March 2016

tiled display wall at Argonne National Laboratory

Do Universities, Research Institutions Hold the Key to Open Data’s Next Chapter?

Where government has raw data, professors and researchers have expertise and analytics programs.

6 Ideas to Help Government Realize Open Data's Transformative Power

Government thinks open data is an add-on that boosts transparency, but it’s more than that.

When Publishing Open Data, Cities and States Have Variety of Platform Choices

As the open data publishing market heats up, all levels of government have more partners to choose from.

Introducing the Chief Data Scientist

Though not a widespread approach (yet), some in government are bringing data science in-house.


7 Ways Local Governments Are Getting Creative with Data Mapping

Government entities appear to be using maps more and more as a tool for creating useful applications. Here are seven ways they're doing it.

Four Questions

Taking a Peek Inside North Carolina's Government Data Analytics Center

The center's director, John Correllus, details the center’s current work and provide a few hints about what’s next.


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Plus, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom offers 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilization on its 13-megapixel rear camera.

Data Points

Privacy, Security Risks Make Government Databases a Political Battleground

As government agencies try to use databases to solve serious policy issues such as curbing prescription drug abuse and improving student education, they find themselves fighting political battles rather than technological ones.


Confronting Yesterday’s Future: It’s Hard to Look Forward Through the Rearview Mirror

It would be a pity for public officials and policymakers to revert to DeLorean-style thinking and double down on the familiar at the cost of missing a larger, future-leaning opportunity.


How to Coordinate Social Media Outreach Efforts Across Your Agency

Just one state agency may have 30 separate social accounts. What's the best way to manage them?

Becoming Data Smart

Using Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement

Civic engagement doesn’t happen by default. Technology can help government leaders reach community members.


Spectrum: Drone Catcher Traps Rogue UAVs, Simulation Tech for Archaeologists

Plus, a new consumer video camera that automatically edits clips may provide insight into the technology’s future.


Platforms & Programs