Looking Back at a Year in Data

December 22, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data as a Service

An infographic from Government Technology offers a retrospective on data trends in 2016 while research firm Gartner looks ahead to the future, predicting that open data initiatives will grow and benefit citizens greatly. Plus, the Sunlight Foundation will continue its role as an open government advocate. Read more in our final Open Data Download of the year:

2016: The Year in Data (Infographic)

“For Government Technology, 2016 was the year of data. The Center for Digital Government, the research arm of e.Republic, conducted nationwide surveys to determine which state and local governments use technology the most efficiently and effectively, and also examined which websites are at the forefront of innovation and user-centric design. While the data represents a look back at major trends of the year, it also paints a picture of where public-sector IT teams will be focused in the future.” Read more from GovTech.

SEC’s open data rule could come before end of Obama administration

“Open data advocates have long sought a rule change to require the use of machine-readable data in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a new letter to senators on the banking committee, SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White announced the possibility of doing just that.” Read more from FCW.

Open Government Advocate Sunlight Foundation Will Continue, Leaders Say

“The Washington, D.C.-based open government advocate Sunlight Foundation “will endure” with John Wonderlich as executive director and Alex Howard as its deputy director, according to a Dec. 16 blog post signaling the beginning of a new chapter for the nonprofit after word this fall that it could be in trouble.” Read more from GovTech.

Chief Innovation Officers: An Unclear Role in the Federal Government

“The government appears intent upon emulating a Silicon Valley-style startup culture that can keep up with the evolution of commercial technology—or at least shake up how agencies approach problems….It’s within this broader effort a handful of agencies have hired chief innovation officers—occasionally, private-sector recruits from companies such as Google, who are tasked with infusing federal agencies with a sense of creativity.” Read more from NextGov.

Gartner 50% of City Residents Will Interact With Smart City Programs By 2019

“Smart cities are here in a big way. New research from Gartner estimates that as many as half of milion-people city residents will be sharing information with some type of smart city program by 2019. The volume and diversity of the data generated by citizens will continue to grow in line with the proliferation of consumer devices and the IoT.” Read more from CivSource.

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