In the past companies would perform life cycle assessments (LCAs) to measure the environmental impact of their products, processes, and services. By using new tools and data sets, companies are now able to perform LCAs much more efficiently so that they can use this information to inform product development.
G8 charter puts open data on international agenda
Last month’s international G8 summit produced a declaration with new guidelines for a broad range of policy issues. Included in this declaration was a pioneering set of recommendations for open data initiatives, known as the Open Data Charter. Here's what you need to know.
Cicada Tracker and the Future of Citizen Sensing
The massive cicada bloom that spread across the eastern seaboard this spring is winding down, but its end heralds another gradually emerging entity: citizen sensing. The Cicada Tracker—a community data-gathering initiative for documenting the noisy insects’ emergence from their burrows—was a rousing success, and it should encourage data innovators across the country to think about what a few motivated citizens and some commodity hardware can do for their communities.