(Just Over) One Year Later: Philly's Open Data Policy

Just over a year ago, Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania signed an executive order creating an open data policy for the city. That order called for Philly to take some big steps: from expanding the amount of public information it makes available in open formats to hiring a Chief Data Officer to help city agencies open up their data. But how do these policy provisions play out in real life? The story of...

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Featured Content: Getting Started

Ahead of our first official office hours, here is an overview of what I would like to discuss: What is Featured Content? Obenland discussed the high-level concept here: https://gist.github.com/obenland/3010432c8edcfcbf95a9 To me, Featured Content is a flexible way to show one or many posts in one or many places in your theme. A blog might have 1 featured post area that will support 1-4 posts, as an example. A more complex site using WP...

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The Solar Industry's New Dirty Secret

It's no secret that manufacturing solar panels often requires toxic heavy metals, explosive gases, and rare earth elements that come from shoddy mines in war-torn republics. But here's a surprise: the solar industry is actually getting dirtier in some respects. The latest "Solar Scorecard" from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC), released last week, reports that the industry has slipped on several key environmental metrics,...