SF Plans Open Legislative Data Hack Night

August 6, 2013 8:30 am PST | Data as a Service

On Wednesday, August 7, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation is teaming up with Code for America, GitHub and sf.citi to host an Open Legislation Civic Hack Night. The Hack Night is scheduled to promote the release of the city’s legislative codes as open data.

San Francisco is one of the nation’s leaders in opening government data to promote public engagement and bridge the gap between policy makers and  citizens. This particular event is aimed at generating interest and support for open goverment initiatives in San Francisco by making city legislative data more accessible. Event participants will be recognized at a ceremony in City Hall on August 9. Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 4.50.18 PM

“For us, this hack night is the first step in a long process of working to make the city’s wealth of legislative and legal resources more accessible to the public,” said Jay Nath, San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “It is fantastic that San Francisco is ahead of the curve here, and we hope one of the takeaways from this event is a local community that is organized, excited, and actively thinking about the possibilities of what can be done with Open Legislative data in San Francisco; as well as how to scale out efforts into other cities, and keep Open Legislation projects sustainable in the long term.”

Hopefully, the Hack Night will result in a similar success to the city’s Housing Data Jam held in June. During the invite-only event, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and more, brainstormed new applications that could be developed using open data. The goal was to innovate around topic areas of concern to the city; including homelessness, energy efficiency, and new construction development. The ideas generated on that day continue to be worked on, and could earn the chance to be featured by the Obama administration’s open data initiative later this year.

To register to attend the Open Legislation Hack Night, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6874298211.

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