Illinois Agencies Pledge to Share Data

June 2, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

Thirteen agencies in Illinois pledge to share data to help improve constituent services, DATA Act authors give their take on the law’s future, and GovEx untangles 311 data. Read more of the biggest open data stories in this week’s Open Data Download:

13 Illinois Agencies Sign Joint Data-Sharing Agreement

“Thirteen state agencies associated with the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services have signed an agreement to better position themselves to share information and improve services to their constituents. ‘This eMOU is a major step forward in providing better services to the taxpayers of Illinois,’ said CIO Hardik Bhatt in a press release. ‘More than a dozen agencies agreeing to share data to improve services for taxpayers while creating a more efficient work product is historic, and to have done this in only seven months is equally significant.'” Read more from GovTech.

Wolf’s plan for open data is promising, but Pennsylvania has its work cut out for it

“Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order on April 18 to create an open data website and policies on how data is collected and distributed by state agencies under the governor’s office, such as the Department of Human Services, the Department of Corrections and 30 others. State-related universities, such as the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, independent agencies and other affiliated agencies will be encouraged, but not required, to participate. Since Wolf signed the executive order in April, the state has begun to meet with data experts in the state and to negotiate with Socrata, a company that has created more than 300 open data websites nationwide, including The White House, Illinois and New York City.” Read more from Public Source.

DATA Act authors worry about law’s future

“Two authors [Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.] of the legislation that requires federal agencies to standardize and publish spending information say more work needs to be done to make sure the law doesn’t fall by the wayside when the next administration takes over….Issa said that while laws like the DATA Act and the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act provide transparency for the public, he also sees them as a vital tool for giving government officials access to information that often took vast amounts of time and resources to uncover.” Read more from FedScoop.

Untangling 311 Request Data

“One of the datasets most commonly shared by governments is non-emergency service request data. However, despite there being some clear common threads between jurisdictions, this information is largely a tangled mess. With some simple analysis and a partnership with the Open311 community, we hope we can change that.” Read more from GovEx.

Data Sharing Drives Citizen Engagement

“We learned in school at an early age to not just answer a question, but to show how we arrived at our conclusion. In most cases, this was the only way to earn credit. That concept carries us forward, as public-sector agencies recognize the need to show their work to the constituents they serve. Open-data sharing and government transparency are fundamental expectations for our citizens.” Read more from StateTech.

How Open Data Revolutionizes Urban Life

On City Journal’s podcast, 10 Blocks, Brian Anderson is joined by contributing editor Nicole Gelinas, who “Gives a fascinating account of the history of Big Data in New York City as well as some thoughts on how it might continue to improve life in the city.” Read the podcast transcript from City Journal.

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