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June 2010 Entries

New York City Gets Data Happy

This past Monday, June 21st, The New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government held a hearing on its proposed legislation, known as Introduction 029-2010, that would require all City agencies to publish their data online, in “raw” form. The data would be available to private citizens who wished to analyze it, hobbyist developers who wished to work with it, and commercial entities looking to utilize it internally or create products that use and add value to it. Such initiatives have ......

Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Technology’s Hearing on Introduction 029-2010

June 21st, 2010 The Importance of Open Government Data To all those present, good afternoon. My name is Andrew Brust. I help run a consulting firm, twentysix New York, here in Manhattan. I am also a technology columnist and blogger, and serve on the New York Technology Council’s Advisory Board. As I have explained in previous testimony, I am a lifelong New Yorker, and began my IT career in the employ of the government of the City of New York. I’ve testified to this Committee before, voicing my support ......

Tech Influencers Take to Capitol Hill

Three days ago I participated in a special outreach campaign. Specifically, I was part of an effort to mentor various members of the U.S, Congress (in both the House and Senate) in issues concerning technology companies. I took part in a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill, organized by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), an organization with which I have been associated for more than 10 years and on whose board I now sit. I met with many elected officials' staff, but also had certain ......

Tech Ed/BI Conference 2010: A Recovering Industry in a Recovering City

I tried writing a post for this blog last night, while at the this year’s Microsoft Tech Ed and Business Intelligence conferences, in New Orleans. But I literally fell asleep while writing it. That’s probably a sign that my readers might have done the same while reading it. Why the writer’s block? This was a very good show for me, but I think I was having trouble figuring out exactly why. Now that I’m on the flight home, I’m starting to piece it together. One reason, for sure, was that I’ve spent ......

WWDC and Tech Ed: A Tale of Two DevCons

Next week marks the first full week of June. Summer will feel in full swing and it will be a pretty big season for technology. In seeming acknowledgement of that very fact, both Apple and Microsoft will be holding large developers conferences starting Monday. Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in lovely San Francisco and Microsoft will hold its Tech Ed conference in muggy, oil-laden yet soulful New Orleans. A brief survey of each show reveals much about the differences ......