Looking Ahead to Federal Open Data Policy Post-Election

June 23, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

Experts at the AWS Public Sector Summit predict open data trends post-election, California shares “lessons from early adopters,” and Chicago and Baton Rouge each find their own way to change their cities for the better by using data. Read the biggest open data stories in this week’s Open Data Download.

Culture jeopardizes open data’s future beyond Obama — panelists

“The problem with opening data is often a cultural one — not a technical one — a panel of open data experts said Monday at the AWS Public Sector Summit. As the public sector prepares for a change in administration, experts are looking to codify Obama’s open data strategy in a way that survives the transition. Meanwhile, agencies are still fighting against an internal work culture that is averse to open data, panelists said.” Read more from FedScoop.

California’s Early Adopters of Open Data Share Lessons Learned

A new report, called Making Open Data Work in California’s State Government: Lessons from Early Adopters, “brings together knowledge from people and organizations across state government, said Anne Neville, director of the California Research Bureau, which authored the report. ‘This publication reports on their successes, challenges and outcomes. Using shared lessons from these projects and others, the paper also summarizes current state policy on open data, including procurement policies; highlights various privacy laws and guidelines; and provides sample organizational structures for open data teams,’ the report says.” Read more from Techwire.net.

The Importance of Creating an Open Data Platform

“…Governments around the world have noticed that economic value is realized by creating an open data platform. McKinsey estimates the economic value derived from open data globally could generate $3 trillion a year. Governments are creating a virtual space where data scientists can gather and query data using a common vocabulary. Data enthusiasts are using these data sets to make smarter decisions and earn more revenue. Again, this is an example of how governments are creating a common platform and language to drive value.” Read more from icrunchdatanews.com.

How Open Data Is Changing Chicago

“The City of Chicago’s Open Data Portal, an initiative to promote access to government information, makes over a thousand raw data sets publically available online. This allows researchers, technologists, and average citizens to conduct any analysis they want. Online since 2010, the portal has grown to include regularly updated data from every city agency….Tom Schenk, Chicago’s chief data officer, sat down with Achal Bassamboo, a professor of managerial economics and decision sciences, to discuss the evolution of the portal and how data is driving operational change in the city and beyond.” Read more from Kellogg Insight.

Louisiana City Makes Election Data Available Through GIS

“East Baton Rouge Parish has combined data from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office with its online maps to allow users to view precinct-by-precinct election breakdowns.” Read more from GovTech.

Concluding U.S. Open Data

“Three years ago, when planning U.S. Open Data at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communications and Society, we established an unusual requirement: that the organization be shut down within four years, at the most. Ideally sooner. On July 31, we’re going to do just that.” Read more from U.S. Open Data.

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