This week we have a guest post from Duncan Elder, an Associate with IBI Group and a specialist in transport data, spatial information and customer information systems. In Part 4 of the series on the Unified API on this blog, Tim discussed …

Standardisation in roads open data Read more »

Last week we had the pleasure of presenting on the 360Giving project for an Open Data Institute Friday Lunchtime Lecture. Alice Casey and Tim Davies shared a history of the project, and the vision of supporting funders to make better …

Setting solid foundations for social impact Read more »

The Open Impact Day conference hosted in Washington, D.C. this past month highlighted examples of open data in improving trust between citizens and their governments. In Ukraine, a recently launched website named Prozorro gives users an unprecedented look into the …

Arrays, Objects, and Trees: A Look at JSON-formatted Contracting Data Read more »

Last week was the Financing for Development conference where global funding was discussed to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality. Key IFIs are pre-gaming by announcing plans to extend more than $400 billion in financing over the next …

Looking Back Before You Leap Read more »

  No one thought about data standards when the Jack in the Box E. coli epidemic erupted in 1993. Instead, there was panic as the stomach-clenching illness engulfed more than 700 victims across California, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. The strain …

Can Food Inspection Data Standards Stop an Epidemic? Read more »

The US government puts open data to serious use this week, shining a spotlight on Big Pharma’s influence on medical care, and pushing to solve world hunger. Meanwhile, Virginians just want to have some open data fun — and profit. …

Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for the Week of July 13, 2015 Read more »

A consortium of technology companies including Accela and Civic Insight, have released a new open data standard for buildings and permits. The standard is designed to collect and provide consistent data points city to city as builders work through the …

Open Data Standard For Building Permits Launches Read more »

The weeks following the International Open Data Conference 2015 in Ottawa have been different than I expected. While IODC was full of discussions about high-level concepts, including the benefits of transparency and data use, I walked away with more than …

A Call for Action, Not Opening Read more »

Alliance Releases First Standardized Format to Make Building and Construction Permit Information More Usable SAN RAMON, Calif. – July 15, 2015 – Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions, announced today that a consortium of parties has released …

Accela Helps Launch New Open Data Standard for Building Permits to Improve Community Planning and Economic Development Read more »

Nine localities — at  both the city and county level — have committed to a set of open data building and construction permit standards, a move primed to boost insights into the housing market and propel civic app development. On …

9 Localities Commit to Open Data Standard for Construction, Building Permits Read more »