initiative to obtain a formal open data policy for the city of Montréal, Canada. Launched by four Montrealers in August 2010 to mobilize public and political support for the adoption of an open data policy for the city of Montreal, it has had considerable success. The online presence includes 567 Facebook Fans, 743 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of visits to its website. Over 1 year, Montréal Ouvert organised three public meetings, two hackathons, and presented at over 8 conferences – not to mention blogging, tweeting, report writing, media interviews and general communication in both official languages – no easy task! » Read more

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