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Making Sense of Data through Visualization

Making Sense of Data through Visualization

Produced by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, this visualization presents an example of a process of data analysis. The diagram contains a lot of information expressed in jargon that takes a while to understand, but the essence of the process is captured in one unifying image that provides a clear framework for […]

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Moving Fast, Going Slow: Implementing the Open Government Directive

Moving Fast, Going Slow: Implementing the Open Government Directive

Deadlines are fast approaching for federal agencies to complete the initial tasks under the Open Government Directive. Publishing new data sets, opening websites, completing longer-term Open Government Plans, and dozens of others. But notably missing is any deadline or deliverable addressing changes in agency cultures and processes. Yet every day those basic dimensions of government […]

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William Eggers: Transition to Gov 2.0

William D. Eggers introduced the term Government 2.0 in his 2005 book, and his research and writing continue to explore issues surrounding the adoption of new collaborative technologies. His broader interest is strengthening the ability of government to manage and implement complex public policy issues. That’s the theme of his new book, If We Can […]

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The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Culture - 2

The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Culture – 2

As a mediator, I have this annoying habit of taking all sides of an issue seriously. Further, as a colleague once put it to me, people in our line of work need to combine optimism about outcomes with cynicism about motives. So I thought I’d offer doses of both in looking at the brighter and […]

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