Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014 5:00 am PST | Effective Governing, Open Data

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.

Open Government Data Gains Global Momentum

Governments across the globe are deepening their strategic commitments and working more closely to make government data openly available for public use, according to public and private sector leaders who met this week at the inaugural Open Government Data Forum in Abu Dhabi, hosted by the United Nations and the United Arab Emirates, April 28-29.”

Top 4 Ways to Make Use of Open Data

The United Kingdom examines ways to maximize open data, while focusing on protecting the privacy of individuals. How? Read on for four tips on making use of open data and respecting the privacy of citizens.

#HackJak: Jakarta’s First Hackathon

Hackathons are sweeping the globe. Jakarta hosted Indonesia’s first government-sponsored hackathon, #HackJak. This event focused on public transportation and Jakarta’s 2014 budget. “To encourage the concept of open data — meaning that data should be available for all citizens to view and use — we’re inviting developers to create a software application from data we’ll provide at the hackathon,” a Jakarta administration official told the Jakarta Globe earlier this month.

White House Challenges Detroit to Boost Open Data

Detroit filed for bankruptcy in 2013. With no plans for federal bailout, the White House gathered personnel to help the city brainstorm ideas to spark innovation and spur the economy. One of the directives was a move toward open data. Read on to learn how open data might help save this city.


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