Case Study: Tracking Health in San Luis Obispo County

Learn how the San Luis Obispo County Health Department is using LiveStories to help their community. 

West Marin Health Center Streams Data Live

Learn how the West Marin Health and Human Services Center created a story that automatically updates each day with new data from Google Forms—without anyone even opening a spreadsheet program.

Introducing: Five Facts

LiveStories is excited to introduce a new series of stories called Five Facts. These articles take a close look at the data behind some of the most important issues facing Americans today.

How to Make Your Data Stand out on Social Media

Posting statistics, charts, or infographics on social media is a lot trickier than posting cat videos. Here are six tips to help your data get the attention it deserves.

Five Ways to Fail at Data Visualization

Unfortunately, some data visualizations just don’t work. Here are five examples of classic data visualization fails.

How Governments Can Put Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to Work

In this final excerpt from our e-book—Happy Citizens: Measuring Performance in the Public Sector—we explore how governments can use Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to target and contextualize their initiatives and programs. 

How Citizen Happiness is Built on Respect—and Jobs

We examine the top two tiers of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Esteem, and Self-Actualization.

Open Data Files: The Main Formats

Open data can be uploaded in a variety of formats. This post discusses the main ones.

Two Keys to Citizen Happiness: Managing Risk and Experiencing Love

Feeling safe, and feeling loved, are the second and third most fundamental requirements for happiness, according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. 

Our Ten Favorite Sources for Open Data

At LiveStories, we celebrate open data every day. Here are our top ten sources for open data.

Government and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Can Money Buy Citizen Happiness?

Physiological needs relate to the necessity of food, water, and shelter for survival. In a modern society, this concept translates to money.

What is Open Data?

Open data is free to the public, easily accessible, and usable as an input for programs and other functions. 

For Governments, Happy Citizens are a Performance Metric

In many ways, government policies are responsible for the happiness of the public. How, then, can happiness function as a metric for success?

Preparing for an IoT Future

The government has a vital role to play in the "Internet of Things" (IoT)—both in wielding these technologies for the public good and in regulating them against malfeasance.

10 Excel Tricks Everyone Should Know

We gathered 10 useful Excel tricks that we think you should know. See how you can work smarter in Excel. 

Webinar: How to Engage Local Communities with Data

Join LiveStories in our upcoming webinar discussion to help ensure your data will be used to achieve social impact.

[E-book] How to Measure Performance When Happiness is Your Metric

In many ways, government policies are responsible for the happiness of the public. How, then, can happiness functions as a metric for success. 

This e-book provides a framework that can help you link your performance metrics and your policies to the happiness of the constituents you serve. 

Bring Open Data to Life, by Putting it in Good Hands

To really capture the meaning and potential of data, you need people to bring it to life —in the form of local collaborations, news stories, and apps that provide the audiences you’re trying to reach with easy access to information and services.

Open Data 2.0: Transparency with Focus

If publishing data is Open Data 1.0, the next iteration will involve putting these data to good use. Open Data 2.0 should inform policymaking budgetary decisions, raise awareness of issues, and ultimately, empower communities.

President Trump and the Data Behind "American Carnage"

At his inauguration, President Trump detailed a list of social maladies facing Americans, including child poverty, a crippled manufacturing industry, poor education, crime, and drugs. We look at the data.