When open raw data is used to argue the facts of a given case the verifiability of the data itself becomes paramount. In human systems the feuds over facts and reality are traditionally dealt by political parties, the academy and media, but how are we going to secure that the raw data published online is factual? You can always manipulate the data sets. You can even change the raw data for a short period of time in a ...more »
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In Chicago, a student's chance of getting into the city's top, selective schools depends on where he or she lives. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) places every part of the city into one of four socio-economic "tiers" and requires selective schools to reserve the same number of spots for the students from each tier. This tool helps parents and students find what CPS tier they're in.
2nd City Zoning is an interactive map focused on Chicago that lets you find out how your building is zoned, learn where to locate your business and explore zoning patterns throughout the city. It's also a starting point for understanding what zoning is, why it matters, and how it works in Chicago.
ChicagoLobbyists.org is an open data, open government, and open source project intended to improve the transparency of interactions between the City of Chicago and lobbyists and their clients.
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (http://www.aidtransparency.net / http://www.iatistandard.org) has grown rapidly over the last few years, encouraging governments and NGOs to proactively publish data on their aid projects and spending in a standard format. At http://www.aidinfolabs.org we've been collecting examples of prototypes and applications built with the data. There is still a lot of work to be done ...more »
We're just starting a project looking at the emerging impacts of open data in developing countries (http://www.opendataresearch.org/). During planning workshops for the research network, a recurring theme was the important relationship of open data and right to information. A number of the theories of change we discussed around using open data to make a difference relied on complementing data proactively released by governments ...more »
Online participation has opened new ways to collect and disseminate narratives of past. While previously memory work has been publicly represented by official and national instances (archives, education, museums) online provides new ways to collect individual and personal memories that may patch the official narratives of the past with more nuanced and critical views. Examples of these include websites such as akaKurdistan ...more »
Are there any case studies that can be shared about open data policies or directives changing right to information policies, such as FOIA (freedom of Information Act) or CPRA (California Public Records Act)?
I'm interested in how community data can be leveraged by local governments for policy making and improving governance. Are there mechanisms for municipalities to receive community data, analyze community data along with government data, and/or promote the collection of community data. For example, when youth programs conduct field scans of resources in under-privileged neighborhoods (community data), how is that information ...more »
I'm looking for simple tools for managing and harnessing a crowd for investigative reporting projects.
I really would like to learn more about this fascinating participatory budgeting process in Vallejo, California: http://www.pbvallejo.org/ How are they engaging the residents, and what is the outcome of the project?