Federal and State Programs Make Big News in This Week’s Open Data Download

March 7, 2016 12:01 pm PDT | Data News Roundup

This week in open data news, California talks about how the state could boost its efforts to tap open data, White House tech advisors call for greater support of the Smart Cities initiative, and Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council uses open data in urban development. You can read about all this and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

In California, Civil Servants Lead the Way in Open Data Use

“California civil servants are leading the way in open data use, even as the state as a whole drags its feet, according to panelists at the Data Coalition’s California Data Day Tuesday. Robb Korinke, a principal for California public affairs firm GrassrootsLab, lamented that millennials can find a date on their smartphone — but may have trouble locating some basic facts about their cities.” Get the full download.

White House Tech Advisers Urge Greater Federal Smart Cities Focus

“The federal government needs to get its shoulder behind the smart cities movement, a nationwide effort to improve urban infrastructure using IT, President Barack Obama’s top tech advisers are urging him. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report on the issue this week, laying out a series of steps for the federal government to take to support “smart city” initiatives around the country.” Get the full download.

How Open Data Can Help Encourage More Transit-Oriented Development

“As demand grows for more sustainable and equitable urban planning, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) initiatives have been gaining steam worldwide.  From Washington to Hong Kong to Chicago, many cities have developed TOD policies that aim to increase public transit use, enhance resident access to jobs, and reduce carbon emissions that arise from automobile dependency.” Get the full download.

Confronting Yesterday’s Future: It’s Hard to Look Forward Through the Rearview Mirror

“The 1982 DeLorean is coming back. Thanks to a warehouse full of never-used parts from the original run, the remnant of the Humble, Texas-based company will produce a few hundred new replicas of the 34-year-old sports cars with their distinctive stainless steel exterior and gull-wing doors. What does all this  have to do with open data?” Get the full download.