The proportion of adults who smoke in the UK has fallen from 21% in 2010 to 18.3% in 2014, according to the Integrated Household Survey. The Integrated Household Survey’s smoking prevalence data is a key measure for monitoring tobacco use …

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China’s Cabinet, the State Council publishes guidelines to promote the opening and sharing of government data to improve governance, boost innovation  and promote economic restructuring, with the aim of forging a new model of social governance. A mechanism will be …

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My team is helping federal departments and agencies as they work to ensure: (1) they are using data to benefit all Americans; and (2) they using the data available responsibly. Ensuring Data Science Benefits All Americans Good data science and …

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In order to provide health services to citizens the public health sector is required to collect rich and varied data pertaining to all aspects of the sector – everything from location of pharmacies, to what is in our prescriptions drugs, …

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Air pollution is killing about 1.6 million people every year in China, or nearly 4,400 people every day, accounting for seventeen percent of all the country’s deaths, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley found …

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By chance, I saw a tweet from the HSCIC yesterday announcing Prescribing for Diabetes, England – 2005/06 to 2014/15′ http://bit.ly/1J3h0g8 #hscicstats. The data comes via a couple of spreadsheets, broken down at the CCG level. As an experiment, I thought …

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Today, me and a few other co-conspirators announced UKHealthCamp – an ‘unconference’ for everyone interested in digital, design, data and technology for health and care. I want to explain why we think this is important, and why it’s time the …

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Greater density in cities and their surroundings challenges our governments to provide effective services to their residents, businesses, and visitors, but it also allows for greater efficiency…. The post How can Open Data Empower Cities and Citizens? appeared first on …

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In recent months we’ve seen many new technologies and partnerships aimed at helping local government workers conduct restaurant health inspections more effectively and efficiently. In Boston, participants in a civic innovation competition are using Yelp and city data to develop …

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  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 …

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