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Public Data

May 2, 2016, 7am PDT
A collaboration between Deloitte, Datawheel, and MIT has produced an intuitive aesthetically-pleasing gathering point for public data in the United States. Specific locations and industries boast easy-to-read profiles.
February 27, 2016, 7am PST
OpenGrid gathers together Chicago's open data, letting users specify areas of focus on a map of the city. Users can also overlay different datasets on the same map.
Chicago Magazine
October 25, 2010, 9am PDT
At the recent RailVolution conference in Portland, OR, Chris Smith of Portland Transport showed off a cheap and simple display device that uses open source data to display transit times in public spaces. His price? $200.
June 14, 2010, 12pm PDT
Public data can be more than information for cities. Some have even used it to help generate revenue.
Next American City
March 15, 2010, 7am PDT
Google has launched a new experimental effort to visualize much of the public data it now searches and displays.
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2009, 10am PDT
New communication and interaction technologies are dramatically changing the way the public understands and participates in government. The emerging openness of data and information at the city level is broadening the urban policy conversation, but challenges and questions lie ahead as the open city develops.
Nate Berg
October 11, 2009, 9am PDT
The availability of information in the city is creating a new opportunity for adaptive and interactive urban spaces. As Carlo Ratti of MIT's SENSEable City Lab discusses, the key is people.
Wired UK
September 11, 2009, 6am PDT
New York City has for decades collected data about itself through more than 2,500 statistical indicators. But now, that number has been chopped down to about 1,200. Officials say it creates a streamlined look at the city, but others call it a loss.
The New York Times
August 28, 2009, 8am PDT
The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is a leader in the open data and open government movement, according to this post from the <em>Creative Class Exchange</em>. Getting there is easier and cheaper than many might think.
Creative Class Exchange
May 4, 2009, 9am PDT
Infrastructure and technology are blending together, creating infrastructure and infrastructural management more responsive and intelligent.
The New York Times