GovTech Honors Public Sector Innovators and Open Data Makes Headlines in Canada

April 4, 2016 1:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup
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In this week’s open data news, GovTech announces the recipients of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers awards; Open Data makes headlines in Canada; and Mike Flowers is interviewed in his new role as a What Works Cities Senior Fellow. Read about all this and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

GovTech Announces Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers 

“2016 marks the 15th year of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers awards. During that time, we’ve honored nearly 400 people for their accomplishments using technology to improve internal government operations and help the public sector serve citizens more effectively. Historically, many of our honorees are largely unsung, faithfully dedicated to public service behind the scenes. Several of this year’s honorees match that description.” Get the full download.

Wouters and Matthews: How Canada Can Take the Lead on Open Government

“Some 70 countries around the world are officially part of the Open Government Partnership. Yet, for all the effort and investment, many people still think the movement is about making data and information more available. That’s only half the picture.”  Get the full download.

Ontario Launches New Consultations Directory and Public Engagement Framework

“As part of Ontario’s commitment to Open Government, the province is launching new tools that will give more Ontarians a voice in government decision-making. Ontario’s new online Public Consultations Directory provides one window access to Ontarians to find information about and participate in consultations.” Get the full download.

Bringing Data to Urban Governance

“I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Flowers in his new role  as a What Works Cities (WWC) Senior Fellow. From our conversation, there were three broad takeaways that may be instructive for others trying to bring data-driven innovation to governance, particularly on the urban level. As What Works Cities and other municipalities continue modernization and efficiency improvements, these principles will be relevant.” Get the full download.

Study: IT Underpins State and Local Investments

“Amid tight budgets, state and local governments must be choosy about where they invest their IT dollars. Increasingly, agencies are leveraging their technology spending to better deliver government services. As agencies work to protect data, increase public access to information and ensure cost effective networks, they have contracted for data center consolidation, cloud services, Internet of Things, open data and IT consulting, which increased by 16 percent in 2015.” Get the full download.

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