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  1. 5 Minute REST API

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    February 9, 2014 by mheadd

    Inspired by one of Waldo Jaquith’s recent projects to create an easy solution for converting data into a REST API, …
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  2. Don’t Hang Any Pictures

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    February 5, 2014 by mheadd

    A few lessons learned and insights gained serving as a municipal Chief Data Officer – I hope this will be …
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  3. Turning Government Web Content Into APIs.

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    January 16, 2014 by mheadd

    Inspired by a recent Open City project that repurposes data on sewage in the Chicago River, I wanted to work …
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  4. 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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  5. From “Zero to Civic” in 5 Minutes

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    July 9, 2012 by mheadd

    One of the most powerful things about open government data is all of the options it enables. Open data is …
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  6. Building Multichannel Transit Apps with Tropo

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    November 2, 2010 by mheadd

    This post is the third in a series about building an open source transit data application using GTFS data from …
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  7. Democratizing Transit Data with Open Source Software

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    October 20, 2010 by mheadd

    Democratizing government data will help change how government operates—and give citizens the ability to participate in making government services more …
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  8. How to Build an Open Transit Data Application

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    October 8, 2010 by mheadd

    Earlier this year, I had the chance to work with one of my state’s Senators to draft and pass a …
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  9. NoSQL Telephony with Tropo and CouchDB

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    January 12, 2010 by mheadd

    In the last two posts, I’ve provided a basic overview of how to create cloud telephony applications using the Tropo …
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