ODTV Video of the Week: Julie Steenson on Leveling the Playing Field

March 27, 2015 2:01 pm PDT | Effective Governing

Have you been tuning in to ODTV? In this week’s featured Open Data TV video, Julie Steenson describes a situation that may feel familiar to many of municipalities: Kansas City’s legacy systems were full of rich and meaningful data about citizens and their interactions with the city, but getting access to this wealth of information — or even knowing which data was available — was difficult both for citizens and internally.

“Open data,” says Steenson, “allows a central repository where internally we can take steps toward solutions across departments.” Steenson believes making data available, from the City’s line-item budget to their 311 service request dataset, allowed people to “become their own data specialists instead of relying on centralized individuals.”

Watch the full video for Julie Steenson’s complete lowdown on operations before and after open data, and browse ODTV for more great videos.


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