Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for March 7, 2014

March 7, 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.

An Open Data Community that Grows Together, Stays Together

The World Bank brought together more than 350 civic developers, data activists, and development specialists for International Open Data Day. Projects included Philippines Road Safety & Transit Data Hack, Mapping Human Conflict & Development Interventions, and DC Education, among many others. 

Open Data Front and Center in Chicago

Chicago released its first open data report this week. Highlights include the news that datasets have almost doubled since 2011, data portal visitors are increasing at a rapid rate, and a 65 percent reduction in the amount of FOIA requests. 

Edmonton to Make Budget Part of Open Data

On Tuesday, city councillors in Edmonton approved a plan to add data on the city’s operating budget to the city’s open data portal. While this information was always available in a long report format, adding it to the open data portal allows citizens to reformat and manipulate the data using the portal’s data visualization tools. 

5 Government Processes Replaced by Open Data

Reduced FOIA requests and efficient budget reporting are just two of the benefits many governments reap from joining the open data movement. In this week’s feature article, Bridget Quigg examines the government processes that have been made much easier with the use of open data.