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Category Archives: Open Data

The Road to Open Data Posted on Nov 24

The Road to Open Data

The topic of Open Data is gaining significant coverage in government news. So amongst the buzz, the Commonwealth and the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) held an open discussion to hear thoughts from the public. According to The Open Data Handbook, “open data is data   …Continue Reading The Road to Open Data

Winners of Mass EduData Challenge Announced Posted on Jul 30

Winners of Mass EduData Challenge Announced

  The Mass EduData Challenge, a multi-week open data competition, revealed the competition winners at an Award Ceremony on Tuesday, July 15th at hack/reduce in Cambridge, MA. The education-centered civic hacking competition challenged participants to create valuable insights by leveraging anonymized public data sets maintained   …Continue Reading Winners of Mass EduData Challenge Announced

Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week Posted on Jun 24

Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week

The Mass EduData Challenge, an education-centered civic data challenge, just completed its third week. Since the May 28th launch at Cambridge hacker space, hack/reduce the challenge has seen a steady increase in participants. The goal of the challenge participants is to enhance educational tools and   …Continue Reading Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week

Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff Posted on Jun 3

Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff

The Mass EduData Challenge, a six-week open data competition, held its official kickoff event on Wednesday, May 28th at hack/reduce. This education-focused civic hacking competition challenges developers to enhance educational outcomes by leveraging public data sets maintained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education   …Continue Reading Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff

Privacy Policy Regarding the #MassEduData Challenge Posted on May 28

The Commonwealth, the sponsors and partners involved in the #MassEduData Challenge take privacy and security extremely seriously.  Security was our first priority when this event was conceived. To ensure participants’ privacy, we have worked with our partners at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)   …Continue Reading Privacy Policy Regarding the #MassEduData Challenge

Mass EduData Challenge: Tech Teams Leverage Open Data to Enhance Educational Outcomes Posted on May 23

Mass EduData Challenge:  Tech Teams Leverage Open Data to Enhance Educational Outcomes

Open data is a catalyst for innovation; putting information in the hands of Massachusetts’ inventive citizens provides for endless possibilities. When the MBTA made their public transit schedules publicly available it spurred a host of new mobile applications, allowing commuters to easily track their trains   …Continue Reading Mass EduData Challenge: Tech Teams Leverage Open Data to Enhance Educational Outcomes

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) Posted on Dec 12

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

The last year has been productive and exciting for the Patrick administration as we have moved forward on our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government. During Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the following activities were completed: Assessed needs and “opportunities for innovation” among the Commonwealth executive   …Continue Reading 2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

School StatNet Enables Informed School Operations Decisions Posted on May 21

School StatNet Enables Informed School Operations Decisions

In the past decade, school districts in Massachusetts and around the country have been learning how to use data to customize teaching to each student’s individual needs, to support coaching and development of teachers, and to make big-picture decisions about resource allocation within a district.   …Continue Reading School StatNet Enables Informed School Operations Decisions

New Revenue Modeling Tool: How does Gov. Patrick’s “Choose Growth” Proposal Affect You? Posted on Mar 15

New Revenue Modeling Tool:   How does Gov. Patrick’s “Choose Growth” Proposal Affect You?

When the Commonwealth releases budget proposals (like Governor Patrick did in January), it is sometimes the case that additional information is sought by different people.  Some citizens have difficulty seeing how the proposal would specifically impact them.  Other citizens would like to explore how modifying   …Continue Reading New Revenue Modeling Tool: How does Gov. Patrick’s “Choose Growth” Proposal Affect You?