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I’ve been intrigued recently with innovation, particularly in government. I don’t think the nature of innovation is different in different organizations, but my concern is with how government operates (as I believe all citizens should). The most important point is to recognize innovation is an action not a thing. Something may be innovative, but it […]
In my experience, innovation in government is something everyone wants but few actually understand. And doing the work of bringing innovation to government is hard. By design, government is meant to be dependable for the basic essential services that make life possible, collecting trash, educating kids, and enforcing the laws. This stability creates a culture […]
A few months ago, I dug into the issue of how state and local governments regulate sharing economy companies that operate in their jurisdictions. I argued that open data should play an key role in a new regulatory approach for these 21st century companies. With a new battle over how the sharing economy is regulated […]
Originally posted on Online Journalism Blog:
Matt Bierbaum’s zombie map allows you to simulate outbreaks When it comes to data visualisation, everyone loves a map. More exciting than a chart, easier than an infographic, it’s generally the first thing that journalists and journalism students alike ask: “How can we create a map?” But just because…
Originally posted on The Data Science Lab:
A very common task in data analysis is that of grouping a set of objects into subsets such that all elements within a group are more similar among them than they are to the others. The practical applications of such a procedure are many: given a medical image…
Managing people is always challenging, but particularly in technical fields. Being good at your technical tasks doesn’t automatically make someone a good manager, in fact, it can be the opposite. The attention to detail needed in technical work is often at odds with the larger strategic view managers need to cultivate and maintain.