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Miriam Young of +DataKind writes about two projects that came out of DataKind Bangalore's first DataDive: Digital Green and IChangeMyCity/Janaagraha.
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New post from Guarav Gupta, Dalberg's Regional Director for Asia, on a new study that shows the economic and social value that "smart maps" bring to urban development. 
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Reposting from DataSF: In April, DataSF announced the launch of their Housing Data Hub, which puts data about the complexity of housing issues into context and with visualizations. 
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New data on Google's Transparency Report about emergency disclosures and preservation requests plus some news about unsealed court documents. 
Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog. We first launched the Transparency Report in 2010 to help the public learn about the scope of government requests for user data. With recent revelations about government surveillanc...
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+Mariko Davidson, Innovation Fellow for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, offers five recommendations for US states looking to make the most of open data. 
Mariko Davidson serves as an Innovation Fellow for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she works on all things open data. These opinions are her own. You can follow her @rikohi. States struggle to define their role in the...
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Following on yesterday's post about software for campaigns and policymaking, a 2014 paper by David Nickerson and Todd Rogers breaks down the statistical methods and modeling techniques that sophisticated data analysts employ in political campaigns today. 
Looking through SSRN this morning, I came across a paper by David Nickerson (Notre Dame) and Todd Rogers (Harvard), "Political Campaigns and Big Data" (February 2014). It's a nice follow-up to yesterday's post about the softw...
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A new study from Leviathan takes a look at the cost of data localization for local businesses, complete with a visualization that lets you compare costs in different regions. 
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Sharing another post by An Xiao Mina. In this post she delves into the concept of a "binary of connectivity."
Back in April, we shared a post from designer and Internet researcher An Xiao Mina about the "sneakernet." She has a new post on The Society Pages in which she sets out to define a concept she calls the binary of connectivity...
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Meredith Whittaker writes about Battle for the Net's new Internet Health Test and their hopes for how it will contribute to a growing body of public data on Internet access. 
Meredith Whittaker is Open Source Research Lead at Google. We are big fans of open data. So we're happy to see that the folks over at Battle for the Net launched The Internet Health Test earlier this week, a nifty tool that a...
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+Copia Institute founder +Michael Masnick highlights two case studies that explore the value of data-driven innovation to scientific research. 
Mike Masnick is founder of the Copia Institute. In the last few years, there’s obviously been a tremendous explosion in the amount of data floating around. But we’ve also seen an explosion in the efforts to understand and mak...
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A policy paper from Morris and Gleave at the Center for Global Development looks at the future of the World Bank. It's a data-driven examination of "the ways in which seemingly immoveable forces underlying the World Bank’s work might finally be ripe for change in the face of shifting development needs."
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A look at new approaches to data-driven policymaking that are changing the way policymakers understand and engage their constituencies. 
Last month, a number of news outlets wrote about a startup called Quorum. Winner of the 2014 Harvard Innovation Challenge's McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Social Enterprise, Quorum has ...
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Thoughts on data-driven decision-making, policymaking, and innovation from Google and friends. Please note that because we have guest bloggers and cover such a wide range of issues, the thoughts expressed on PBTN and on this page do not necessarily reflect Google’s views.