Big Names Advocate for the Open Government Data Act

May 12, 2016 8:41 am PST | Data News Roundup

The tech industry is calling on the House and Senate to advance the Open Government Data Act, Chattanooga Police will share crime and policing data publicly as part of the White House’s Police Data Initiative, and New York City makes their budget searchable. Get the full scoop in this week’s Open Data Download:

Tech Firms, Advocates Call for Action on New Open Data Bill

Almost 50 companies and organizations  — including Amazon Web Service, Center for Data Innovation, Socrata, and the Sunlight Foundation — are calling upon the House and Senate to advance the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act. The bill has bipartisan support, and would ensure that government data is open to the public by default.  Read more from FedScoop.

NYC Creates Searchable Database for Budget

New York City has made available data on its $82 billion via, and it also set up a searchable database to look at key words and figures.  Read more from JPUpdates.

Open Data Makes Waves in Canada

“‘Open data’ is already shaping Canadians’ lives, and open data advocates — including academics, businesspeople and policymakers — say opening up government databases for members of the public to analyze is leading to positive social outcomes for Canadians.”  Read more from CBC news. 

Your Workout Data Might Be Helping Cities Build Safer Streets

Cities, companies, and transportation planners are working to harness the information that pedestrians and cyclists share on social media and through apps to improve the safety of sidewalks, intersections, and bike paths.  Read more from NPR. 

Chattanooga Police to Release Crime and Policing Data

Chattanooga, a participant in the White House Police Data Initiative, is already sharing data on police incident reports, traffic citations, and 911 calls on its open data portal. Now, the police department plans to expand the number of publicly shared crime-related datasets.  Read more from the Times Free Press.  

Legislative Transparency May Make California’s November Ballot

In November, California residents may have the opportunity to vote on the California Legislative Transparency Act, which has bipartisan support. Under the Act, all bills would be posted online 72 hours prior to voting. As well, the Act calls for legislative meetings to be recorded, with the video shared quickly online.  Read more from CA Fwd. 

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