Highlights from Transform Newsletter, August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015 7:00 am PST | Data as a Service

In this week’s Transform newsletter, best practices for gaining stakeholder support for open data initiatives, a primer on an important bipartisan bill, and much more. Read on for some of this week’s featured stories.

Survey says: A new survey by Socrata and  EMC Research of public sector technology decision-makers reveals that governments of all sizes are overwhelming eager to use 21st-century, user-friendly technology, with 83 percent of survey respondents finding it important have easy-to-use programs and software. View the infographic.

Lessons from Hollywood: In Topeka, Kansas, Deputy IT Director Sherry Schoonover used a pilot, rather than white papers or presentations, to show Topeka’s residents, media, and city council the advantages of an open portal. See how Topeka used a pilot program to persuade stakeholders to support the investment.

A big bill: The Financial Transparency Act of 2015 aims to change how financial agencies publish data, ensuring that all information is available online and adheres to open data standards.  Find out more about the bill, as well as some of challenges it faces.


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