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When Not to Trust a Number

The amount of data generated each day around the world has reached staggering proportions. While estimates vary, it’s generally accepted ...

How to Frame a Government Data Analysis Project

Data is becoming a bigger part of every government information workers’ day-to-day job. According to several studies, about 30 percent ...

FAST Act Brings Transportation Funding to States

Late in 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into the law. The five-year legislation enhances resources ...

USC Empowers SoCal Community with Quality of Life Data

Which datasets relate most strongly to quality of life and what happens when residents are given block-by-block access to them ...

3 Ways to Teach Data Skills in Your City

How can governments work to encourage data literacy in their employees and throughout their community? In Metro Nashville and Kansas ...

4 City & County Leaders Share Performance Management Tips

There’s compliance, and then there’s going above and beyond to drive real change. A recent interactive panel discussion held on ...

For a More Effective Data Program, Do a Personas Exercise

What’s it like for a resident in your city, state, or county to use your government’s services? For Gainesville, Florida, ...

3 Keys to Effective Learning and Development Programs

Leaders inside and outside of government talk about the importance of bringing a learning culture to their organizations. This popular ...

Metadata Basics and Advice for Open Government Leaders

How do citizens and staff find the data you publish? Whether they’re on the web or using an internal data ...

How Cambridge Created a Civic Innovation Challenge Inventory

When the city of Cambridge wanted to answer the question, “What is the best way to engage residents in open ...

Delight Don’t Distract: 3 Tips for Better Data Visualizations

Advocates for open data have long held that, although publishing government data is a critical first step in driving more ...

2 Must-Watch Presentations from Data Transparency 2017

Data Transparency 2017, hosted by the Data Foundation, is one of DC’s biggest data-centric events. This is the fifth year ...

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