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Category Archives: Open Source

  1. 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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  2. On Sustainable Civic Technology

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    March 2, 2014 by mheadd

    Sustaining civic technology will mean that both government’s IT infrastructure and the civic technology sector that builds on it will …
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  3. Onboarding Civic Hackers

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    January 10, 2014 by mheadd

    Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending a civic hacking event jointly organized by Code for Philly and …
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  4. Five Ways to Make Government Procurement Better

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    October 14, 2013 by mheadd

    Nothing in recent memory has focused attention on the need for wholesale reform of the government IT procurement system more …
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  5. Communities Matter

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    October 2, 2013 by mheadd

    Philadelphia is unique among big cities in how it publishes open data for civic hackers, journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers and other …
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  6. Experiments in GitHub Based Procurement

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    March 27, 2013 by mheadd

    The City of Philadelphia is experimenting with some new ideas that we hope will change the way that city departments …
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  7. Shutting Down a Civic Project

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    March 18, 2013 by mheadd

    It’s never easy to shut down a civic project or app, but sometimes its the right thing to do. And …
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  8. Urban Storytelling with Open Data

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    December 20, 2012 by mheadd

    One of the most important qualities of open data is that it can provide unparalleled insight into how a city …
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  9. Mid-Atlantic Osmosis

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    August 28, 2012 by mheadd

    I had the pleasure of attending the UnWIREd conference in Baltimore this past weekend, and got a chance to watch …
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  10. Creating the Commons

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    August 28, 2012 by mheadd

    “Building a culture of collaboration and participation is a key ingredient to making innovative programs work in cities.” Listen to …
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