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Forget Crypto. Master the New Currency.

by Alannah Dragonetti on October 12, 2018

A new coffee shop opened in Providence, Rhode Island and it’s generating more than a caffeine buzz. Located by Brown University, Shiru Cafe, serves students and faculty lattes, cappucinos and all of the typical coffee shop menu items, but the jury is out on the pricing. Some will tell you Shiru’s menu is fairly priced, others say it is more ... READ MORE+

Golden State Killer Arrest: An Answer Raises New Questions about Big Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on May 04, 2018

A government software manufacturer dedicated to furthering the responsible application of today’s wealth of information, GovPilot has published blog posts exploring both the light and dark sides of Big Data. A new development in the Golden State Killer case raises questions about the area in between.   READ MORE+

Corrupted: The Dark Side of Big Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 13, 2018

On April 10th, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared before a joint hearing of the United States Senate judiciary and commerce committees in Washington DC., to clarify how the social networking giant aggregates and applies information on its 2.2 billion users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy. No, Zuckerberg maintained, Facebook ... READ MORE+

3 Industries Benefiting from Big Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 16, 2018

Sometimes it’s fun to take a step back and observe contemporary culture with a critical eye—like a historian analyzing the mores, rituals and norms of a long gone society. Many who’ve taken an objective look at the present have declared that we are living in the Age of Big Data. As Microsoft Chief Executive, Satya Nadella, points-out, “90 percent ... READ MORE+

Survey Says, GovPilot Responds Part 3: Digitize Forms, Open Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on November 03, 2017

The input of subject matter experts provides GovPilot with a sense of direction on our continuing quest for improvement. In September, we questioned hundreds of city and county managers across the United States on their pain points, practices and processes. We chose to survey this demographic because, as the job title implies, city and county ... READ MORE+

Picture This: A Look at the Evolution of Data Visualization

by Alannah Dragonetti on October 13, 2017

The prevailing educational theory is that there are seven learning styles: Aural- Responds best to sound and music Logical- Retains information conveyed through mathematical equations Physical-Prefers hands-on learning Social-Learns best in a group setting Solitary- Relies on self-teaching Verbal- Remembers through mnemonic devices/the written ... READ MORE+

GovPilot’s FOIA Process: A True Masterpiece

by Alannah Dragonetti on August 25, 2017

The art world is beginning to embrace something that government has known all along—sharing data with the public pays off.    Grab a beret and strike a thoughtful pose! This blog post analyzes the impact of a bona fide masterpiece. READ MORE+

Move Over, Amazon!: The Rise of the Municipal Online Marketplace

by Alannah Dragonetti on January 06, 2017

Last week, we suggested 3 new year’s resolutions for municipal and county governments and explained how the GovPilot management platform and GovAlert mobile app can help you stick to each. After all, new year’s resolutions are easier to maintain when shared with others.   This week, GovPilot would like to announce one of our goals for 2017: ... READ MORE+

Illumination: How GovPilot Upholds United States Freedom of Information Laws

by Alannah Dragonetti on December 16, 2016

In Colorado, it is the CORA (Colorado Open Records Act). In GovPilot’s home state of New Jersey, it’s called the OPRA (Open Public Records  Act). Whatever lawmakers choose to call it, each U.S. state has its own form of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) legislation that protects the American public’s right to access government records.   Open data ... READ MORE+

How Cities Are Leveraging Data To Reduce Property Vacancy

by Jessie Kwak on February 10, 2016

In Baltimore, a group of 27 city-owned properties on the west side of downtown, known as the Superblock have stood vacant for years in the midst of litigation and delay. The properties occupy a prime location close to downtown, the University of Maryland (Baltimore) and the city’s arts district – yet problems with developers have left the nearly ... READ MORE+