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\ Week 12 \ 2014

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Open, transparent Chattanooga
Code For america

Open and transparent aren’t just campaign promises in Chattanooga. They are words symbolic of a new way of thinking and a new standard for our community. As we set out to draft a new Open Data Policy for Chattanooga City Government, we knew this policy should not only set the standard for what open data could and should be but it should also be written by the people who will come up with the best uses for our data — Chattanoogans themselves.

Google’s Flu Project Shows the Failings of Big Data
Time.com

A new study shows that using big data to predict the future isn't as easy as it looks—and that raises questions about how Internet companies gather and use information.

Introducing Streamtools: A graphical tool for working with streams of data
OpenNews

We see a moment coming when the collection of endless streams of data is commonplace. As this transition accelerates it is becoming increasingly apparent that our existing toolset for dealing with streams of data is lacking.

How Open Data Policies Unlock Innovation
Socrata

The World Wide Web just celebrated its twenty-fifth birthday. In the years since its inception, an entire generation has grown up with the web, and helped to shape it. For these people, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are the norm for connecting with friends and family, browsing a universe of goods, and searching the world’s information.

Why the wealthiest countries are also the most open with their data
Washington Post

The Oxford Internet Institute this week posted a nice visualization of the state of open data in 70 countries around the world, reflecting the willingness of national governments to release everything from transportation timetables to election results to machine-readable national maps. The tool is based on the Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Data Index, an admittedly incomplete but telling assessment of who willingly publishes updated, accurate national information on, say, pollutants (Sweden) and who does not (ahem, South Africa).

Sixteen ways councils can better use data
The Guardian

We asked experts to give their tips on making the most of data in local government. Here's what they had to say

“Open-washing” – The difference between opening your data and simply making them available
OKFN

Last week, the Danish it-magazine Computerworld, in an article entitled “Check-list for digital innovation: These are the things you must know“, emphasised how more and more companies are discovering that giving your users access to your data is a good business strategy.

Open Data, Open Brand
Ipa SXSW

You can’t get ahead in this day and age if you don’t make some commitment to sharing your data with those who want to help. They will only make your life easier. And in a world where collaboration is becoming more and more important, it is silly for brands not to do so.

Visualize


Exploring New York City taxi trails and sharing our way to a more sustainable urban future
HubCab

Smoking trends around the globe 1980-2012
Worldbank

Watch


The Power of open data by Sir Nigel Shadbolt
CeBit

International Open Data Day 2014 @ Kathmandu (Nepal)
Young Innovations

Participate


Lisbon Open Data Maker night III
(27 Mar, Lisbonn, Portugal)

OKF Glasgow Meet-up #4
(March 31, Glasgow, Scotland)

Impact Stories Competition
( March 24, Everywhere)

Jobs


Head of Grants/Finance, Afghanistan
CordAid

Program Coordinator
World Bank

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