Across the Country, Open Data Creates Transparency and Opportunity

March 24, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup
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In this week’s open data news, the U.S. Open Data Census reveals where states rank with their open data programs; Jackson, Mississippi, announces their upcoming open data portal launch; and the “Hack the Last Mile” hackathon makes headlines. Socrata also makes news with their recent growth and addition of new execs. Read about all this and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

Open Data Census Provides a To-Do List for States

“The U.S. States Open Data Census took a new approach when rating open data across all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Instead of a closed assessment process, states watched their scores emerge and made improvements to improve their results. U.S. Open Data launched the census early last year and completed it in February 2016. Waldo Jaquith, the organization’s executive director, announced the final results via a tweet.” Get the full download.

City to Release Data-Driven Website April 1, Many More Documents Online

“The City of Jackson, MI is planning to open the doors to its data vaults, promising a new and deep information-driven vehicle for citizens to explore the municipal records and resources that currently can take weeks, or even months, to receive, if at all. This vehicle is a website funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ project What Works Cities, a national movement to ‘help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents.’” Get the full download.

Civic Hackers Code to Solve Mobility Problems in Affordable Housing

“There’s a lot more to making affordable housing more affordable than low rent. The Hack the Last Mile hackathon challenged its participants to come up with tech-focused solutions to make it easy for low-income people to use public transit, according to a blog post published by the U.S. Department of Transportation.” Get the full download.

Tech Moves: Socrata Adds Execs

“Socrata, the Seattle-based digital governance startup, has added Jackie Golden as its Senior VP of Customer Success, Bill Cull as its Senior VP of Sales, Robin Jones as its VP of Strategic Growth, and Bill Lawler as its Senior VP of Learning & Development.” Get the full download.

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