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August 23, 2014

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August 18, 2014

What’s Your State’s Open Data Score?

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(Center for Data Innovation – open data score map)

Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah scored the highest in an assessment of state open data policies and portals by the Center for Data Innovation.

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 3, 2014

Government Email Preservation: A Chat With CREW’s Melanie Sloan

Controversy over missing Internal Revenue Service emails has been in the headlines recently, but Melanie Sloan and Anne Weismann at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington argue the real problem is a systemic issue with federal agency record-keeping. In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, they write that Congress has long known that federal agencies have not been preserving records but hasn’t done anything about it.

Technocrat talked with Sloan, the group’s executive director, and here’s some of what she said:

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June 19, 2014

Are Cities’ Budget Woes Helping Drive Open Data?

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Kraft (Photo by Flickr user Daniel X. O’Neil, used under a Creative Commons license.)

Local governments’ resources pale in comparison to what the federal government has on hand, but could that actually be helping with open data at the local level?

The way the OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft sees it, local governments are taking the lead on open data, and that’s because of a combination of budget woes, the presence of  “civic hackers” and flexibility that leaders have at the local level.

“The vast majority of innovation in producing government information is happening at the local level,” said Kraft, group’s executive director, in an interview with Technocrat. Full story

May 28, 2014

Weekend Hackathon at NSF

The National Science Foundation and the coder group Code for America’s Northern Virginia Brigade are holding a civic-minded “hackathon” at the NSF in Arlington, Va., on Saturday.

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May 9, 2014

Commentary Roundup: Bitcoin, Rural Broadband, Patents, Copper Lines

Some of the latest tech-oriented pieces from Roll Call’s Guest Observer files:

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May 6, 2014

Sunlight’s Matt Rumsey on the DATA Act

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget could be the weak link in implementing legislation intended to improve the transparency of government spending, says Sunlight Foundation policy associate Matt Rumsey in a commentary piece for Roll Call. The DATA Act (S 994), which the House cleared last week and is awaiting the president’s signature, would expand the amount of financial data that federal agencies would be required to provide to USASpending.gov site, under new governmentwide standards.

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