State and Local Governments Leverage Data to Solve Problems

February 10, 2017 12:55 pm PST | Data News Roundup
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Marin County aims to use data to boost conversation and analysis to solve challenges in the San Francisco Bay area, Philadelphia is using data and technology to reduce litter, a new law in New Jersey requires agencies to publish data online, and Florida wants to create a Chief Data Officer position for the state. At the state and local level, engagement with data — and awareness of its utility — is growing. Read more of this week’s open data news:

Marin County, Calif., Shares New Data Portal, Plans Hackathon

“To make online information available to residents, California’s Marin County has a new portal for analytics and reports, with data that includes emergency medical response rates, food safety inspection results, kindergarten immunizations and more.” Read more from Government Technology.

Philly Uses Tech to Tackle Litter

“With the stroke of a pen just seven weeks ago, Philadelphia joined other major cities like New York and Los Angeles in creating a “zero waste goal,” seeking to boost its trash diversion rate to 90 percent by 2035….They’re tasked with creating a comprehensive, data-driven action plan for waste reduction and litter prevention; increasing the percent of diversion from landfills and incinerators; preventing and better managing litter and illegal dumping; partnering with government and business; and challenging residents to keep their own neighborhoods clean.” Read more from Government Technology.

Florida’s tech wish list: chief data officer, GIS office, $10.1 million in new funding

“Gov. Rick Scott released his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday and it proposes almost $80 million in technology funding for AST, including new funding of $3.5 million for data center services and $6.6 million for security auditing and remediation. New legislation under review by the Florida Senate would create a new chief data officer role within the state and form a geographic information office. The recent activity indicates growing maturity for a state with a rocky technology past.” Read more from State Scoop.

Data and the City: New report on how public data is fostering civic engagement in urban regions

“We are interested in how city data infrastructures can support public participation around local governance and policy-making. The report demonstrates how public data infrastructures create new kinds of relationships and public spaces between public institutions, civil society groups, and citizens.” Read more from Open Knowledge International.

NJ to create central open data site

“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an open data law that requires agencies to publish their data on the internet so that citizens, businesses and other executive branch agencies have free and easy access to information.” Read more from GCN.

IT management and tech-driven transparency remain at forefront for House Oversight

“The House Oversight and Government Reform committee’s agenda for the new Congress will include its usual scrutiny of the federal government’s ability to manage its IT, as well as a continued push for technology-based solutions that make government more transparent.” Read more from FedScoop.

House Bill Would Curb Open Data on Race, Affordable Housing

“Open data supporters have expressed trepidation over a new House bill that states Federal agencies will no longer be able to use geospatial information to create open databases on racial disparities and affordable housing.” Read more from MeriTalk.

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