Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: What is Government Open Data?

This post is part of a series of thoughts following the 2016 International Open Data Conference and Open Cities Summit I recently attended in Madrid, Spain. See my introductory post on the conference and context for this series of posts. What is Government Open Data? A lot of the talks at the 2016 International Open […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: Introduction

Attending the Open Cities Summit and the International Open Data Conference has challenged me to think more critically about open data and the issues that surround the free release of information. My perspective on open data is simple: laws describe what should happen and data describes what did happen. We have open laws so the […]

Technology and Open Data in India

Recently I had the great honor to join a number of other distinguished Civic Hall members in meeting with a delegation of five digital infrastructure professionals visiting from India as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The title of the study tour is “Showcasing the American Technological Experience.” The group included […]

Data-Driven Government

I think like most people, I often use the adjective “data-driven” without having really thought about what it means. I often use it in my data analytics classes as shorthand for how government can be led by data without stopping to discuss the concept or even explain the term. A recent webcast with Carl Anderson changed that. He was talking […]

Responsible Uses of Open Data

This week I attended the Responsible Uses of Open Data in Government and the Private Sector conference at NYU. As someone who teaches with open data and lectures on the use of open data in government, I have a keen interest in learning about the latest thinking about the costs and benefits of open data. The conference seemed […]

Teaching Analytics to NYC Employees: Excel as a Tool for Summarizing Data

This blog post is part of a series of posts I’m doing outlining the experiences I’ve had in a year of teaching analytics classes to NYC employees. For more information on the courses I teach, see the Github repository of course outlines and other important information as well as the other posts in this series. I […]

The Art of Writing Automatic Tweets

I’m a coder, by which I mean, I like solving problems with code. The more elegant the code, the better. Being also trained in the humanities, I have a aesthetic sensibility, particularly around language. Having wanted to write a Twitter bot for a while, I finally took the time to deploy one (you can see it […]