Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for April 4, 2014
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.
Friday, March 28th was a big day for budding Canadian tech entrepreneurs and innovators Carlos Saavedra and Jason Ernst as they walked away with the OpenText Grand Prize at the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE).
Online real-estate site Zillow is one of U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel’s favorite examples of how private firms can find business opportunities in government-provided data. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff agrees — and he wants agencies to provide more.
The hype around open data is justified. The ability of authorities to publish huge troves of information can raise democracy and accountability to a higher standard and it allows those in charge to understand and improve the services they provide. But the hype has also created a myth: that you need to be an expert to understand open data.
With Socrata’s new financial transparency suite, governments large and small are now able, for the first time ever, to publish budget and spending data quickly, economically, and in a consumer-friendly way. Rather than wading through 700-page scanned documents of legal and financial information, citizens and staff see budget and spending data in vivid color. The charts, graphs, and images are attractive, navigable, and easy to understand.