Defragmenting the Stimulus: 5 easy steps to take Recovery.gov to the next level

Brady Forrest at O’Reilly Radar recently blogged about the plethora of options for mapping the stimulus package’s investments. A few states and government agencies have created their own mapping portals, and a few software makers have pulled some of the stimulus data into their own tools. Considering the inaccessibility of public data before the Obama administration, these are all a…

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Petition the CDC, WHO for Better Flu Data

Concerned citizens and medical professionals alike need detailed, timely information about the spread of H1N1 swine flu to safeguard their communities and families. The CDC and WHO should be releasing more detailed and timely information about the spread of swine flu than is currently available to the public. Moreover, both organizations are releasing information with decreasing frequency, despite the increasing…

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Tear Down This Wall

David Chartier at Ars Technica notes that social networking services must break down the silos that separate them or decline into irrelevance like AOL. As quality, free content grew on the Internet outside of AOL, people abandoned the premium service — two-thirds of them. Chartier notes that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are next. People are pouring too…

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Designing for a Trillion: Rhiza’s Parent MAYA Featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The sci-fi thriller “Minority Report” envisioned a world in which virtually any surface could convey information. Mickey McManus, president and CEO of MAYA Design, says “the trillion-node network” that would make such a world possible will be upon us within five years. […] The problem, Mr. McManus says, is that we aren’t equipped for the complexity generated by all of…

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TUgis 2009: Knauer to Present Incentives for Sharing GIS Data

Join Rhiza CEO Josh Knauer at TUgis 2009, Maryland’s premiere GIS conference, to learn more about creating incentives and pathways for sharing public GIS data. Josh’s presentation will focus on the lessons learned from Rhiza’s collaboration with the public and nonprofit sectors to implement public geospatial data sharing through Insight, Rhiza’s collaborative web-based GIS platform. Josh will present during the…

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Deep Web Diving – Rhiza Takes You There

Communicating the impact of your organization to clients, constituents and funders„ Posting information on the Internet is only the first step. Telling a compelling story requires thoughtful analysis that makes the hidden connections within your information apparent and highlights your successes. Conventional technology cannot do this for your stakeholders; Rhiza Labs can. The yet-to-be mined treasure trove of unmade connections…

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Transparency Camp ’09: Community-Level Transparency Efforts, & Designing for Transparency

On February 28, 2009, Rhiza Labs CTO Michael Higgins and CEO Josh Knauer presented at Transparency Camp ’09 on creating public information systems that support truly public decision-making. Josh focused on community-level transparency efforts; Mike focused on incorporating transparency into the design process. View Mike’s presentation, and notes from Josh’s, below:

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Josh Knauer Tapped to Give Keynote Address at Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs, will deliver the keynote address to attending GIS professionals, scholars, nonprofit and government staff at the 2009 Pennsylvania GIS Conference on May 19. His presentation will use the Information Commons to explain how social entrepreneurship in the geospatial community can stimulate new and useful thinking about data sharing. The conference, an outreach service of…

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The Scouts’ Motto — on Data

After January’s airplane miracle on the Hudson, divers charged with retrieving the craft demonstrated a good reason for public agencies to maintain comprehensive, current public data — even if their immediate utility is not apparent: The divers who located the engine at the bottom of the Hudson River could see only a few inches in front of their masks, but…

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Gov’t Accountability: Also Good for H.R.

A letter to the New York Times details another reason why accountability is critical for good government: the retention of talented career public servants. “…the biggest reason to pursue accountability: the morale of current and future career employees of the very agencies so poorly served by most government officials for most of the last eight years… For all the fickle…

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