Bi-Coastal Open Data Action

April 19, 2016 8:00 am PST | Data News Roundup

This week, open data makes headlines from coast to coast. In Washington, D.C., legislators have introduced a bill to make as much government data as possible free to the public, and the Department of Transportation plans to use open data to provide higher quality transportation services. On the West Coast, California is looking for a chief data officer. Read about all this and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

Congress Wants to Turn Obama’s Open Data Actions into Law

“A new bill introduced Thursday would give a legislative basis to a number of open data initiatives already underway in the federal government under executive order. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, introduced by Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, would build upon a number open data policies from the Obama administration that push federal agencies to make as much data as possible free for the public to use.” Get the full download.

California Seeking Chief Data Officer

“There’s a job opening in California state government that is long overdue and exciting for those who believe that technology has the power to transform government. Governor Jerry Brown’s administration created the position of Chief Data Officer and is looking for candidates for the job which will promote the availability and use of data in state government. ‘The search for a Chief Data Officer is an exciting development for California’s open data and civic engagement efforts,’ said Lenny Mendonca, co-chair of California Forward. ‘This can help increase citizen participation, collaboration, and transparency in government.’” Get the full download.

Using Open Data to Close Mobility Gaps

“Can the open data movement help create better access to high-quality transportation services not just for the urban elite but also for the underserved? That’s what the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is hoping will happen thanks to a new public transit data gathering initiative. In March, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the agency is seeking to create a national transit map using transit route data from operators across the country.” Get the full download.

Government Spending Transparency Improves

“Government spending transparency has improved but some states are still lagging behind, according to a report from the US Public Interest Research Group. A new report looks at transparency efforts throughout all fifty states and assigns a grade. The leading states with the most comprehensive transparency websites are Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon, and Connecticut.” Get the full download.

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