Quality of Life Data, 2017 IT Spending, Cybersecurity, & More

March 23, 2017 12:25 pm PST | Data News Roundup
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This week’s open data news brings two new guides aimed at helping cities go beyond just putting data online. Elsewhere, former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams argues that government leaders should continue to champion open data, while ensuring there’s a clear path between datasets and improved quality of life for citizens. Plus, a look at planned state and local IT spending in 2017. Read on for more of this week’s open data stories.

New ‘Tactical Data Engagement’ Guide Shows Cities How to Make Transparency Count

“A new document published Wednesday by transparency advocacy group the Sunlight Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative explains the steps cities can take to elevate their open data practices beyond the perfunctory.” Read more from StateScoop.

Planning the Data-Driven City

“A city’s data is one of its most valuable assets….Yet these digital resources are often taken for granted. Outside of the dedicated world of civic technologists, many of us imagine that city data is readily accessible and easy to use. But the process of collecting, cleaning, integrating, and analyzing data requires extensive capital investment, interagency collaboration, and long-range vision. In the face of complex organizational and technical challenges, cities are developing strategic plans to guide the development of more open, data-driven city government.” Read more from Data-Smart City Solutions.

Delaware Makes Progress on Open Data, But Much Remains to Be Done

“A little over a year after the governor announced a new open data initiative, and about five months since the launch of an open data portal, the chairman of the Open Data Council says she would give the effort an A or B grade for the work it has accomplished so far, but says a lot remains to be done.” Read more from Government Technology.

OPINION: What Data-Driven Mayors Don’t Get

“In many ways, Technocracy 2.0 has delivered. Most visibly in transportation: Open data standards make it easier to access transit information and lead smart city initiatives to reduce traffic congestion through demand-pricing for parking in San Francisco or D.C. or timed street lights in Pittsburgh. Certainly, there’s more financial responsibility. And lest we forget, more cost-effective service delivery helps people who need it most, in education, human services, and public safety…. we technocrats have to reframe our message and rethink our priorities. …Let’s deploy our analytical horsepower in the service of long-time residents, connecting the data dots to jobs and improving the lot of still-struggling people.” Read more from City Lab.

IT Spending in State and Local Government: What Does 2017 Hold?

“The largest percentage of technology RFPs were issued by cities last year, many of them around smart city technology, open data, Internet of Things and civic engagement. All told, cities are expected to spend $30.9 billion on IT in 2017. But they’re not focused on technology for technology’s sake. IT leaders at the city level are mindful of their mayor’s priorities and how technology can be used to support them. ‘What are your mayor or governor’s primary goals and how do you line up your investments accordingly?’ said Washington, D.C., CTO Archana Vemulapalli. ‘Have your strategic plan ready for those opportunities.’” Read more from Government Technology.

Megan Rhyne: Why Isn’t Government Information All Online?

“…younger Virginians live with a near absolute confidence that whatever they want to know will be readily available through an online search. Not an extensive search, either, but just a few clicks. Basic information about government should be no different.” Read more from the Virginian-Pilot.

Legacy IT Makes Federal Agencies Less Secure, Study says

“Federal agencies that shift money from maintaining outdated legacy IT systems to modernizing them can expect to see fewer cybersecurity incidents — as can the agencies that migrate legacy systems to the cloud or implement strict data governance policies, according to a new academic study.” Read more from Cyber Scoop. 

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