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    Guest post by Phil West, a Senior Technology Architect with the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation. A version of this article originally appeared at FutureFed . Data.gov recently turned two years old. On the White House blog, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra wrote about how far Data.gov has come since starting...
  • Blog Post: From Data Processing To Data Psychology: Curating Open Government Data Utility

    Guest post by Phil West, a Solutions Architect with the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation. A large part of Open Government is what people have termed "open data" - in other words, making what should be publicly-available data more findable, searchable, accessible, useable, and sharable online....
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Cloud Computing For University Scientists

    Microsoft and Internet2 have announced a new agreement enabling member universities to take advantage of Windows Azure to open up collaborative, instructional and research opportunities in the cloud. The announcement was made at the recent Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, VA. This agreement...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft scientist predicts Oscar winners using big data

    Last year, David Rothschild of Microsoft Research New York City used a versatile, data-driven model to predict correctly the results of the U.S. presidential election in 50 of 51 jurisdictions—the nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia. Now, as the next effort in his quest...
  • Blog Post: I Can Haz Cold One? DC Agency Trades Beer for Startup Beta-Testing

    A few years ago, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a bar called The Taj opened . What was unusual about it was not so much the fact that it was the only bar in the eastern part of Afghanistan, but the method of payment: data. In brief, if Taj visitors had useful data like images, GPS plots, and so forth, this...
  • Blog Post: Should Researchers Perform Biocomputation In The Cloud To Deal With A Biological Data Tsunami?

    More data is being produced, analyzed, shared, and stored than ever before. Scientific research, particularly biological sciences like genomics, is one of the more prominent examples of this, with laboratories producing teraBY a, a, part, Dan described above - use BLAST to sift through large databases...
  • Blog Post: What Is Open Government Entrepreneurship?

    Tim O'Reilly often explains Open Government, or Government 2.0, as " Government as a Platform " on which citizens and build things for each other and participate in their government (rather than treating it like a vending machine). The co-founder of Personal Democracy Forum and techPresident Andrew Rasiej...