Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for April 24, 2014

April 25, 2014 9:41 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.

This week, we offer Civic Awesome: International Style:

France Joins OpenGov Partnership

France becomes the 64th country to join the OpenGov movement to promote transparency. The purpose of this partnership is to not only release data to citizens in usable, easy to access formats, but to encourage participation in government, establish greater collaboration, and create civic innovation and change.

Code for India Announces First Ever Simultaneous Hackathon

On May 9 and 10th, Code for India will hold the first ever parallel hackathon. This event will take place at the Google campuses of Bangalore and Mountain View, California. One of the key issues this event will address will be making India more resilient to natural disasters. Teams will register disaster resilience apps.

Singapore Announces Push to Open Data and Open Government

Zaqy Mohamad, Member of Parliament & Chairman for the Government Parliamentary Committee, Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), Singapore, spoke at the FutureGov Forum Singapore. He announced Singapore’s commitment to improved transparency to more than 240 public sector leaders.

Other cool stories this week: 

Hey Wonk Reporters, Liberate Your Data! (motherjones)

Open Data or Privacy Breach? (diginomica)

City Data: Open is the New Black (environmental expert)

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