October 6, 2012, 1pm PDT
Writer David Lepeska offers a great summary of innovative civic technologies and mobile apps being used across the country, and speculates about which city will be the first to use Twitter as a very public suggestion box.
August 24, 2012, 7am PDT
As the ways in which cities across the U.S. are utilizing the web continues to increase, open data is changing the way citizens interact with their government. Philadelphia is one city using information to level the power playing field.
March 19, 2012, 12pm PDT
Within the last six months, two forward thinking American cities have created new positions for Chief Innovation Officers, with a mission to connect city hall with a new generation of problem-solvers outside of it, reports Emily Badger.
March 1, 2012, 9am PST
Sarah Lai Stirland reports on the new bill, that was to be voted on by the City Council on Wednesday, which would codify many of the principles articulated by open government advocates in recent years.
August 5, 2011, 6am PDT
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy released an interactive map displaying thousands of alternative fuel stations around the nation.
December 23, 2010, 9am PST
Gov 2.0 is on the rise, and an increasing amount of cities and groups are getting behind efforts to improve the way cities function by better processing their data.
December 9, 2010, 12pm PST
Federal government entities are supposed to be "opening" their data, publishing it online for any and all to see. While the goal is good, the reality of meeting the requirement is creating problems.
November 11, 2010, 10am PST
A new law requiring city agencies and departments to make "reasonable efforts" to publish their data received unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors.
September 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
In Detroit and New Orleans, open data proponents are pushing local government to share public data in ways that help citizens in these struggling cities to improve their communities.
August 18, 2010, 8am PDT
<em>Streetfilms</em> offers this video about how opening up transit agency data can greatly improve urban public transit systems for riders at little or no cost to the agencies.
June 25, 2010, 7am PDT
New York City is moving forward with a plan to create a singular clearinghouse of public agency information -- an effort to help improve the way city departments work together.
June 14, 2010, 12pm PDT
Public data can be more than information for cities. Some have even used it to help generate revenue.
May 22, 2010, 1pm PDT
<em>Next American City</em>'s Christian Madera reports on a series of seminars looking at how the growing open data movement is helping to offer cities solutions to some of their operational problems.
March 30, 2010, 8am PDT
In an effort to improve accountability, more government agencies are freeing data about public expenditures.
March 12, 2010, 8am PST
The City of San Francisco has for years had a "Sunshine" ordinance, requiring that public agencies make their documents and proceedings available to the public. But recent reviews show that sunshine has been hard to find in the city of fog.
San Francisco Bay Guardian
March 12, 2010, 5am PST
The city of Miami is putting its 311 phone system and the civic problems it's used to report online, enabling residents and city officials to easily track local problems.
February 24, 2010, 11am PST
<em>Next American City</em> columnist Christian Madera looks at new efforts to get local government to make municipal data available and accessible, and some of the ways reluctant cities can be convinced to open up.
February 12, 2010, 11am PST
Keeping government open and accountable has led to some problems for cities, according to John D. Donahue.
December 10, 2009, 10am PST
A new site from the people behind WalkScore shows you where to track your commute, and singles out the transit agencies who are failing to let you.
December 8, 2009, 10am PST
A growing number of cities are opening up public data streams to computer developers. Some say the move will improve civic discourse, but the nascent trend is still developing.