Data

The Data Briefing: Create an App for Employees with Disabilities

Oct 28, 2015 |

Have you worked with an employee with a disability? Are you an employee with a disability? Then, you know the unique challenges of the average workplace that able-bodied colleagues may never experience. Workplace challenges could be overcome with accommodations such as larger computer monitor displays, wheelchair-accessible office furniture or a voice reader. In some cases, Read »

Gov Analytics Breakdown #2: Mobile Is Bigger than Ever

Oct 21, 2015 |

A review of the Digital Analytics Program (DAP) data confirms what many are already saying: Content is being viewed on mobile devices more than ever before, and the percentage of sessions via mobile devices is growing. Three things are evident when looking at the breakdown of sessions on federal government websites across device types over the Read »

Gov Analytics Breakdown #1 – Browsers: Chrome Takes the Cake

Oct 15, 2015 |

If you were visiting a federal government website two years ago, the best odds were that you’d have been using Internet Explorer as your Internet browser. But today, that’s no longer the case. Within just the last year, Chrome has taken over the top spot as the browser most used to view federal websites, according to Read »

The Data Briefing: White House Asks Data Scientists and App Developers to Help Suicide Prevention Efforts

Oct 7, 2015 |

The White House issued a call on September 30, 2015, for data scientists and app developers to help with a vital public health issue: suicide prevention. From the official announcement: “If you are a data scientist, analyst, tech innovator, or entrepreneur interested in sharing ideas and resources for suicide prevention, we want to hear from Read »

The Data Briefing: Surrounded by Fields of Federal Data—U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s PatentsView

Sep 23, 2015 |

Hello, everyone. My summer sabbatical was short but educational, and I am glad to be back in the federal government. I am also excited to again take up the weekly API article that is now expanded to include all things federal government data. Much has happened in the open data realm, and there is much Read »

Under the Hood: Building a New College Scorecard with Students

Sep 18, 2015 |

Summary: How the U.S. Digital Service worked with students, families, schools, developers and teams across the federal government to rebuild the new College Scorecard tool. My niece is a smart kid. I’m biased, but I swear she is. And just as I started working on the College Scorecard project as the U.S. Digital Service’s new Read »

How the CIO Council Made Our Open Data Prioritization Tool Kit More Open

Sep 4, 2015 |

The Open Data Prioritization Toolkit is categorized into phases of understanding, evaluating, and opening datasets. Read »

A Six Month Update on How We’ve Been Using Data, and How it Benefits All Americans

Aug 20, 2015 |

Memorandum: A Six Month Update on How We’ve Been Using Data, and How it Benefits All Americans To: The American People From: Dr. DJ Patil, U.S. Chief Data Scientist Date: August 19, 2015 In my last memorandum, I discussed the opportunity to unleash the power of data to benefit Read »

Free the Data: FEMA’s New Data Visualization Tool

Jul 24, 2015 |

FEMA collects data from disasters. We look at various hazards over time, and a question we get a lot when we’re trying to talk about what can happen is what has happened previously? Providing Read »

Analytics Prove People Care About Space (and Pluto!)

Jul 14, 2015 |

Despite the fact that Pluto has been downgraded to a “dwarf planet”, the analytics of federal government websites prove there are still a lot of people who want to get an up-close look. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a project over nine years in the making, flew by Pluto this morning at approximately 7:49 a.m. The Read »

Safety and Transparency Through Data

Jul 1, 2015 |

You have the right to a safe workplace—and so do the employees at your favorite café, the local hospital and the construction company renovating homes in your neighborhood. But how can you tell if the businesses you patronize Read »

CitySDK: Helping Civic Hackers Deliver Local Solutions

Jun 22, 2015 |

Civic hackers are a special breed—their primary motivation is closely tied to the social issues closest to their hearts. Most attend hack-a-thons, engage in civic meetups, and show up at city hearings to champion their cause and push solutions at the societal, technology, and policy levels. On the technological front, creating civic city-based solutions has Read »

Visualizing BLS Data to Improve Understanding

Jun 5, 2015 |

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the value of a striking, cool chart or map of some BLS data? At the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we’re always thinking of better ways to help our users understand the information we produce. The global economy is complex, and the statistics to explain Read »

The National Day of Civic Hacking 2015: Harnessing the Power of the People

May 27, 2015 |

The National Day of Civic Hacking was born when some of the nation’s leaders in civic engagement decided to rally around a common goal on one weekend. -Nicholas Skytland, NASA The National Day of Civic Hacking is a national community engagement event that will Read »

The API Briefing: Top Five Findings for API Developers from Pew Research Center

Apr 29, 2015 |

The Pew Research Center just released a report on how Americans view open government data. The following findings were based on a November to December 2014 survey of 3,212 adults. Two-thirds of Americans use the Internet or an app to connect with the government. According to Pew, 37% use the Internet to connect with the Read »

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