Revealing California’s Parking Ticket Data
Los Angeles residents can explore when and where tickets are issued in the city, as well as where the revenue goes, on a new site released by the city controller. Elsewhere in California, Marin County launched an open data site, with details on the county’s budget and several health- and safety-focused datasets. A report reveals that citizens are pleased with digital government services and Denice Ross, who co-founded the Police Data Initiative, spoke at a DC event aimed at preserving federal data. Read more of this week’s open data news:
Marin County, Calif., Launches Open Data Portal
“Marin County officials have launched a new database designed to make county budget information and public health and safety statistics more accessible….Marin joins the San Francisco, San Mateo County and Alameda County in using the Socrata-powered database.” Read more from Government Technology.
Open Data Portal Gives Insight Into L.A. Parking Tickets
“Ever wondered when and where you are most likely to get a parking ticket? Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is giving city residents insight into parking ticket metrics via an open data portal dubbed Street Talk: Parking Tickets in LA.” Read more from 21st Century State & Local.
Citizen Satisfaction with Digital Government Services Doubles in Two Years, Accenture Report Shows
“In the survey of more than 3,000 U.S. citizens in mid-2016, 85 percent of respondents said they expect the same or higher quality from government digital services as they do from commercial organizations, up from 73 percent in a similar survey in 2014. Over that same time period, however, the number of citizens who said they are satisfied with digital services from government more than doubled, from 27 percent in 2014 to 58 percent in the 2016 survey.” Read more from Yahoo.
‘All of our federal data assets are currently at risk’ — here’s how people are trying to protect them
“A group of coders, librarians, scientists, storytellers and others passionate about data came together at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., this weekend to preserve federal data that some worry could disappear under different Trump administration priorities…. ‘All of our federal data assets are currently at risk. And they always have been,’ [Denice Ross, a public interest technology fellow at New America and co-founder of the Police Data Initiative] said Saturday, later adding ‘We need to be alert and not take any of our federal data for granted.'” Read more from FedScoop.
Prime time for the Data Act?
“The cause of government transparency is due to hit a major milestone in May, when machine-readable federal financial data is finally published online under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The Data Act, an open government law passed in 2014, pushes granular federal financial data to the USASpending.gov website. It remains to be seen what kind of emphasis the Trump administration places on the effort, which has largely been taking place among career staffers well out of the public eye. The newly confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, professes to be a fan. But for now, carryovers from the Obama administration are largely responsible for the law’s implementation — and with proving its value.” Read more from FCW.
Contemplating Change for Coding Competitions, Hackathons
“As it enters its fourth year, Go Code Colorado, the statewide business app competition run by officials in the Secretary of State’s office, has produced several notable online tools….The challenge statement for this year’s event is a stripped-down call to action that widens the playing field for developers while recalling the event’s original vision: ‘Build an app that uses public data to solve a problem for a business decision-maker.'”Read more from Government Technology.
White House Open Data Disappears, Raising Transparency Questions
“The White House has deleted all of the information that was housed on its open data portal, a move that is creating confusion about the digital transparency of the Trump administration. The database, which was deleted last week, contained information about government salaries, visitor records, and government research. Most of the information has been archived on the Obama administration’s White House page, but some external links and internal pages no longer work in that format.” Read more from MeriTalk.