Senate Passes OPEN Government Data Act

December 15, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

The Senate unanimously passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, which requires all federal agencies to publish information in one central location, in a machine-readable format. The Center for Open Data Enterprise calls on the Trump administration to support open data and Cincinnati shares visual dashboards. Read more in this week’s Open Data Download:

Cities Open Animal Services Data to Help Keep Stray Dogs and Cats Off the Street

“Stray dogs and homeless cats may not be a data problem, per se, but there could be a data-driven solution to keeping them off the street….Dallas recently added animal service metrics to its open data portal. The city wants citizens to be able to track how many calls come into animal control (4,300 in November), why animals come in and what happens to them. Dallas is one of several municipalities incorporating animal service data into its citizen-facing portal. Louisville, Ky., Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County, and Aurora, Colo., have all gone this route.” Read more from GovTech.

Senate backs open gov bill

“The Senate’s late spate of action Dec. 10 included the approval of a bill to make federal agency data open and machine readable by default. The move passed by unanimous consent. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), would codify President Barack Obama’s 2013 executive order to require federal agencies to publish their information to in a non-proprietary, machine-readable format.” Read more from FCW.

Senate passes mandate for publishing government data

“The Congressional Budget Office has scored S 2852 and concluded there would be no significant budgetary impact to preparing and publishing nonproprietary online data formats.” Read more from Federal Times.

Cincinnati Uses Visual Dashboards to Demystify Government

“[The newly launched] CincyInsights aggregates information — trash collection, snowplow location, police calls for service — already available in Cincinnati’s open data portal, which launched about a year and a half ago. But it reconfigures that data into elements like heat maps and charts that are engaging, quickly relatable and more easily understood.” Read more from GovTech.

Why the Trump administration should support open data

“Eight years ago, on his first day in office, President Barack Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government to set the tone for his administration. President-elect Donald Trump should maintain the commitments that launched with that memo and that have had widespread bipartisan support. In particular, a continued commitment to open government data, a publicly available resource that anyone can use, can help achieve the new administration’s goals to make government more efficient and accountable, grow the economy, and develop national infrastructure.” Read more from FedScoop.

MeriTalk Report: CDOs are Changing the Big Data Game

“Most Federal agencies that have chief data officers (CDOs) like having them, and those without CDOs want them. MeriTalk issued a report on Dec. 12 revealing that 88 percent of agencies with a CDO said these officials are making a positive impact, and 93 percent of agencies without a CDO said having one would be beneficial.” Read more from MeriTalk.

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