Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for February 15, 2014

February 15, 2014 8:20 am PST | Data as a Service, Effective Governing

The impact of open data continues to grow. From new legislation to helpful civic apps, we’re excited to see the community around open data getting stronger every day.

To help you keep up with all of the good news, we’ll collect the top open data stories from around the Web on this blog each week. Make sure to watch this space for updates and share what you find with the people in your network.

How Open Data is Helping Venice Deal with High Tides

The San Francesco del Deserto island, in the Venetian lagoon, isn’t the first place likely to spring to mind if you think about technology. In fact, it’s one of the few places involved until now in the Acqualta project, the brainchild of the #opendatavenezia group — a collective of open data activists that aims to monitor the tide level through the use of wireless sensors spread across the lagoon.

Open Data Institute Expands in Canada with Big Public-Private Investment

OpenText, Canada’s largest software company, announced that as a founding partner in the Open Data Institute, the company and partners will contribute $3 million in cash and in-kind contribution over the next three years to support the proposed Institute. Joining OpenText as founding partners in the public-private partnership are the University of Waterloo, Communitech, the Canadian Digital Media Network, and Desire2Learn.

Infographic: Data on Chicago’s Increasing Amount of Open Data

The City of Chicago has released it’s 2013 report on open data and the city’s efforts to publish all appropriate datasets to its data portal. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made open data a priority and one of the new initiatives in 2014 will be to allow the public to suggest new datasets directly through the data portal. Besides the city’s own data portal, datasets also are released through the City’s Github account and the City of Chicago’s Data Dictionary. There’s a lot of city data out there, and it’s growing, based on the latest report.

Open Data Tracks New Yorkers’ Opinions of Mayoral Transition

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his State of the City address Monday, but coders and developers have the chance to present alternative takes on the State of the City with the help of data now provided by Talking Transition, a community engagement effort that sought to crowdsource New Yorkers’ opinions about the future direction of the city on the occasion of the mayoral transition.

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