A partnership for transportation systems performance management

Fortran and OpenDataSoft Announce a Strategic Partnership

A Smart Cities partnership to improve performance management of transportation systems.

Boston, MA, May 25, 2017 – Fortran Traffic Systems Limited, a well-established leader in the North America transportation industry providing traffic solutions and services, and OpenDataSoft, a dynamic software platform specializing in opening data and making them transparent and actionable, are excited to announce a strategic partnership.

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How Education Open Data plays a role in school transportation.

Education Open Data Part 2: School Transportation Missing Data

In the first installment of our Education Open Data series, we introduced the concept of Open Data and the benefits of using open, structured, reusable data sources in education, where PDFs are still the prefered reporting format. Our example was the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, but again, this example could be imagined in state Departments of Education across the country. NCDPI is not an outlier or bad actor in terms of data reporting. NCDPI uses an “open government” standard of reporting that dates back several decades. This new installment will examine practices in transportation data reporting, which, as it stands, can be quite opaque. The good news is we have opportunities through the use of web enabled data dissemination through open data to build and improve upon its current work.

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Open Data in Public Education is a Good place to start

Open Data and K-12 Education – Where’s the Connection?

K-12 Open Data Initiatives present unique opportunities and challenges for public education institutions. The opportunities to engage with constituents and stakeholders within the community are enticing. Bond referenda analysis, capital improvement spending analysis, and communication on student performance, regulations, and sentiment analyses represent just a few of the ways institutions can benefit from opening data to the community.

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Connecting the Dots Between Open Government and Civic Engagement

Get involved. That’s been the rallying cry of community planners, government officials, and activists for decades. This plea for civic engagement stretches across towns and municipalities, crossing state boundaries and country borders. While the message encouraging community members to vote and voice their opinion doesn’t change in democratic societies, the technology and how civic leaders use it is rapidly evolving.

The latest technology innovation driving civic engagement is the open government data movement. This movement has been shown to encourage innovative problem solving of some of the most difficult social issues, improve voter turnout, and build trust between government and the communities they govern.

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Smart Water Management & Open Data

US EPA: Workers check on progress inside a tunnel on a Washington, D.C. water infrastructure project

Reporter Bill Lucia posed a tough question in the April issue of Route Fifty: “How Does a Town of 312 People Afford a $3.6 Million Water System Upgrade?” For the small town of Hysham, Montana, the answer was fortunately found in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and grants.

Other communities will not be able to tap into the same sources if the proposed White House budget is adopted, but even if funding for the program survives the budget axe, formidable challenges to managing, protecting and conserving water resources will remain.

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photos and map from queensland opendatasoft feature

Open Data and Australian history: exploring 10,000+ photos and maps of Queensland from 1791 to 2004

We came across a few very interesting data sets recently, and quite different to what is typically found on Open Data catalogues: thousands of photographs of Queenslanders across time and geography as well as 250+ historical maps of Australia dating from 1552 to 1950.

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Overcoming 5 Barriers to Open Government Data

Why is there still so much controversy around opening government data? The open data movement was created to increase government transparency, and foster civic participation and economic growth. Proponents suggest sharing government data will be key to solving perplexing human challenges such as poverty or climate change.

The movement is more than a decade old, yet it’s still facing implementation barriers. Chris Martin of The Open University covered some of those hurdles in his recent academic article, Barriers to the Open Government Data Agenda: Taking a Multi-Level Perspective. In it, he shares five key barriers to the open data movement and ways to overcome them.

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Libraries Open Data and Australian history: convicts transportation

State Library of Queensland’s Open Data sets are a gold mine. For the next post of our “Public libraries Open Data and Australian history” series, we spent some time analysing the British Convict transportation registers data set.

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The EU GDPR rules will mark a data revolution

Regulating the Use of Data in the EU with the GDPR: A Revolution to Come

Just over a year from now, new European regulations on data protection will take effect. This will represent a profound change that will affect users and businesses, says Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO of OpenDataSoft.

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Loi NOTRe et Open Data dans une société uberisée

A Glimpse into the Future of Open Government

Open government is coming to a city near you. It’s clear that citizen populations won’t have it any other way. Or is it?

Over the past several years, many countries have been taking some unprecedented steps to foster inclusion and transparency in local and regional government. More than 200 open data projects were announced within the first year of the launch of data.gov.uk and the movement has continued to expand.

There’s a data revolution happening and governments around the world are increasing transparency and fostering a cultural shift in accountability by opening their data and using data visualization tools to share it with their constituents. What are our predictions for the future of open government?

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