#DataNews: Gov’t Data and Private Companies, Reducing Traffic Fatalities, & More

April 13, 2017 6:08 pm PDT | Data News Roundup

In this news this week, State Tech Magazine puts hiring a Chief Data Officer and implementing an easy-to-use website high on its list of ways to effectively develop an open data initiative. Elsewhere, McKinsey staffers say that prioritizing the citizen experience helps agencies increase citizen trust in government, Denver and Philadelphia look to data and citizen’s feedback to reduce traffic-related fatalities, and more than 80 organizations urge Congress to pass the OPEN Government Data Act.

4 Ways to Build a More Effective Open Data Program

“Open data initiatives are helping local governments everywhere establish trust and transparency while garnering greater resident participation and accessibility to resources. And they are launching everywhere….But as cities embark on new open data policies, it’s important to understand how to securely and effectively implement open data initiatives.” Read more from StateTech Magazine.

The Path to Better Management of Government’s Huge Programs

“With the enactment of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act late last year, the federal government has the opportunity and mandate to address two long-standing challenges: delivering successfully on large-scale change initiatives and addressing the dearth of well-qualified program managers across executive branch agencies. For a government that operates through the execution of programs — many of them large and complex — such gaps represent enormous risk.” Read more from Government Executive.

4 Reasons Agencies Should Care About the Citizen Experience

“The customer-experience phenomenon may seem far removed from the work of federal, state and local governments, but in reality, it offers important lessons. True, agencies rarely have a direct competitor from which they try to capture market share. Nor do disruptive start-ups typically emerge to steal their customers. Yet, the rationale for agencies to improve the citizen experience may be just as powerful. Efforts to do so can provide public agencies with valuable opportunities to achieve their stated missions, meet or even exceed their financial or budget goals, engage employees in a culture of superior citizen service, and improve overall trust in government.” Read more from NextGov.

Why IBM, AWS, Others Care About Open Government Data

“More than 80 organizations, including big tech companies such as Yelp, want the government to act quickly on the OPEN Government Data Act.The bill, reintroduced recently by a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers, would set a presumption that all government data be published in open, machine-readable formats. Tech companies and trade organizations alike urged its passage in a letter Wednesday to several members of Congress.” Read more from FedScoop.

Denver and Philly Ask Residents: How Do Our Streets Work for You?

“[Denver and Philadelphia are] two of the latest U.S. cities to embrace Vision Zero, by aiming to prevent (or, bring to zero) traffic-related fatalities. Denver set the goal in February 2016. Philadelphia announced the goal last November and released a draft short-term action plan in early March. Now, as the cities work to sift through the data necessary to shape their targeted infrastructure, enforcement and outreach plans, they’ve both turned to crowdsourcing to capture community concerns about dangerous streets and intersections that their traditional data sources might miss. Read more from Next City.

NYC Considers Codifying Startup’s Temperature-Monitoring Sensor

“New York City’s long-standing civic tech innovation competition, BigApps, recently opened to 2017 applicants, and as the next group begins to take shape, the New York City Council is considering a bill that would codify technology developed by a past winner. That technology is a sensor from a nonprofit startup called Heat Seek, and it monitors whether landlords meet minimum temperature requirements in tenants’ apartments during winter. The bill would require any proprietor of a building with more than three units to install temperature sensors in living rooms, where they would then generate data sent to tenants, property owners, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York’s housing agency.” Read more from Government Technology.

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