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How to use open data to connect local government with the public

How to use open data to connect local government with the public | Open Gov | Scoop.it

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available for everyone to use and republish as they wish. The philosophy behind open data has been long established, but the term itself is relatively new and it is gaining popularity.

 

An increasing number of platforms where people can openly share information have been developing, such as GitHub, where you can share codes and other ideas for open source programming, and WikiHouse, an open source construction set which lets you build your own home from online templates.

 

Here are a few examples of how open data is being used by local government.


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How to Visualize Data With OpenSpending | Idea Lab | PBS

How to Visualize Data With OpenSpending | Idea Lab | PBS | Open Gov | Scoop.it
OpenSpending is a database, analysis, and visualization tool for budget- and expenditure-related data. It acts as a data warehouse, giving you access to budgetary data from around the world.
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What’s the deal with the UK government’s new spending tool? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

What’s the deal with the UK government’s new spending tool? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Gov | Scoop.it

The ‘Government Interrogating Spending Tool’ (fear not – you the user are supposed to be the giver, not the receiver, of interrogation) or ‘GIST’ is, according to the Cabinet Office, “one of the first of its kind in the world”, giving an “unprecedented view” of public spending, which was previously “only published in clunky spreadsheet form”. The site gives you a high level overview of quarterly departmental spending, as well as enabling you to see how the big numbers break down. 


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Les députés sont devenus un peu moins absentéistes

Les députés sont devenus un peu moins absentéistes | Open Gov | Scoop.it
De 2011 à 2013, le nombre de députés sanctionnés pour leur absentéisme aurait baissé de 5,8%. Les élus pointés du doigt il y a deux ans par le site Nos Députés sont dans leur ensemble devenus bien plus assidus.
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White House names "champions of change" for local open government and civic hacking

White House names "champions of change" for local open government and civic hacking | Open Gov | Scoop.it
On June 27, the White House asked for nominations for civic hackers that have built tools that helped to meet the needs of the public. This morning, the Obama administration honored 15 different Am...
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App of the Week: Congress

App of the Week: Congress | Open Gov | Scoop.it
There's never been an easier way to keep track of what Washington is doing (App of the week: @SunFoundation's Congress app brings #opengov transparency to your phone http://t.co/xqHdyNugn4)...
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What is the return on investment (ROI) of open government?

What is the return on investment (ROI) of open government? | Open Gov | Scoop.it
Putting a dollar value on clean water, stable markets, the quality of schooling or access to the judiciary is no easy task. Each of these elements of society, however, are to some extent related to...
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Welcome - data.gov.au

We are finally live! Blog post: New http://t.co/guktRSrZc1 now live on CKAN http://t.co/CP3u8QHn93 … #gov2au #opendata #opengov #ausgovIT
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The alpha of CivOmega: A hack-day tool to parse civic data and tell you more about Beyoncé’s travels

The alpha of CivOmega: A hack-day tool to parse civic data and tell you more about Beyoncé’s travels | Open Gov | Scoop.it
A modular prototype aims to become a "Wolfram Alpha for government" by allowing developers to plug in their own APIs.
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treasury.io

treasury.io | Open Gov | Scoop.it
What did your government spend today?(Next time someone says hackathons are a waste of time, show them @TreasuryIO: http://t.co/C1jJhiVlML #opengov #gov20 #opendata)...
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With Palo Alto on Board, OpenGov Aims for Transparency in Dozens ... - Wall Street Journal (blog)

With Palo Alto on Board, OpenGov Aims for Transparency in Dozens ... - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Open Gov | Scoop.it
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Avec les applications citoyennes, le citadin s'investit dans la gestion de sa ville | L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation

Avec les applications citoyennes, le citadin s'investit dans la gestion de sa ville | L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation | Open Gov | Scoop.it
De plus en plus d'applications civiques fleurissent. Les citoyens améliorent leur quotidien grâce aux informations qu'ils partagent avec leur municipalité. Petite perspective de ces plateformes.

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Outline.com, a TechStars start-up, wins Knight Foundation award for open gov project - Boston.com

Outline.com, a TechStars start-up, wins Knight Foundation award for open gov project - Boston.com | Open Gov | Scoop.it

The Knight Foundation awarded more than $3.2 million to eight projects that are attempting to make public information more accessible -- and useful -- for citizens and journalists.


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[Op-Ed] The Future of Open Government in New York City - techPresident

[Op-Ed] The Future of Open Government in New York City - techPresident | Open Gov | Scoop.it
[Op-Ed] The Future of Open Government in New York City
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Since 2008, we have seen several governments elect executives who have favorable opinions toward innovation in government. What if that wasn't the case?
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Operation Decode San Francisco...Engage! | The OpenGov FoundationThe OpenGov Foundation

Operation Decode San Francisco...Engage! | The OpenGov FoundationThe OpenGov Foundation | Open Gov | Scoop.it
#OpenGovernment Foundation hosts Operation Decode #SanFrancisco…Engage! http://t.co/M6YRbJgnru
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UK Government launches BETA of new tool for interrogating government spending | Open Government Partnership UK

UK Government launches BETA of new tool for interrogating government spending | Open Government Partnership UK | Open Gov | Scoop.it
Updates from UK civil society engagement with the Open Government Partnership (HT @timjhughes UK Government launches BETA of tool for interrogating government spending http://t.co/kQlrX7Lu2w #opendata...
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Eight Ways to Open Government – Next City

Eight Ways to Open Government – Next City | Open Gov | Scoop.it

The winners of the Knight Foundation’s 2013 News Challenge demonstrate ways in which new civic technologies connect citizens directly to their government.


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Will digital media transform the European Union...

Will digital media transform the European Union... | Open Gov | Scoop.it
Juan Luis Jimeno's insight: Policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic are experimenting with digital media as a means of generating greater involvement in politics and government.
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FOIA Machine

To make government accountable, people have to know the facts. But prying secrets out of Washington is hard. FOIA Machine can help.
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Minneapolis Restaurant Health Inspections and Food Code Violations

Minneapolis Restaurant Health Inspections and Food Code Violations | Open Gov | Scoop.it
Search for a Minneapolis restaurant or food establishment's public health inspection results and food code violations.
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What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps?

What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps? | Open Gov | Scoop.it
OpenStreetMap and other free, online tools have allowed anyone to become a cartographer. (“What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps?
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With Palo Alto on Board, OpenGov Aims for Transparency in Dozens More City Governments

With Palo Alto on Board, OpenGov Aims for Transparency in Dozens More City Governments | Open Gov | Scoop.it
With Palo Alto, Calif. on board, OpenGov is aiming for transparency in more city governments. Its software helps visualize financial data, providing access to it in a clear and visually appealing way to both the public and to government employees.
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20 Basics of Open Government

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OGPNews's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:48 PM

Need to introduce the benefits of open government from scratch and describe what open government looks like? Here's a nice visual of 20 basic notions - click each one for more info.

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Twitter Tackles Open Government - The Global Mail (blog)

Twitter Tackles Open Government - The Global Mail (blog) | Open Gov | Scoop.it
Twitter Tackles Open Government
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Twitter Tackles Open Government. By Staff July 5, 2013.
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Sunlight Foundation: Open government data made useful

Sunlight Foundation: Open government data made useful | Open Gov | Scoop.it

Above, the Sunlight Foundation app Sitegeist allows users to instantly access public data about the neighborhood they’re in. Making government ...


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