Nashville, CrimeReports, and Federal Data in the News

March 29, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup
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In this week’s open data news, Nashville’s Open Data program and CrimeReports make headlines. In the federal space, the White House plans to co-host a series of open data roundtables. Read about all this and more in the Open Data Download:

Nashville’s Push for More Open Data Informs Public

Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry signed an executive order this year for more open data. “If you’ve ever wondered where tornado sirens are in your part of town, Keith Durbin, chief information officer for Metro Government, said you can now find them online.…It’s not just data on public safety that’s available. So far, you can research the data on agencies under eight different departments like education, health, government, and transportation.”  Get the full download.

Crime-Mapping Tool gets Open Data Refresh

“The CrimeReports crime-mapping web service from Motorola has been revamped to include chart, graph and trend tools from Socrata, the leading digital government service provider. Launched more than 10 years ago, CrimeReports gives law enforcement agencies the ability to publish crime data from record management or computer-aided dispatch systems to an online map. The partnership with Socrata expands the public-facing data to include analysis that helps citizens understand crime and public safety in their community.” Get the full download.

White House Tech Office to Co-Host Open Data Roundtables

The White House Office of Science Technology Policy has unveiled plans to co-host four open data roundtables…as part of a continuing push to advance the use of federal data. The sessions are expected to bring together a limited number of technical, policy and legal experts from federal agencies, academia and the private sector — and collect input from the public — as part of an effort to accelerate the use of government open data sets, according to an OSTP briefing.” Get the full download.

As Governments Open Access to Data, Law Lags Far Behind

“From municipalities to the White House, governments are launching open data projects—but the judicial branch is falling behind.” This was a key takeaway from a recent panel at the ABA Techshow, titled Public Service Legal Technology in the Data.Gov Era. “Adam Ziegler of Harvard Law School’s Library Innovation Lab hammered home the message with a quick tour of government data projects.” Get the full download.

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