Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 4:30 pm 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.

Top 5 Goals for Open Government in 2014

Open government offers a society a number of attractive benefits. Transparency begets accountability. The provision of information enhances the ability of governments to provide valuable public goods and services. Its data, furthermore, can be analyzed and used by third parties in innovative ways, resulting in other socially beneficial products.

Tim O’Reilly on Open Data: Cheap May Be Open Enough

In O’Reilly’s world, openness is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end. Hence, delivering the effects of openness may be a good enough surrogate for truly open data.

Open Datafest Conference Kicks Off Next Week in Sacramento, CA

The symposium will provide an overview of the Open Data movement in California, particularly in how it has benefited the state’s health and human service programs.The Stewards of Change Institute, the California HealthCare Foundation, and the Health Data Consortium are sponsoring the event. Speakers will include Daniel Stein, president of Stewards of Change; Shell Culp, interim director of the Office of Systems Integration for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Open Data, Hackathon Lead Morningstar Duo to App Store

A new app launched this week in Apple’s App Store shows that all those hackathons and collections of public or “open” data being unleashed by cities such as Chicago might spark something more than creativity. Varun Goel and Gaurav Goyal, two Morningstar, Inc. developers, are hoping to turn the app they developed during a city-sponsored hackathon last summer into a money-maker.

Government Data Saves Lives

The U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol takes thousands of aerial pictures following a natural disaster, but those images alone often aren’t sufficient to assess the full scale of damage to building and communities.

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