Check out our latest news and podcasts

In The News

April 29, 2019
For Immediate Release:
Centers for Impact Launches at Johns Hopkins

The Centers for Civic Impact, an effort to help public organizations thoughtfully and masterfully use data and research to better understand and improve public life, has launched at Johns Hopkins University. Read more.

January 3, 2019
Government Technology Magazine
International Open Data Conference Identifies Key Themes for Data Work’s ‘Second Phase’
Notes (by GovEx team member Eric Reese)

Following the recent International Open Data Conference (IDOC) in Buenos Aires, Eric Reese of the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University identified several key themes he expects to be a major part of the next phase of open data work. Read more. (scroll down)


December 10, 2018
Philadelphia Inquirer
Cities are using data to make decisions more than ever. Are they calculating risks for bias?
by Michaelle Bond

With one million properties and limited staff, New York City needs to be selective about the buildings it inspects for fire risk. So it relies heavily on data — including on past fires and building traits — to choose. Read more.


September 19, 2018
Smart Cities World
The toolkit that protects citizens against bias
By Smart Cities World news team

The Centre for Government Excellence (GovEx), DataSF, the Civic Analytics Network and Data Community DC have introduced an algorithm toolkit that aims to help municipal leaders ensure that decisions made based on algorithms are unbiased and deliver the best outcomes for residents. Read more.


September 18, 2018
Algorithm toolkit aims to help cities reduce bias from automation
By Jason Plautz

The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University released a new toolkit to help cities ensure that automated decisions based on algorithms in fields like criminal justice or higher education are free of bias. Read more.


September 18, 2018

Making Algorithms Less Biased
By Dave Nyczepir

For several years now, critics have raised questions about new risk assessments used to help judges decide whether defendants can be released from jail before trial. They have argued that the algorithms at the heart of those reviews too often end up introducing racial bias into what is supposed to be a more fair process. Read more.


May 14, 2018
State Scoop
Data training center for government opens at Johns Hopkins University
By Mark Satter

The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) launched a new training center on the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore, Maryland, onMonday that offers in-person and online data courses for government employees and those interested in data-driven governance. Read more.


May 14, 2018
Government Technology
EXCLUSIVE: GovEx at Johns Hopkins University Launches Training Center for Government Data Skills
By Zack Quaintance

The Center for Government Excellence, also known as GovEx, is launching a new training center aimed at helping public employees embrace emerging trends in government technology, including data management, analytics, community engagement and more. Read more.


January 19, 2018, Laredo, TX
“What Works Cities” Program: Where does Laredo stand?
By KGNS staff

The City of Laredo is wrapping up its first year in the Bloomberg Philanthropies “What Works Cities” program. The program is a national initiative meant to help mid-sized cities improve how they use information to improve the quality of life for its residents.


January 16, 2018
Wired Magazine
The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore’s Urban Blight
By Issie Lapowsky
Vacant buildings have their own sort of gravitational pull. When a home gets boarded up on one block, you can almost bet another will follow nearby. Often, they pull whole neighborhoods into their orbit, driving down the local housing market in ever-expanding clusters. Which at least begins to explain why Baltimore has tapped Tamás Budavári, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University, to study their patterns.


December 18, 2017
Policy Options Magazine
Open Data Standards Will Improve Public Information
By Rachel Bloom

Canadians who rely on public transit know how uncomfortable it is to wait outside for a bus on the coldest day of winter. Some Canadians are turning to transit apps that display information about bus locations in real time on their phones to avoid the cold.


Dec 8, 2017
The Hub at Johns Hopkins University
Setting standards: Hopkins center helps develop new tool for cities to navigate the open data movement
Katie Pearce

If you’re looking into recent crime activity in your neighborhood, chances are you can check out a Google map dotted with incident locations. Click further, and you can find the type of crime reported, the date and time it occurred, and other details.


November 30, 2017
New open data directory collects standards from around the world
By Zaid Shoorbajee

A partnership between two civic data groups has led to the launch of a free directory of open data standards with the goal of making it easier for governments to find specifications that suit their open data needs.


November 29, 2017
Government Technology Magazine
GovEx Launches First International Open Data Standards Directory
By Zack Quaintance

The project aspires to give city governments a resource for identifying suitable data standards based on popularity, reliability and other criteria.


November 27, 2017 (part of the USA Today Network)
New tools help reduce Knoxville’s urban blight 
By Tyler Whetstone

Tye and Andre Duvall’s home project has taken them months to work on and there’s still plenty of work to be done. When a reporter got a tour of the home on East Fifth Avenue in October there was no deck (it had rotted), the living room was roped off (some rot there too) and there was no drywall or much of any infrastructure.


November 20, 2017
GovEx, Geothink Launch Open Data Standards Directory 
By Bailey McCann

The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of McGill University’s Department of Geography, have launched a new open data standards directory.


October 27, 2017
The Baltimore Sun
Universities to study how to turn Baltimore into a “smart city”
By Sarah Gantz

Imagine that Baltimore’s street lights automatically came on when they sensed someone was near, collected data about air quality and even alerted police at the sound of a gunshot.


October 23, 2017
Long Beach Business Journal
Technology And Innovation Department Seeks Study To Improve Business Processes
By Samantha Mehlinger, Assistant Editor

Assuming the Long Beach City Council approves a recommendation from the technology and innovation department tonight (October 24), the city might get one step closer to improving its business licensing and permitting processes.


August 15, 2017
Laredo Morning Times
Fire station improvements, public park surveillance eyed as Laredo City Council delves into budget
By Julia Wallace

Laredo City Council began parsing through its fiscal year 2017-18 budget on Monday, wrapping up day one of a three-day workshop with a focus on data governance, the city’s debt and a capital improvement program.


March 20, 2017
Government Technology Magazine
Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2017
Beth Blauer

by Tod Newcome

It seemed like the start of a promising, somewhat modest career as a lawyer working at the World Trade Center in New York City. But on Sept. 11, 2001, Beth Blauer’s life changed dramatically. Following the tragedy and without a job, she returned to her home in Maryland where she ended up working for the state in juvenile probation services.


Recent Press Releases

Latest Podcasts

Listen to Data Points, the premiere podcast on all things government and data.

Contact Us

Phone: 410-516-4152