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Executive and Congressional Leaders Express Support for More Transparency Around Government Data

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, along with other Congressional and Executive leaders, expressed their support for the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act on Tuesday.

Oberlin, Ohio Pilots Environmental Dashboard

We all know that saving on water and electricity is good for the environment, but environmentalists and educators in Oberlin, Ohio have now created a clever interactive computer display to help concerned citizens better understand energy and water usage in their city.

Why Nonprofits Should Care about Linked Data and the Semantic Web

by Kristen Milhollin

The meaning and implications of the semantic web have not been understood by many people outside of a very small cluster who have embraced it since World Wide Web Founder Tim Berners-Lee announced at TED in 2009  his idea that it would be useful if the internet did more than hold unrelated documents - if it instead began to hold more data, and link related data together in a logical framework. SpaceforGood takes a look at what Linked Data can do, and what nonprofits can do with it.

Third Annual Open Government Partnership Summit: Bringing Government Closer to the People

The doctrine of Open Government holds that citizens have a right to access governement documents and information about government actions in order to provide effective public oversight. Starting on Tuesday of this week, 1000 delegates from around the world will be gathered in London for the Open Government Partnership annual summit.

National Day of Civic Hacking



The first ever National Day of Civic Hacking, the largest ever national convening of civic hackers coming together to tackle civic issues, will take place in communities across America (including the White House) on 1-2 of June 2013. .

Intended as a "united effort to connect

Lewis M. Branscomb Science and Democracy Symposium


Through its Center for Science and Democracy, the Union of Concerned Scientists is organizing a series of Science and Democracy Forums to address major constraints on the roles of science, evidence-based decision-making and constructive debate in American public discourse and public policy.