Across the US, New Localities Implement Open Data Platforms

February 22, 2016 11:52 am PST | Data News Roundup

This week in open data news, Tech Crunch magazine talks about how open data can prevent the next Flint crisis from occurring. California and the town of Framingham, Mass., decide to implement an open data portal, and the newly published GovTech100 list, featuring Socrata, also made the news. You can read about all this and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

To Prevent Another Flint, Make All Open Data Machine Readable

The lead poisoning of the entire city of Flint, Mich., was preventable and should never have happened. Numerous pundits and industry experts have said this. Most of them, however, explain that if government had functioned properly, the environmental agencies would have properly communicated to their higher-ups and the problem would have been spotted much sooner. Get the full download.

California to Pilot Open Data Portal

California is hatching plans to pilot a next-gen open data portal to house all of its public agency data under one roof. The announcement came Friday, Feb. 12 from Stuart Drown, the deputy secretary for innovation and accountability from the recently formed California Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps). Get the full download.

Town of Framingham, Mass. to Sign Compact with Baker/Polito Administration

The Baker/Polito Administration and the town of Framingham’s Community Compact is a commitment to the implementation of new “best practice initiatives” in the categories of Information Technology: Transparency and Education; Administration and Finance. Get the full download.

Digital Services, Tools Designed Explicitly for Government

Thanks to a combination of venture capital, new tech, and entrepreneurial spirit, more companies than ever now offer digital services and tools specifically for government. The number of these firms has grown so quickly that there’s now a public-sector version of the Fortune 500. Called GovTech100, the list is compiled by e.Republic Labs, a division of Governing’s parent company e.Republic, Inc. It represents the ways in which government is changing how it uses technology and operates. Get the full download.

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