The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Governing

June 9, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

Experts tackle what’s needed to get government to maximize digital technology, Vice President Biden announced the launch of a cancer database, and this year marks a big anniversary for governmental transparency. Find out about these stories and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

Biden unveils launch of major, open-access database to advance cancer research

“Vice President Biden on Monday announced the launch of a first-of-its kind, open-access cancer database to allow researchers to better understand the disease and develop more effective treatments. The Genomic Data Commons, a part of the National Cancer Institute, contains the raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients, with more records to come as researchers contribute to it, he said….As head of the Obama administration’s ‘cancer moonshot,’ Biden has repeatedly stressed the importance of broad sharing of scientific data to accelerate work on therapies and even cures.” Read more from the Washington Post.

Carson City debuts new website

“Carson City has a new look. The city government’s new website launches today, its first full redesign in more than four years. ‘The goal was more transparency,’ said Eric Von Schimmelmann, chief information officer. It includes a new mobile version, a live chat window to help visitors navigate the website or government functions, and a new front-page heading called, of course, Transparency.” Read more from Nevada Appeal.

After 30 Years Since Transparency Debuted in Government, Work Remains

“Thirty years ago, C-SPAN introduced transparency in the federal government, but there are gaps at the state level that need to be addressed when it comes to effectively sharing video with the larger constituency….Despite the great strides made in government transparency today thanks to such organizations as the Sunlight Foundation, California’s Digital Democracy Project and President Obama himself, to name a few, smaller committee hearings are not always shared in a timely manner.” Read more from GovTech.

Rep. Suzan DelBene Proposes to Extend US Digital Services Agency for 10 Years

“Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Washington) has proposed to extend the life of the U.S. Digital Service in an effort to help federal agencies increase their usage of technology and address government service quality. ‘The U.S. Digital Service was formed as a way to temporarily bring the technical know-how of industry experts to the tech-challenged federal government,’ said Delbene.” More from Executive Gov.

How will new records law make Mass. more transparent?

“Governor Charlie Baker on Friday signed a bill strengthening Massachusetts’ much-maligned public records law, which was considered one of the weakest in the country.” This new bill will lead to transparency in five different ways. Read more from the Boston Globe.

Illinois’s CIO is leading a statewide digital transformation

“Illinois is undergoing a digital transformation to improve the services it provides to its citizens. At the core of the transformation is Hardik Bhatt, the state’s CIO and secretary designate of innovation and technology.” Read more from

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