Open Data in the News – Vol. 1

August 16, 2013 5:00 pm PST | Data as a Service, Effective Governing

By Patrick Hasseries

Open data’s impact and reach seems to grow each day. From new legislation to helpful civic apps, we’re excited to see the community around open data become stronger.

To keep up with all of the good news, we’re going to collect it now and then and share it with you. Enjoy the following collection of open data news stories and opinion pieces from the last two weeks.

India Launches Open Data Portal

On Thursday, August 8, the Indian government launched an open data portal with more than 3,500 data sets from 49 different government offices. The website, Data Portal India (, has been compared to similar websites launched by the US in 2009 and the UK in 2010.

Visual Proof That Geographic Data Really Should Be Free

When New York City released a huge collection of geo-spatial data sets a few weeks ago, it really was Christmas in July—at least for all those who love analyzing the city through data and maps.

Hackers Called into Civic Duty

Cash-strapped cities are turning to an unusual source to improve their online services on the cheap: helpful hackers who use city data to create tools tracking everything from real-time subway delays to where to get a free flu shot near your home.

Appallicious CEO Receives National Open Data Leadership Award

Appallicious Co-founder and CEO Yo Yoshida accepted the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Center for Digital Government last week at the Center’s seventh annual Industry Summit, for his work with open data in San Francisco and across the country.

NIC & Nasscom Invite Entrepreneurs to Create Apps Using Open Gov’t Data

The National Informatics Centre (NIC), in association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), has organized “#OpenDataApps Challenge,” inviting entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups, developers, civil society and the information technology (IT) industry to create unique and useful apps using Open Government Data.

The World Bank Finances App: Open Data Online and Off

The World Bank values transparency. They have an entire website dedicated to making their financial data open and available to the public. The quantity of data can be overwhelming, however, so for the mobile app version of their open finances website, they simplified the data available on the website for easier mobile consumption.

Newark PD Becomes First in Country to Release Stop-and-Frisk Data

The Newark Police Department has released the race, gender and age of every person they stopped and frisked in the past month under what advocates have called one the “most comprehensive” and transparent open data policies in the country.

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