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Education Department wants your ideas on open data, APIs

The U.S. Department of Education has published a request for information asking for public feedback on how the agency can innovate with open data, particularly application programming interfaces.

Joel Gurin

‘Open Data Now’ author Joel Gurin on how businesses and government are building the data economy

“Open Data Now” author Joel Gurin discusses the impact of open data on the innovation economy and how governments are addressing this new demand.

David Bray

FCC CIO David Bray on social media, open source, agile development and more

Federal Communications Commission Chief Information Officer David Bray participated in our first GitChat, an open Q&A with civic innovators, that leverages GitHub as a discussion platform.

GitHub

GitHub and the C-suite social

Much like we pooh-poohed Twitter in those early days, GitHub, in its early crawl, is today dismissed simply as a tool for the diehard developer. However, as with any tool with great potential, innovators find new ways to leverage emerging technology to communicate, and government chief information and technology officers can effectively do this with GitHub.

Presidential Innovation Fellows

Civic hackers: The White House wants you

The White House is now accepting applications for the 2014 Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

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SF names Joy Bonaguro as city’s first chief data officer

In a Twitter exchange between San Francisco Chief Information Officer Marc Touitou and myself, Touitou confirmed that the city has appointed Joy Bonaguro as its first chief data officer.

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D.A.T.A. and opening up Latin America

GovFresh 2013 Civic Organization of the Year, Datos Abiertos, Transparencia y Acceso a la información, shares its work and plans for the future.

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Obama’s IT ‘trauma team’ and recruiting Silicon Valley

Brill’s “Obama’s Trauma Team” features U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Obama’s fix-it man Jeff Zients, presidential innovation fellows, venture capitalist John Doerr, members of Obama’s campaign tech team and some of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs.

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Pete Peterson on public engagement and, literally, a platform for civic innovation

Davenport Institute’s Pete Peterson has spent the last seven years working with local governments on improving their approach to public engagement. Now, he’s running for California secretary of state on a platform centered around civic innovation.

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Piqua sets the civic example for cities of all sizes

GovFresh 2013 Small City of the Year Piqua, Ohio, is a shining example of the old adage “small is beautiful.” With its multi-pronged approach to engaging citizens, Piqua is proof that it doesn’t take a big city budget to execute big civic ideas.

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