Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for January 10, 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.
As open data transitioned from a social movement to a quickly growing global market, developers seized on the newly-available data to create software applications that improve people’s lives. In the coming year, we can expect to see much more innovation.
Ireland will host a European-level Open Government Partnership (OGP) conference in May so governments and civil societies can share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practice about strengthening governance.
By the end of 2009, the US and the UK had the only two open data one-stop websites where agencies could post and citizens could find open data. Now there are over 300 such portals for government data around the world with over 1 million available datasets.
More cities are putting information on everything from street-cleaning schedules to police-response times and restaurant inspection reports in the public domain, in the hope that people will find a way to make money off the data.
This month, New York City unveiled a new interactive crime map that lets residents view felony crime data by specific neighborhood — and in real time as reports occur. As the largest city in the nation, New York’s move toward transparency in this way represents a major milestone for interactive crime mapping.