Gov 2.0 News

July 22, 2011

TweetOpen data is moving forward in Canada. The provincial government in British Columbia launched its own open data portal on Tuesday. The site, has been in the works for a long time and will provide nearly 2,500 data sets covering a broad range of information from salaries to student performance. The B.C. government has [...]

July 21, 2011

A new approach for improving American science education includes focusing on core ideas and problem-solving.

July 19, 2011

The most extensive study of drug courts-a five-year examination of 23 courts and six comparison jurisdictions in eight statesfound that these court programs can significantly decrease drug use and criminal behavior, with positive outcomes ramping upward as participants sensed their judge treated them more fairly, showed greater respect and interest in them, and gave them more chances to talk during courtroom proceedings.

New Yorkers have heard this before: officials said the system would not only locate tie-ups, but also alter traffic signals to ease them.

As the desire for wireless internet increases, some public parks are finding that Wi-Fi networks are becoming a new and important amenity.
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July 17, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday it will test a program to pre-screen a small group of air travelers who volunteer more personal information about themselves so they can be vetted to get faster screening at four airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The White House today launched the 2011 version of the SAVE award. Employees can submit ideas starting through July 29. Over the past two years, feds offered more than 56,000 potential money-saving ideas.

July 14, 2011

July 12, 2011

Six pilot cities are selected for the launch of a new federal, interagency initiative know as 'Strong Cities, Strong Communities': Fresno, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis and Chester, PA.
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July 11, 2011

A growing number of school districts from Boston to Western Massachusetts are embracing a new kind of school to pursue educational innovations and compete more aggressively with charter schools.

HARRISBURG — State government will soon begin putting together a website that will provide one-stop access to state financial information.

July 10, 2011

Making urban data available is important, but not as important as presenting that data in a digestible way, according to this piece from Change Observer.
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The feds are coming! The feds are coming! U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Director Shaun Donovan will visit Detroit on Monday to announce a program to help the financially ailing city of Detroit. But he's not bringing money.

San Francisco school officials say they are stepping up efforts to reduce the number of unused workbooks that land in district recycling bins each year, calling the practice an unnecessary waste of trees and money. The...

Change By Us, an evolution of CEOs for Cities Give a Minute crowdsourcing project, launched today in New York City. Change by Us is an online platform built to engage residents in the brainstorming of city improvement projects. The website, which asks, "Hey NYC, how can we make our city a greener, greater place to live?," crowdsources ideas and groups the responses into action groups based on interest and location. Additionally, the website will be used to channel grants from the Department of Environmental Protection to top sustainability ideas. An article in the New York Times cites Change ...

July 6, 2011

Cities across the country — including Washington, Chicago, Miami Beach, Denver and Des Moines, Iowa — launched bike-sharing programs last year. Boston and New York plan to start their own later this summer.

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