The One Answer You Get From Data

In a previous post I said there is “no one answer about what you will get out of this information”. This is probably true for data generally. But it’s not how a lot of people get interested in open government. For instance: the TIF data I noted in that previous post. Many of the people Read more…

Does usefully open data have to mean XML?

I’ve been having some discussions with people at the Chicago Open Government group, talking about data openness. One common complaint all around is about data exported as PDFs. The particular topic we were discussing was TIFs. TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are something a city can use to try to improve a neighborhood, and fund the Read more…

Welcome to The Civic Hacker

Hello and welcome to the Civic Hacker. How do we change the world for the better, using technology? We don’t know, but we won’t let that stop us from talking about it. That’s what we’ll be talking about on this blog. “We” is the members of The Open Planning Project (TOPP), and the TOPP Labs Read more…