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Open Data Institute in North Carolina

Morrisville, NC – The Open Data Institute (ODI) now has a node in North Carolina – The North Carolina Open Data Institute (ODINC). The ODINC will create a Platform as a Service for open innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship and an associated regional ecosystem. The ODINC will partner with public and private sector organizations to accomplish its executive plan.

What is the ODI?

The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

What is a Node of the ODI?

We [the ODI] have collaborated with dozens of people around the world, in an open process, to co-design a global network of ODI ‘Nodes’.

We have borrowed from the design principles of the web itself to bring people and organisations together, and will use open data both to collaborate with each other, and as the primary output of the network.

Each ODI Node has agreed to adopt the ODI Charter, which is a open source codification of the ODI itself, and embodies principles of open data business, publishing, communication, and collaboration.


ODINC is a Regional Node that will deliver projects, and can provide training, research, and development. ODINC is available to support regional governments in developing Open Data platforms and the necessary workforce development to support this new economy.

ODINC will be offering the full suite of ODI certification classes so that people do not have to travel to London for these important Open Data certifications:

  • Open Data in a Day
  • Open Data in Practice
  • Open Data for Marketers
  • Introduction to Open Data for Journalists
  • Open Data, Law and Licensing
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TransLōc Releases New App

Raleigh, NC – TransLōc has released a rider-centric iOS app appropriately called Rider. Rider combines all bus agency routes into one screen that shows you the location of the closest bus stop and when the buses will arrive. The user can set alerts so that they will be notified when the bus is arriving at the stop. No more hanging out at the bus stop to make sure that you don’t miss the next bus, you can sit and enjoy your coffee

What is TransLōc?

TransLōc’s mission is to revolutionize transit for riders.

TransLōc was founded in 2004 to empower mass transit agencies and riders with the best possible location technology. We combine innovative hardware with easy-to-use products to answer the questions that matter most: Where’s my bus? And when will it arrive at my stop?

Why Release Rider?

TransLoc Rider App showing closest stop and bus arrival times

TransLōc Rider App showing closest stop and bus arrival times.

The new app gives a much better experience for the rider. With improvements in mobile technology TransLōc is able to build on these new platforms to provide an app that is 100% focused on the user.

TransLōc reports that the original app will be discontinued at some point in the future when the users have mostly migrated to the new app.

Rider is only available for the iOS platform at present, and TransLōc is working on releasing an Android version soon.

TransLōc Coverage in NC

The following Transit Systems in NC use TransLōc:

  • Capital Area Transit – Raleigh, NC
  • Cary Transit
  • Chapel Hill Transit
  • Duke University
  • Durham Area Transit
  • North Carolina State University
  • Triangle Transit – Research Triangle, NC

What Do You Think?

What do you think of the new app? (iOS users only right now…) With the increase in helpful information from this App would you be more likely to ride transit?

Previous Articles on TransLōc

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RTP180° for 2014

Research Triangle, NC – Erin Monday, the Communications Director for the Research Triangle Park Foundation, has put together another great line-up for the regionally acclaimed RTP 180° series. In 2014, RTP 180° will have a regularly scheduled date of the 3rd Thursday of the month, so you can mark your calendar now so you won’t miss any of these great high energy networking events.

RTP 180° Schedule for 2014

  • Jan 16: The Future
  • Feb 20: Searching for Cures
  • March 20: Biotechnology
  • April 17: Entrepreneurship: Facing Failure
  • May 15: Social Media
  • June 19: It’s Pharmaceutical Time
  • July 17: Art in the Triangle
  • Aug 21: Big Data
  • Sept 18: Health 2.0
  • Oct 16: Haunted NC II
  • Nov 20: Culture of Carolina
  • Dec 18: A Generosity of Spirit

An added bonus: Registration is open for the Jan 16th RTP 180°

Previous Tech Tank Articles on RTP 180°

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Tech Tank Top 10 for 2013

Cary, NC – 2013 was a good year for Technology activity in NC and the Triangle. The pages and regular features from Technology Tank that you found most helpful were our Tech Calendar, the listing of Tech Meetup Groups and the monthly lists of Upcoming Tech Events.

The articles of greatest interest were about activities of local ‘civic hacking’ groups, like CityCamp, Code for America, and NC Datapalooza.

