Open Data

How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World

Helsinki has always had a top-notch statistics bureau. Now, it's bringing that data online, and making it regional.

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The True Future of Transportation Has Two Big Barriers to Entry

Open data and smart devices will be the cornerstones of tomorrow's urban mobility.

Reuters

Mapping the Imbalances of New York's Popular, Troubled Bike-Share

Empty and full stations abound in this cash-strapped system.

Mapping New York's Traffic Crashes

Twenty-three percent of the city's 2013 car-related fatalities occurred in just 5 percent of its neighborhoods.

Accessibility Observatory

This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute

With the help of 4.2 trillion points of data.

Mapdwell

Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.

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Enough Already With the Avoid-The-Ghetto Apps

A bad idea that won't go away.

Visual Proof That Geographic Data Really Should Be Free

New York City and California have begun to offer up their GIS files to anyone who wants them, and early results are amazing.

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Are Civic Hackathons Stupid?

An argument against the popular (and unpaid) app design contests.

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It's About to Get Much Easier to Dig Up Your Apartment's Deep, Dark Secrets

Track down a building's code violations, noise complaints, or that nagging history of chemical contamination.

Plan in a Box

8 Clever Ideas for Making Government Work Better With Data

Easy-to-use tools to cut through bureaucratic red tape, via the Knight News Challenge.

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How Your Online Burrito Review Could Help Standardize Municipal Data

Yelp's effort to publish restaurant health safety inspections is just the second time cities have attempted to communicate valuable information in a common language.

HousingCheckup

12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.

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Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?

Corcoran et. al

Mapping the Growth of OpenStreetMap

Looking back over the history of the crowdsourced digital street map, a familiar pattern emerges.

OpenPlans

A Mad Lib for Urban Dreamers

What could you change in your community if you just knew more about it?

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Why New York City's Open Data Law Is Worth Caring About

"You always hear that information is power, and in this case it really is."

CityScan

Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

James Koval

Early Fruits of International Open Data Day 2013

Projects from Vancouver to Washington to Kathmandu.