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Geo API from Infochimps brings you closer to mapping fun

Mostly because of the popularity of smartphones, location data is all the rage nowadays. You're almost always connected no matter where you are. Rich location data can help provide you…

Reporters make it easier to access Census data

Census data can provide valuable information, but the datasets are not always the easiest to access. So you often end up spending a lot of time getting your data in…

Get a coffee, give a coffee API

Jonathan Stark, a mobile application consultant, is running an interesting social experiment with his Starbucks card: Jonathan's Card is an experiment in social sharing of physical goods using digital currency…

Pew Research raw survey data now available

The Pew Research churns out a lot of interesting results from a number of surveys about online and American culture, but they usually only shared aggregated results, pre-made charts and…

Map your location – that your iPhone secretly records

Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have found that the iPhone records cell tower access, and hence your location, in an easy-to-read file that is transferred as you switch devices.…

Data.gov and other transparency sites to be shut down due to budget cuts

Last week, there were rumblings over the end of the Statistical Abstract, and I suggested that it was just a sign of changing technologies. I thought that Data.gov and similar…

Tell-all telephone reveals politician’s life

Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don't get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and then can show a lot…

Lots of health data released via Health Indicators Warehouse

The government has been making a big push for more open health-related data, and a couple of weeks ago, they released a whole bunch of it with the launch of…

Million song dataset available for download

Need music data? Get all the data you want and more from the freely available million song dataset, offered by LabROSA at Columbia University and Echo Nest. There's lots of…

Sunlight Labs opens up Real Time Congress API

Sunlight Labs continues its work for a more open government with its recent release of the Real Time Congress API. Today we're making available the Real Time Congress API, a…

Find more of the data you need with DataMarket

Add another online destination to find the data that you need. DataMarket launched back in May with Icelandic data, but just a few days ago relaunched with data of the…

A guide for scraping data

Data is rarely in the format you want it. Dan Nguyen, for ProPublica, provides a thorough guide on how to scrape data from Flash, HTML, and PDF. [via @JanWillemTulp]…

Jon Stewart explains Wikileaks’ Cablegate

You've probably already heard and read about Wikileaks' Cablegate. If not, Andy Baio has a fine roundup with significant coverage and events to get you caught up quick. Alternatively, you…

How do people use Firefox?

Mozilla Labs just released a bunch of anonymized browsing data for their open data visualization competition: This competition is based on Mozilla's own open data program, Test Pilot. Test Pilot…

Making recalls and market withdrawals more accessible

Last week I found out that the FDA has a feed for all product recalls and market withdrawals since 2009 and an RSS feed with details. I did a quick…

Opportunities in Government 2.0

Vivek Wadhwa talks government data and the (financial) opportunities ripe for the picking: What is happening with the opening up of government data is nothing less than a silent revolution.…

How people use private browsing

Private browsing. All the modern browsers have it. Turn it on, and the browser won't keep your history during the session. Sometimes it's used to pay bank bills on a…

How weather data became open data

Weather in the private sector is over a $1.5 billion industry, and it's largely because of the government's open weather data. You can find what the weather is just about…

Afghanistan war logs revealed and mapped

This past Sunday, well-known whistle-blower site Wikileaks released over 91,000 secret US military reports, covering the war in Afghanistan. Each report contains the time, geographic location, and details of an…

Data and its impact on journalism

In regards to the UK's recent boom in open data, Simon Rogers of the Guardian, ponders data's role in journalism, and the opportunities this new found information could bring: The…

Egregious Citations Issued to BP

BP processes about 1.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, across six refineries in the United States. In total, 150 refineries in the United States process just under 18…

Live webcast: Community Health Data Initiative

Health and Human Services (HHS) is about to announce the launch of their Community Health Data Initiative over in DC right now. The point is to make health data more…