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Helsinki Incubator Shows Value Of Physical Space
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Helsinki Think Company, a new initiative that offers meeting space for entrepreneurial-minded students, proves that nurturing tech startups is not a virtual exercise.
White House Launches More Open Data Initiatives
News  |  10/17/2014  | 
Agencies' use of open data helps citizens, boosts economy, says government official.
ICANN: Reforms Needed Before US Hands Over Control
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
US Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) says we must still address questions about accountability and transparency to ensure an open, secure, stable Internet.
Accela Acquires Government CRM Apps
News  |  10/15/2014  | 
Creator of cloud apps for government buys Government Outreach, known for citizen relationship management tools.
Where Government Leads: Designing For User Choice
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
When used to benefit the individual, "choice architecture" helps citizens make better choices. It means thinking hard about software defaults.
Twitter Sues US Government Over Surveillance
News  |  10/9/2014  | 
Twitter claims the government is restricting its free speech by limiting what it can disclose about requests for customer data.
Government IT's Next Step: Digital Investment
News  |  10/8/2014  | 
A tight but effective IT budget creates opportunities for new investments in digital government, say government IT leaders at Gartner Symposium.
Federal Agencies Struggle To Quantify Data Consolidation Savings
News  |  10/6/2014  | 
At least six federal agencies report lack of data needed to calculate savings from data center consolidation efforts.
Government Toils To Create Big Data Infrastructure
News  |  10/3/2014  | 
Government is slowly puzzling out how to extract knowledge from the most data it has ever had available to it.
Data Science That Makes a Difference
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
Big data is about more than just business. It holds potential to address social problems and improve the lives of people around the world.
5 Early Cloud Adopters In Federal Government
Slideshows  |  9/22/2014  | 
Despite slow adoption government-wide, these agencies have paved the way for others implementing cloud computing.
Federal Shared Services Gains Traction
News  |  9/19/2014  | 
US Treasury official sees shared services boosting productivity and transparency.
Open Source Fix For US Voting System?
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
Open source programmers and maverick election officials want to improve the way we vote, register to vote, and count the votes. Wish them luck.
LA Moves To Drupal To Improve Website Management
News  |  9/9/2014  | 
Los Angeles will move its 40 sites to the open platform and add features such as user notifications, subscriptions, and event registration.
Cross-Border Digital Searches: An Innovation-Friendly Approach
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Case between the US government and Microsoft reveals the shortcomings of current laws.
Digital Disruption Uber-Style Is Never Pretty
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
The legal and regulatory backlash that ride-sharing company Uber faces in Germany will play out across many more industries.
NASA Mars App Redefines 'Mission Creep'
News  |  9/3/2014  | 
As a planned six-month Mars rover mission has stretched into a decade, the Analyst's Notebook app has morphed to manage the increasing amount of data generated.
Hillary Clinton Talks Tech: 9 Facts
News  |  9/2/2014  | 
Hillary Clinton explained how she sees technology fitting into the recovering US economy, at Nexenta OpenSDx conference. Here are nine things we learned.
What Civic Innovation Contests Teach Tech Companies
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Creative, new ideas can come from unexpected places. Tech companies should look outside the usual places for inspired, important products.
Todd Park To Exit Federal CTO Role, Says Fortune
News  |  8/22/2014  | 
Fortune Magazine is reporting White House CTO will leave that post but may help with Silicon Valley recruiting.
Public Sector IT Compliance The Private Sector Way
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to mimic private-sector accountability practices. Compliance will require private sector discipline.
Indiana Analysis, Open Data Efforts Use SAP Hana
News  |  8/15/2014  | 
After pilot involving infant mortality data, Indiana adopts SAP Hana in-memory database as foundation of new management reporting system, plans open data website for citizens.
US Digital Service: Key To Making Government Agile?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Effort to apply the lessons of HealthCare.gov is praiseworthy, but may not get at the root cause of problems with digital government services.
Presidential Records Management Directive: It Takes A Village
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Agencies will need to draw from varied resources to meet the deadline for digitally archiving federal government records by 2019.
Federal Open Source Is Messy And That's OK
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
Open source projects like the National Library of Medicine's Pillbox show potential of open innovation -- including competition with projects started elsewhere.
