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  1. The Promise and Pitfalls of Government APIs

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    August 11, 2014 by mheadd

    Fresh off a week in San Diego for the annual Accela Engage conference (where Tim O’Reilly gave a keynote presentation) …
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  2. Turning Governments into Data Stewards

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    July 24, 2014 by mheadd

    The civic entrepreneurs behind Open Counter recently launched a new service called Zoning Check that lets prospective businesses quickly and …
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  3. The Hacker Ethos and Better Cities

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    July 22, 2014 by mheadd

    The thing I’ve always loved about hackathons is how they make it possible for anyone to build something that can …
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  4. Making FOIA More Like Open Data

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    June 23, 2014 by mheadd

    The Freedom of Information Act, passed in 1966 to increase trust in government by encouraging transparency, has always been a …
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  5. Built to Fail

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    June 18, 2014 by mheadd

    The great truism that underlies the civic technology movement of the last several years is that governments face difficulty implementing …
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  6. In Defense of Transit Apps

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    June 13, 2014 by mheadd

    The civic technology community has a love-hate relationship with transit apps. We love to, and often do, use the example …
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  7. Making Room For Science

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    May 7, 2014 by mheadd

    Interesting things are happening at Philly Hackathons. Increasingly, participants at local events are opting to work on what would best …
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  8. Building a Government Data Culture

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    April 15, 2014 by mheadd

    “‘Are people innately altruistic?’ is the wrong kind of question to ask. People are people, and they respond to incentives.” …
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  9. One More Week, Three More Things

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    March 30, 2014 by mheadd

    My time as the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer is coming to an end. It’s been an incredible experience …
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  10. The Philadelphia Experiment

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    March 20, 2014 by mheadd

    Three years ago next month, the City of Philadelphia’s open data portal was launched by local technology firm Azavea as …
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