Back in September 2011, then U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra and I convened the CIOs of the three large California electric utilities, along with colleagues from the Energy and Commerce Departments. At a meeting in the Bay Area, all three CIOs …

The “Green Button” Energy Data Movement Grows Up Read more »

We’re two days into our on-the-ground research here in Santiago, Chile, and we’ve already conducted three interviews with prominent figures in the open data community. Each of our interviewees represented a different sector of Chilean society, giving us a really useful cross-section of …

Wheels down, and first impressions from Chile Read more »

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.” – …

The journey begins… but what are we actually looking for? Read more »

My wife has a high bar for things that can genuinely be called useful. Bath: Hacked has finally managed to impress her. I love open data and bang on a lot about it – it’ll change the world, right? Unfortunately …

Is that a car park in your pocket? Read more »

Recently the Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme (or GMDSP to its friends) won an award celebrating it as a leading example of how information can be used innovatively and effectively for real benefits. The Local eGovernment Standards Body (LeGSB) Award …

GMDSP Awarded for Innovation Read more »

Spaghetti open data and confiscated Mafia assets: Italy’s cities aren’t waiting around for PM Matteo Renzi’s promised reforms “This city doesn’t need a mayor, it needs a marketing expert,” said the former mayor of Florence, now Italian prime minister, Matteo …

Devolution, Italian-style – the cities forging their own futures Read more »