Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014 5:00 am PST | Data as a Service, Effective Governing

The impact of open data continues to grow. From new legislation to helpful civic apps, we’re excited to see the community around open data getting stronger every day.

To help you keep up with all of the good news, we’ll collect the top open data stories from around the Web on this blog each week. Make sure to watch this space for updates and share what you find with the people in your network.

Governor Malloy to Create Open Data Portal

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy this week signed an executive order calling for the collection of massive amounts of raw data. “Sharing data collected by state government will help to break down silos within government, make data more easily available for analysis by researchers and entrepreneurs, and in turn help spur economic growth and creative new policy,” Malloy said in the release. “This data belongs to the people of Connecticut, and this initiative will help make that data more easily and conveniently accessible to them.”

Jackson, Michigan Considers Open Data Policy

More than 30 business leaders and city officials met this week to consider an open data policy for Jackson, MI. If enacted, it would be the first policy of its kind in the entire state. The City Council are the decision-makers for this potential policy. Students and business leaders alike are enthusiastic about putting raw data in the hands of civic developers to improve citizen services and innovate new ideas. 

ODI Signs Up Five New International Partners

The Open Data Institute partnered with five new organizations to serve as its international “nodes.” For the first time, the ODI has expanded to Asia. The new nodes are located in Osaka, Seoul, Sheffield, Philadelphia and Hawaii.“We look forward to working alongside these new Nodes to explore how open data can drive innovation, boost transparency and bring about social, economic, and environmental benefits to their communities,” Richard Stirling, international director at the ODI, tells TechWeek.

Open Data Day 2014

Open Data Day 2014 is this Saturday, February 22nd. Read our full list of events we are participating in and find out which Socrata team members you can connect with this weekend.

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