Tech Tank Top 10 Articles

Here are the Top 10 Tech Tank articles based on your views:

  1. Pulse Point for the Triangle – PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and brings the promise of higher survival rates from heart emergencies. The Triangle EMS dispatches only need to be hooked in and we will begin to be able to take advantage of this great service. A look at team activity from the 2013 CityCamp NC.
  2. Google Designates Cary as North Carolina’s 2013 eCity – The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state.
  3. Triangle Ranks High in Tech Start-up Density – A Kauffman study has both Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill in the top 25 Metros for High-Technology Business Formation and Job Creation in the United States.
  4. DevFestNC 2013 – Nov 2nd – The inaugural event of the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle.
  5. RGreenway Expands to Include Cary – RGreenway was the winning application developed by a group of civic hackers at the 2012 CityCamp Raleigh. The team has continued to expand the coverage of the RGreenway app by incorporating greenway data from municipalities adjacent to Raleigh.
  6. Code for America Helps Raleigh – An article about the cooperation of all Triangle Code for America Brigades to assist Raleigh with their Open Data Portal update.
  7. A Look Inside: Code for America Cary – Review of the happenings in a typical Code for America Brigade meeting.
  8. Imagine Cary Preview – Cary started their multi-year forward planning effort and we look at some interesting demographic changes over the years.
  9. NC DataJam Coming April 22 – NC DataJam and NC Datapalooza were the first regional Open Data competition to be held outside the White House.
  10. Talking Open Data – In preparation for Cary Open Data Day, we have a discussion with Jason Hare, the Raleigh Open Data Manager.

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The Venue is Announced

We have selected a venue for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) 2014!

On both Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014, we will be meeting at the Engineering Building II on the NCSU Centennial Campus. Access to power plugs and WiFi were a major reason to select this venue. Directions and detailed maps will be posted as we get closer to the event. I am sure that our thanks to Dan Green at NCSU will continue beyond our event.

The Institute for Advanced Analytics at NCSU has shown an early interest and we may have up to 80 of their graduate students participating, so it is time to plan your game. What in Open Data can you see as an opportunity?

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in the new year!

Same Venue for Sat and Sun

Raleigh, NC – Story by Ian Henshaw

We had originally planned to have the Triangle Open Data Day event in 2 different places but we have decided to simplify things and use just 1 venue. We will have lots of power outlets and WiFi. (If you watched the YouTube clip from RTP180 you would know this):

Book your calendars now for TODD! Saturday, February 22 through Sunday, February 23, 2014.

The Venue is Chosen

Raleigh, NC – Story by Ian Henshaw

The venue has been chosen and all details will be coming soon. Book your calendar for Feb 22-23, 2014 and stay tuned!

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Wake County Award Winning Website

Raleigh, NC – On Sept. 26, 2013, Wake County won a prestigious Pinnacle Award for best local government website at the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) 2013 Conference.  (Press Release). NAGW is the leading organization for local government web professionals.

The award was recognized at Monday’s Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting. The Pinnacle Award was for ‘best local government website’ in the large population category. Kudos to Wake County! Details

The following details about the site are from the December 2, 2013 Meeting Agenda of the Wake County Board of Commissioners:

  • The current version of was launched in October 2012 and was completed in nine months, using existing staff in Information Services and content contributors from all departments.
  • No external vendors or resources were used.
  • The website receives more than 9.4 million site visits and 126.7 million page views annually and Information Services is proud of its very low downtime rate.
  • The website quickly connects users to the content and online services they need, from mobile devices and traditional computers.
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Coworking Model for Suburban Areas

Cary, NC – At Technology Tank, we are always looking at Technology trends in order to develop good Technology policy and implementation strategies for our clients. Coworking is a rapidly developing social trend occurring with Technology adoption but most of this activity is in urban walkable areas. In the Triangle, you may have heard of the American Underground and Bull City Coworking in Durham or HQ Raleigh, all of which have very successful coworking facilities located in walkable urban areas.

A few of us in Cary have been looking at a coworking model that will work in residential suburban areas but we have not been successful in finding partners for such a venture. So this time we have dipped our toe into the implementation waters and we are opening Oakhaven Co-Working to develop and prove this model of coworking.

What is coworking?

The Coworking Wiki defines coworking as follows:

The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking spaces are about community-building and sustainability. Participants agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders, as well as interact and share with one another. We are about creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work.

Oakhaven Co-Working Defined

We have initially developed space at Oakhaven Research. The space is located within a large residential area offering 24/7 access with electronic keys and the space is protected by security cameras. We have installed 2 very large white boards to enhance the collaboration of the members. Technology Tank looks forward to helping to build a strong community of entrepreneurs in suburban Cary. In fact, the Code for America – Cary Brigade, or Code for Cary, has started meeting in our Oakhaven Co-Working space.

When is space available?

The space is ready to go and entrepreneurs and potential coworkers who have questions can contact Ian Henshaw directly. There is an opening social on Friday, December 13th and we ask that those who are interested please register so we can assure sufficient refreshments. We look forward to your feedback.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon

Discount for Tech Tank Readers

Cary, NC – Technology Tank is offering a discount promotional code to our followers for our luncheon on this Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Use the promotion code “TechTank” for a nice discount off the normal price of this luncheon.

What is the Luncheon?

The luncheon is to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. We’ve lined up Mital Patel for some Q&A during lunchtime. Mital is a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects and we will find out the 4 Things every Triangle entrepreneur needs to know. You don’t want to miss this important entrepreneurship event in the Triangle. Tickets are limited so register now.

Luncheon Details

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)
Cary, NC | Embassy Suites, Cary:
Discount Code “TechTank”

There are more details on the registration site.

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