Civic Awesome: Open Data News for May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014 7:36 am PDT | Effective Governing, Open Data

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.

Health DataJam and NC Datapalooza

In a nod to Stone Soup, Marcia Brown’s classic story of community sharing, Team Stone Soup walked away from Heath DataJam the winners of the startup idea contest. Their startup idea fuses the idea of pooling community resources to serve the entire community. Their idea aims to connect food providers and donors with those in need. Read more. 

Is Open Data Linked to Democracy?

Molly Schwartz analyzes 70 countries profiled in the OKFN’s Open Data Index to see how open data connects to democracy. Her findings may surprise you. 

Can Open Data Help Improve Sustainability?

Yes. “Sedex Global is working with OpenCorporates and the World Bank Institute to create an Open Supply Chain Platform: a free global platform that lets companies upload and share core information on their policies, systems and procedures to tackle environmental, social and governance issues.”

Next Steps After the DATA Act

What happens now? Read on. 


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