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Oklahoma opens its data, Gainsville goes walkable and Asian megacities rise.

The Chinese city of Guangzhou. Flickr user bfishadow

On February 9, Oklahoma launched an open data site, containing information from the state’s finance office using the portal and powered by Socrata. Gov2.0radio

In a conversation with Martin LaMonica CNET, IBM’s Deborah Magid explains some of the projects the tech giant is hoping to develop to move towards an “Internet of things,” or “pervasive computing” — with specifics about the company’s hopes for smart grids and effectively monitored infrastructure. Cnet news

The Charlotte Observer‘s Mary Newsom offers her thoughts on the recent New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, calling first for the scrapping of the term “smart growth.” “It insults people, which doesn’t help anyone make needed political and business changes.” The Naked City

Last night the 17th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards were presented to architects and others who have done work to strengthen communities. Winners included John Ronan Architects, Booth Hansen, and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Chicago Tribune

Gainsville-based planner Anthony Lyons and David Green, an urban designer from Perkins+Will, talk about making a city more walkable — specifically, by making blocks shorter and therefore making walks more interesting — or at least seem more interesting. Fast Company

MSNBC tracks the rise of the Asian megacity. MSNBC

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