Papers and Guides

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Opening the Books: Three Challenges that Governments are Solving with Open Financial Data

See how organizations can engage citizens in the budget process, improve governance and internal efficiencies, and streamline public records processes for citizens and the media.

Government Performance Measurement

Find out how top cities, counties, and states, like Kansas City, Missouri and Seattle, Washington, run their performance management programs. From goal setting to meeting agendas, this guide walks you through every step in the process.

Justin Bruce: A One-Man Force for Open Data in Jackson, Mississippi

Find out how Justin Bruce, the Director of Innovation and Performance at Jackson, Mississippi, organizes his days, thinks about performance management, and empowers Jackson’s nine city departments to leverage open data.

Open Data Promotion Guide

Discover 50 ways to promote your open data site with links to examples of how other governments have done it.

Top Datasets for U.S. States

States publish data in a variety of categories, discover the most commonly accessed datasets driving the greatest engagement.

Top Datasets for U.S. Counties

From 311 requests to crime data, counties maintain a wide array of datasets. Find out which datasets are most frequently accessed.

Top Datasets for U.S. Cities

Cities publish a variety of data on their Publica sites, find inspiration from some of the most popular dataset categories.

Virginia Beach Timeline

See how Virginia Beach's data program has evolved and helped the city become a digital leader and innovation success story.

Making Financial Data Accessible to Everyone

Where do tax dollars really go? It's a question asked by citizens and other constituents who want results from their state and local governments. In this special edition brief by Governing, we hear from Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin and Socrata Product Manager, Kyle Hall on just how cloud software helps government improve data clarity, insight and transparency.

The State of the Union of Open Data, 2016

In September 2016, over 1,000 government, nonprofit, and industry leaders gathered to share their commitment to more open government data. Over 40 leaders contributed to this report, which details the unprecedented bipartisan data movement.

Community Policing and the Role of Data

Many police departments recognize the need to not just acknowledge their recent increase in exposure, but also get ahead of it. They’re actually leading efforts to create greater transparency into their work as a way to build stronger communities.

2016 Open Data Benchmark Report

The survey, sponsored by Socrata and conducted by EMC Research, was designed to better understand the current attitudes and opinions on the open data environment among publishers and users of open data.

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