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ProPublica Partners with Yelp to Bring Big Data to Bear on Healthcare

ProPublica Partners with Yelp to Bring Big Data to Bear on Healthcare
Yelp may be best known for its restaurant and nightclub reviews, but the site’s seeds were actually planted when CEO Jeremy Stoppelman had trouble finding recommendations for a local doctor. Health providers now account for a rapidly growing six percent of Yelp’s reviewed businesses. Thanks to a new partnership with ProPublica, the site’s star ratings system is being supplemented with objective healthcare data.
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Sunlight's Review of Federal Open Data Catalogs (Spoiler: It Isn't Great)

Sunlight's Review of Federal Open Data Catalogs (Spoiler: It Isn't Great)
The very premise of the Sunlight Foundation is oversight over the federal government's sometimes shoddy attempts at converting the bureaucracy into ones and zeros – and allowing We The People access. How's it coming along?
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Houston, We Have Your Access: City Joins Top Five with Open Data Policy

Houston, We Have Your Access: City Joins Top Five with Open Data Policy
Houston has joined New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago in having an open data policy, making a clean sweep for the top five largest US cities.
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Your Submission Is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few

Your Submission Is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has recently enlisted the help of an outside agency, the General Services Administration and its elite squad of civic techies called 18F, to overhaul its website and push the boundaries of open disclosure to new heights.
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House GOP Pushing for Exemption, Corporate Gift for Data Transparency Haters

House GOP Pushing for Exemption, Corporate Gift for Data Transparency Haters
The House GOP is pushing for an exemption that would allow big corporations to forgo publishing financial information – a huge setback for advocates of open data and transparency.
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