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Everything open government, transparency, accountability. I'm a Digital Communications Supervisor at the City of Calgary and these are articles of interest to my day-to-day work.
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Personalising climate change through open data and apps

Personalising climate change through open data and apps | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Government-released open data has generated a host of new climate-change related apps, the challenge is to make it clear and usable (Government-released #opendata is fueling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability.
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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life - Forbes

How Open Data Is Transforming City Life - Forbes | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life
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Start a business. Manage your power use. Find cheap rents, or avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods.
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DorobekINSIDER Live: How Data is Changing the Face of Citizen Engagement

DorobekINSIDER Live: How Data is Changing the Face of Citizen Engagement | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! We meet every month with the simple idea, get smart people together and share ideas because we…
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7 Pieces of Citizen Engagement Advice from the Frontlines

7 Pieces of Citizen Engagement Advice from the Frontlines | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Who better to dole out advice about how to truly engage in citizen engagement and its new trends than those who do it every day? Below are seven tips from our…
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"...be open to new ideas, which seems to be more common now than in the past."

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San Francisco's Migration of 29,000 Employees to the Cloud is Under Way

San Francisco's Migration of 29,000 Employees to the Cloud is Under Way | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Now in line with FBI regulatory policy requirements, the city's move to cloud services will be more government compliant and enable easier collaboration for all city and county workers.
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Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform - Wired

Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform - Wired | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform
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The OpenGov Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by California Republican Rep.
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And this...blows my mind!!!

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UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence

UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The person who holds the position will coach students and advise professors on the deceptively complex task of editing articles for the user-generated encyclopedia.
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A Citizen's Guide to Open Government, E-Government, and ... - Source

A Citizen's Guide to Open Government, E-Government, and ... - Source | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Engaged citizens want clear, credible information from the government about how it's carrying on its business. They don't want to thumb through thousands of files or wait month after month or go through the rigors of filing ...
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The bar has been raised - it's no longer good enough to dump volumes of data, citizens are demanding that government make sense of the data and present it in a format that works for them. All of this leads to greater accountability (good news for everyone).

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Law Struggles to Adapt to High-Tech Gadgets

Law Struggles to Adapt to High-Tech Gadgets | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The technology world is reshaping how people live far faster than the legal world can adapt.
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Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution

Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
This social media tool is being embraced by governments far and wide. A new report offers guidance on what it can do and how to make it work.
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How to Use PDFs on Your Website

How to Use PDFs on Your Website | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
PDFs are a real problem for website builders.
The PDF format was first launched over 20 years ago, and it was designed to be a fixed-layout flat document.
When the PDF format was designed, there were about a dozen websites in the whole world.
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Stop PDFing. Just stop.

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Reform Government Surveillance

Reform Government Surveillance | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
It is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance. (An open letter to Obama..
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New look for Calgary’s open data catalogue | The City of Calgary Newsroom

New look for Calgary’s open data catalogue | The City of Calgary Newsroom | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Calgary’s latest release of its open data catalogue is now available at data.calgary.ca. The catalogue includes raw data which is intended to be used, reused and redistributed by anyone under the terms of an open data license.
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Bruce Cullen, Director, Infrastructure & Information Services, says “We encourage citizens to get involved in the open data process and share their creations with The City, whether it’s an app or piece of research using open data.” The website includes a discussion board for sharing ideas and exploring open data.

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Uncivil societies

Uncivil societies | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
THE International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International: to most people these and thousands of other...
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3 Foundations of Government: Accurate, Accountable and Accessible

3 Foundations of Government: Accurate, Accountable and Accessible | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Digitizing documents is one way government can cut costs and increase efficiencies

During one of my first weeks at GovLoop, I remember conducting an intervi…
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Federal government turning to Dragons’ Den to shake up policymaking

Federal government turning to Dragons’ Den to shake up policymaking | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Federal deputy ministers are turning to new models to shake up policymaking, including “reverse mentors” and conducting their own “Dragons’ Den.”
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Well this is interesting, "the deputy ministers’ committee has also been encouraging senior bureaucrats to implement a “reverse mentor” program, according to the documents."

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Millennials & Gov: Where's the Love?

Millennials & Gov: Where's the Love? | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Uncle Sam continues to face a quandary over how to attract a new generation of young people to public service.
One perplexing problem is how to rebuild plumme…
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SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government - Henry Herald

SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government
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Simply speaking, government cannot be of, by and for the people unless it is before the people. It should never be forgotten that government belongs to the governed, not the governing.
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Why you should care about open government

Why you should care about open government | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
James Madison once said, "A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. (RT @nfoic: Editorial from @SentandEnt on Why Youy Should Care about #OpenGov.
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Google Hangout Series: Youth & Open Government

Google Hangout Series: Youth & Open Government | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
How can #youth help governments be more open? Join us on Feb. 25 to find out: http://t.co/zhSfofbihm #opengovnow
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Rethinking Why People Participate

Rethinking Why People Participate | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Having a refined understanding of what leads people to participate is one of the main concerns of those working with citizen engagement. But particularly when it comes to participatory democracy, t...
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My Einstein Job: Open Data Playgrounds

RT @kentdaitken: Turn open data portals into civic playgrounds, says @richardpietro: http://t.co/iOhP60xEsI #opengov
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On Open Government, Education Data, and PDFs

On Open Government, Education Data, and PDFs | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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I also dislike PDF's. They clutter up your computer. Why should I have to download a file in order to read important information--that's like requiring me to record/PVR the 6 o'clock news every day instead of just watching the broadcast?

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After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and ... - GameSpot

After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and ... - GameSpot | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and innovative" Internet.
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Linking Facebook to Twitter? Bad idea for brands

Linking Facebook to Twitter? Bad idea for brands | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
This seemingly brilliant shortcut might be damaging your online reputation and costing you customers. Here's why.
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Couldn't agree more. This is like writing the same ad for a billboard and a magazine. Makes you appear lazy and is just ineffective.

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