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How Ghent is using the semantic web to connect data and meaning

From cities-today.com

How the benefits of linked open data on a semantic website outweigh the pitfalls. By Bart Rosseau, Chief Data Officer, City of Ghent
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What It Means To Lead An Inclusive City In 2018–And Into The Future

From www.fastcompany.com

In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf is leading the exceptionally diverse city through a period of unprecedented growth and investment–while trying to create an ethos of inclusion.
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Victoria mayor calls Facebook a ‘toxic chamber,’ says she’s pulling the plug

From www.timescolonist.com

Saying it’s become a toxic echo chamber rather than a place for civil discourse, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is quitting Facebook. “When I started this job as mayor and when I was a councillor, . . .
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Right to the Smart City

From www.righttothesmartcity.org

We want to explore the role of civic engagement in the "smart city" conversation by surfacing principles, best practices, and creative experiments that involve the public in the design and sustainability of the technologically smart city.
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Boulder's Plan to Become a Child- and Youth-Friendly City

From icma.org

Michael Jordan Sports Park. Boulder’s Fun Backyard. Goose Creek Park. Teen and Adult Homeless Shelter and Work Center.Just a few of the school-aged design proposals that resulted from Growing Up Boulder’s visioning process for the City of Boulder’s Alpine-Balsam community project. Participatory design at its finest. And it’s just one of the many ways that Boulder has incorporated children into the planning and design of community projects, as well as improve community engagement.
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Data is for Everyone: Three Open Data Lessons from a Hurricane

From reboot.org

You don’t have to be a tech expert to solve problems with data—as Hurricane Harvey showed. What lessons can we learn from how citizens use data in a disaster?
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Detroit's Dubious Civic Tech Champions

From civichall.org

Like other for-profit civic technology companies, Loveland sits at an uncomfortable intersection of priorities. Since its inception, Loveland has struggled to reconcile what its founders think the city needs with what community organizers and residents want and need and what nonprofits, government agencies, and companies are willing to buy.
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Get involved: A citizen's guide to getting your voice heard by government

From lasvegassun.com

The long, grueling and combative 2016 election had at least one silver lining. According to the website VolunteerMatch, its highest-ever traffic numbers happened four days after Trump’s inauguration an
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Amazon Go and the Death of the Neighborhood Supermarket

From www.citylab.com

Supermarkets are community anchors. Amazon’s “just walk out” version embodies a disconcerting social transformation.
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Gathering the Opinions of Hard-to-Reach Residents

From www.n-r-c.com

Whether collecting data by mail, phone or web, encouraging these residents to respond to a survey from the City can be resource intensive, and without a robust effort, ineffective. Local government leaders of diverse communities should especially consider ways to get more participation from hard-to-reach residents.
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Dying for Uber and Lyft's Secrets, Cities Get Creative

From www.wired.com

Researchers want to know how ride-hailing companies are affecting their streets, but don't have much information to help them.
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Austin and Norfolk selected to be the next pilot projects of Tactical Data Engagement

From sunlightfoundation.com

Sunlight Open Cities is excited to congratulate Austin, Texas and Norfolk, Virginia as the next pilot projects of Tactical Data Engagement. Austin and Norfolk are both passionate about open data and ready to convene community partners to learn how to support open data use outside of city hall. We’re looking forward to working with both…
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New York City Celebrates Open Data Week 2018

From nycopendata.tumblr.com

March 3 through March 10, more than 30 events for new yorkers to explore the use & power of NYC Open Data
NYC Open Data Week 2018 is a week-long celebration to raise awareness of the City’
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Crowdsourcing is a step forward in citizen participation

From www.democracy-international.org

This year's Digital Democracy Day, initiated by ECAS, focused on the question of how crowdsourcing can improve and simplify citizen participation at both local and EU level. By Melissa Ihlow
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Wrapping up an amazing year with the 16 cities in the Smart Cities Collaborative

From t4america.org

A few weeks ago, leaders from 16 cities met in Los Angeles for the last of four meetings in our inaugural yearlong Smart Cities Collaborative.
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Why We ❤ Instagram: Visualizing Community Engagement

From elgl.org

In the Local Government Challenge, University of Texas-Arlington students will focus on developing effective approaches to community engagement. We’ll hear from practitioners over the next co…
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Are Open Data Efforts Working?

From www.govtech.com

Over the last decade, state and local governments have invested in open data initiatives. Have those efforts done what we thought they should?
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Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

From www.rollingstone.com

Jeff Goodell reports: Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year and could reshape nation.
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Will Piaggio's Gita Soon Be Your Own Personal R2-D2?

From www.theatlantic.com

Piaggio, the Italian company that makes Vespa scooters, is building cargo droids for city pedestrians.
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New Orleans Wants to Be a Smart City, But at What Cost?

From www.govtech.com

From gunshot detection to data collection, officials want to see technology playing a bigger role in the city’s decision-making process. But where to invest and how to pay for it remain unknown.
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Engaging Hard to Reach Users in Designing Civic Tech

From www.livingcities.org

Designing useful tech solutions requires working "with, not for" the community to solve problems. A civic tech and data collaborative in St. Louis reflects on how they engaged their end users—residents navigating the county court system.
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