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DataUSA: An Intuitive Tool for Public Data

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.

May 2, 2016 - CityLab

Downtown, now

New Tool Accesses Chicago Open Data

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.

February 27, 2016 - Chicago Magazine

Using Public Data to Make Easy "Next Bus" Displays

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.

October 25, 2010 - Steetsblog

How Cities Can Take Advantange of Their Data

Public data can be more than information for cities. Some have even used it to help generate revenue.

June 14, 2010 - Next American City

Charting Public Data Via Google

Google has launched a new experimental effort to visualize much of the public data it now searches and displays.

March 15, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

Developing the Open City

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.

October 15, 2009 - Nate Berg

Citizen-Activated Adaptive Urban Spaces

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.

October 11, 2009 - Wired UK

New York City's Data Collection Chopped in Half

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.

September 11, 2009 - The New York Times

Creating an Open City Can Be Cheap and Easy

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is a leader in the open data and open government movement, according to this post from the Creative Class Exchange. Getting there is easier and cheaper than many might think.

August 28, 2009 - Creative Class Exchange

The Age of Smart Infrastructure

Infrastructure and technology are blending together, creating infrastructure and infrastructural management more responsive and intelligent.

May 4, 2009 - The New York Times

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