Top Stories: September 5-9, 2011

Hacking a Texas city, RIP Michael S. Hart, and the bar is raised for open gov visualizations.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

The new guy wants to hack the city’s data
Instead of quietly settling in like most new residents, Tyler, Texas, transplant Christopher Groskopf is on a mission to find and unlock his new city’s datasets.

RIP Michael S. Hart
Michael Hart was the founder of Project Gutenberg, an incredible visionary for online books, and someone who played an important role in Nat Torkington’s life.

Look at Cook sets a high bar for open government data visualizations
One of the best recent efforts at visualizing open government data can be found at, which tracks government budgets and expenditures from 1993-2011 in Cook County, Illinois.

Master a new skill? Here’s your badge
The Mozilla Foundation’s Erin Knight talks about how the badges and open framework of the Open Badge Project could change what “counts” as learning.

The boffins and the luvvies
Whether we’re discussing ancients versus moderns, scientists versus poets, or the latest variant — computer science versus humanities, the debate between science and art is persistent and quite old.

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