Loco for Local: Regional Examples of Open Government


I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people interested or involved in local open government projects. In fact, the sessions Neighborhood Networking, Local Government Transparency, and Empowering Democratic Deliberation at the Local Level with Social Media all explored technologies, ideas, and best practices for local government transparency and citizen engagement. Unfortunately, these aren’t the types of projects that attract media attention.

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16 Million 2-1-1 Calls in 2009


From our colleagues at the United Way of America, an update on 2009 Call Volume: 2-1-1 call centers across the country have completed their annual survey of call traffic. This is an increase of 13% in call volume over 2008. More than 40% of the 16,235,348 callers had basic human service needs for housing, utilities, food, clothing, personal and household goods. In the basic needs category 27% of the calls were for housing and utilities and 10% for food and meals.

6 Governments Who Set Their Data Free


And they're doing it in ways that allow people to build web applications on top of the data. communities (and readers of this blog) have heard about the federal government's Data.gov initiative (and the winner of a certain Apps for America competition using these data sets). But local and state governments are also setting their data free. Here are a few examples: District of Columbia's Data Catalog : The District has opened up 405 data sets across multiple agencies.

Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's NetSquared community is hosting free monthly technology meetups in 74 cities globally, but with more than 39,000 members, it can be hard to get a sense of the community's needs. To be a part of a larger nonprofit community/networking.

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Supporting Nonprofit Tech Educators Across the Globe

Tech Soup Blog

Here's your monthly roundup of free in-person #Tech4Good events. But first I'm going to show off on behalf of our NetSquared organizers. I have the very best job at TechSoup — I get to support our network of nonprofit technology event organizers.

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Hackathons for Good: Techies, Thinkers, and Activists Unite

Tech Soup Blog

When you hear the term "hackathon," you might imagine a group of coders getting together to break into a protected website or engaging in some other shady activity. A number of exciting projects have come out of these events including apps made by aspiring young app developers.

Shovel-Ready Online Civic Projects #3: Health Care Provider Data Feed


This is the third in our series of "shovel-ready" internet projects -- Forum One's take on how to spend the the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)" popularly known as "the stimulus package.". As usual, jargon bounced off the walls: "in-network services," "co-pays, "deductibles," "out-of-pocket," and my favorite, "Pre-existing Condition Exclusion Period.". For starters, I know of no single reliable, comprehensive health care directory.