Civic Awesome: Open Data News For The Week Of January 9, 2015
A new year means new developments for the open data movement. From three key trends coming down the pike to a granular approach to regional open data, Civic Awesome has you covered with this week’s top stories in open data.
While others are taking a look back at what 2014 meant for open data, Kevin Merritt, Socrata’s CEO, is making predictions for open data in the future, saying the trend toward “data-driven government will absolutely accelerate between 2015 and 2020.” This acceleration will translate to greater ease with which government employees can derive insights from their own data, a rising tide of international open data adoption, and the eventuality of a public with “unfettered access to government data, navigating it with fluidity…on every type of digital device.”
Following last year’s passage of open data legislation in Utah, the Beehive State launched opendata.utah.gov. The site contains data sets on crime, traffic, school ratings, as well as budget and expenditure information. The state’s Chief Technology Officer says he hopes that the data adds a lot of value and that applications are created using it.
The City of Pittsburg and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania have been awarded an 18-month, $1.8 million grant to launch and staff an open data portal, including bringing in a Code for America fellow. The jurisdictions have partnered not just with one another, but also with the University of Pittsburgh, which will build and host the portal in one of its data centers. Over time, the goal is to grow the portal to include data sets from the numerous (over 130) municipalities in the region.
The Philippine government has published 40 contracts and supporting documentation on its open data portal. This information represents the government’s initial release of data which will help the Philippines meet international standards for transparency when it comes to revenues from mining, oil, and gas industries. These industries are significant to the Philippine government, accounting for $1.2 billion annually.
The Danish government announced its partnership with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will expand and be extended through mid-2016. The open data Initiative undertaken by the Danes “involves opening up all the public information, in compliance with Open Data Index criteria.” Its licensing will be updated for use by the public and the private sector.