Wanted: Honest Algorithms For Voter Redistricting
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
Why can't a simple formula replace the politically charged gerrymandering that's skewing our election processes?
GAO Pushes Better Reporting Of Federal Grants Data
News  |  8/4/2014  | 
OMB must strengthen guidance related to federal grants and loans to ensure maximum transparency and reliability of key financial data, says GAO.
E-invoicing: Past Due For US Govt.
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Electronic invoicing benefits business and government worldwide. Will the US help promote universal adoption?
Evanston Modernizes Government Services
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Evanston's goal is to make all city licenses, permits, and fees available in an interactive form accessible from any type of device.
Federal IT Innovation Depends On Being Open
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal agencies have a hard time fitting innovation into their plans, let alone their budgets. Open data and open-source software help make innovation happen anyway.
Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
Our new survey shows fed agencies focusing more on security, as they should, but they're still behind the times with cloud use, data center consolidation, and overall innovation.
How E-Discovery Cuts Legal Costs For Novo Nordisk
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Pharma giant boosts efficiency, reduces outsourcing labor with in-house technology that discovers and produces electronic information for legal purposes.
SEC Clamps Down On XBRL Filing Holdouts
News  |  7/14/2014  | 
Advocacy groups claim SEC hasn't been applying quality control to quarterly financial filed in structured data format.
Commerce Dept. Partners With Private Sector On Open Data
News  |  6/27/2014  | 
Commerce Department uses meetings with private sector to improve its open data infrastructure.
Feds To Post Open Data From 700 R&D Facilities
News  |  6/20/2014  | 
Research.Data.gov upgrade furnishes machine-readable research data to entrepreneurs, innovators, and manufacturers.
Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Wikistrat's eclectic community of analysts beat the CIA by predicting Russia's annexation of Crimea. Should crowdsourcing play a bigger role in the consulting industry?
Government Data + Maps: 10 Great Examples
Slideshows  |  6/11/2014  | 
Explore 10 ways federal agencies use geographic information system (GIS) technology and maps to improve decision making and deliver public information.
Science & Tech Office Refreshes Open Government Plan
News  |  6/9/2014  | 
Feds will offer access to scientific collections, hold online presentations and nurture young inventors.
5 Mobile Apps For Visiting Washington, D.C.
Slideshows  |  6/7/2014  | 
Planning a visit to our nation's capitol? These mobile apps, created by federal agencies, guide and educate travelers.
Secret Service Seeks Social Signals: Inside The RFP
Commentary  |  6/6/2014  | 
Social media analytics RFP seeks to sort serious from sarcastic threats against government officials.
UK Healthcare Agency Reveals Open Data Blueprint
News  |  6/6/2014  | 
NHS England launches research effort to accelerate use of open data to improve care and drive research.
OpenFDA Backstory: Breaking The Paperwork Backlog
News  |  6/5/2014  | 
The startup Captricity uses a combination of crowdsourcing and OCR to digitize mountains of paper records, particularly for government agencies and healthcare.
Smart Government: All About Disruption
News  |  6/5/2014  | 
Smartphones and big data have changed expectations for how people communicate and find information, but government agencies aren't yet adapting, says Forrester report.
Federal IT: Eliminate Innovation Pessimism
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Federal CIOs struggling to innovate should borrow lessons on open innovation from the private sector.
What DOD's Joint Information Environment Needs To Succeed
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
The Defense Department's massive bet on an enterprise-wide information environment depends on whether DOD and industry can align their investment roadmaps. Here's how else industry can help.
CMS, FDA Expand Open Data Initiatives
News  |  6/2/2014  | 
CMS updates, elaborates on public healthcare utilization, while FDA announces API access to its database of adverse drug reaction reports.
Open Data Coalition Criticizes SEC Backtracking
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Congress urged to direct SEC to require small public companies to file financial data in open data formats.
UAE National ID Program: Model Worth Watching
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
United Arab Emirates officials are laying the foundation for a national identity verification system that could change how people are ID'd for everything from passports to employment documents.
Federal Records Managers Caught In Squeeze
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Facing 2016 deadline to go all electronic, agency record keepers struggle to plan amidst budget constraints.
Federal CIOs, Take Open Data To Next Level
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
My challenge to public sector CIOs: Don't see open data as yet another checkbox, reporting, or compliance task. Use data to improve lives.
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