Prince George’s County Recognized for Transparency

October 13, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

A bipartisan report from two former senior officials in the Office of Management and Budget establishes the priorities for the next administration’s performance measurement efforts. Prince George’s County is one of GCN’s Dig IT award finalists, Chicago and London have formed a data-sharing partnership, and Naperville, a What Works Cities participant, seeks public feedback on the city’s forthcoming open data policy. Read more in this week’s Open Data Download:

Dig IT Award Finalists: Data-driven decision-making

“When officials in Prince George’s County, Md., prioritized government transparency, it sparked a multiyear, countywide open-data initiative. At the heart of the project is Open Prince George’s County. OpenPGC is a Socrata-powered display layer for a centralized data warehouse that connects county data sources, customer relationship management applications and case management tools. The Office of Information Technology wanted to access every major system that provided services to county residents and supported back-office functions, CIO Vennard Wright told GCN.” Read more from GCN.

Both Political Parties Believe Next Administration Should Prioritize Performance Management in Agencies

“The next administration should accelerate governmentwide adoption of the performance- and evidence-based management begun under its predecessors to ensure the federal government is doing its best to improve people’s lives, according to two former Office of Management and Budget officials.” Read more from GovExec.

How Publicly Posting Data Can Cut Through Red Tape

“The White House has been promoting a slew of data-related efforts in the last few weeks, but the government is still in the early stages for open data, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil said Thursday. The repository where agencies are encouraged to publish their own data sets,, should be considered a “beta,” Patil said at a Georgetown University event. Patil, who spent many years at the University of Maryland analyzing government weather data, said agencies are starting to make data sets more navigable.” Read more from NextGov.

White House unveils open data tools to empower communities

“The Obama administration unveiled 29 new digital tools Thursday developed with federal open data under its Opportunity Project launched in March. The tools, some of which were developed by big names like Fitbit and LinkedIn, use data from a range of agencies, such as the departments of Transportation and Labor, and the Office of the Surgeon General. In conjunction with a demo day of the new tools, the administration also announced a slew of new commitments expanding the Opportunity Project and revealed the Commerce Department will officially take the lead on the project going forward.” Read more from FedScoop.

5 Ways the Chicago-London Data Alliance Will Bolster Data Sharing, Collaboration

“…Kahn and Emanuel signed the Chicago-London City Data Alliance, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing the two cities to working together on a number of data-based projects. Through the MOU, the cities agreed to develop a joint working group that will include city officials, members of the academic community, private-sector representatives and nonprofit organizations to focus on the development of a broad range of urban technologies.” Read more from GovTech.

Public Comments Now Being Accepted on City’s Proposed Open Data Policy

“As part of Naperville’s involvement in the What Works Cities initiative and continued commitment to enhancing government transparency, the City has drafted an open data policy to guide its release of public data in the future. The City encourages the public to review the policy and provide comments on the document at by Friday, October 28.” Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

Hawaii Marks Digital Records Day, Makes First Deposit into Digital Archive

“Hawaii Gov. David Ige officially marked a year-long effort to reduce the state’s reliance on paper with the signing of the first digital proclamation. The action was two-fold in that it not only designated Oct. 10 as Electronic Records Day, but it signified the first deposit into the state’s digital archives.” Read more from GovTech.

Download the data showing BYU police accessing other agencies’ records

” Three columns isn’t much in the data world, but it’s enough to tell a story — especially, it seems, at Brigham Young University’s police department. The data set, provided by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, showed the frequency of which BYU police accessed the records of 21 other police forces in the county from March 1, 2015, through Sept. 15 of this year. The Salt Lake Tribune published a story online Monday and in Tuesday’s print edition about the data and a few trends found in them. Are you an amateur data sleuth or otherwise interested in searching for trends yourself? Download the data via Socrata…” Read more from the Salt Lake Tribune.

Ekistic Ventures Brings Government Experience to the World of Tech Startups

“On Sunday, Brett Goldstein discussed cloud architecture with a tech startup. On Monday, he dug into the company’s code to try to solve a problem. But Goldstein doesn’t work for the startup, and his job is not coding. He’s an investor — and he wants to take a run at a new kind of venture capitalism to explore the burgeoning government technology market. For Ekistic Ventures, which launched Sept. 22, that means tinkering with the cogs that drive the companies in which they invest. It means focusing intense time and resources into a small group of seed-level and series A startups. It means carefully choosing those businesses with the input of people such as Goldstein, who is the former chief data officer for the city of Chicago; Michael Nutter, former two-term mayor of Philadelphia; and David Spielfogel, who has served as senior adviser to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And from time to time, it might also mean starting a new company in-house.” Read more from GovTech.

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