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Los Angeles Plans a Performance Metrics Website

October 9, 2013 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Modeled on systems set up by Minneapolis, Boston and other cities, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garsetti will soon unveil a website that is supposed to answer the public’s most commonly asked questions. How many violent crimes have occurred in my neighborhood?…

EPA Proposes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

July 31, 2013 - in Projects, Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands…

Building a Smarter Honolulu with Transparency and Citizen Involvement

June 28, 2013 - in Corporate, Smart Cities

A city that evokes the image of a high-rise skyline in the middle of paradise, Honolulu, Hawaii has recently been undergoing a technological transformation.…

Cities Find New Ways to Deal with a Torrent of Data

April 28, 2013 - in Analysis, Smart Cities

Many cities around the country find themselves in position where they are accumulating data faster than they know what to do with. One approach is to give them to the public. For example, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago are or soon…

The City of Philadelphia Releases their Open Data Guidebook

March 4, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

The City of Philadelphia recently released its internal Open Data Guidebook, a how-to for city departments who are interested in releasing data. The guidebook, developed by the  city’s Open Data Working Group, has been in the works since late last year.…

Citizens Are Demanding (and Mapping) Land Rights Worldwide

February 15, 2013 - in Featured, Projects

Crowd-sourced land rights maps are underway throughout the world, where citizens are taking action to identify land rights violations and corruption.  Deriban.net in Ukraine, Furushwa in Kenya and Lets Talk Land Tanzania are all citizen-started activism to…

Harvard’s Bright Ideas in Government Awards Are Heavy on Mapping

October 2, 2012 - in Projects

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University recognized 111 innovative government initiatives as Bright Ideas. This year’s cohort hails from all levels of government—including…

Harvard's Bright Ideas in Government Awards Are Heavy on Mapping

October 2, 2012 - in Projects

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University recognized 111 innovative government initiatives as Bright Ideas. This year’s cohort hails from all levels of government—including…

City of Oakland Selects Accela Cloud Platform to Boost Efficiency, Transparency, Ease of Access

July 22, 2012 - in Corporate, Smart Cities

Accela, Inc. announced that the City of Oakland, Calif., has awarded the Bay Area-based company a more than $3.5 million contract to deploy Accela Automation enterprise software in the City's Department of Planning, Building & Neighborhood Preservation…

Russia Opens up Real Estate Transactions

June 11, 2012 - in Uncategorized

Starting this month it will be possible to look up details on 15 million real estate deals that are registered in the Unified State Register of Real Estate Property. Rosregister, the Federal Service for Property Registration, Cadastral Planning and Cartography,…