As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance, the GovLab Wiki provides a collaborative repository of information and research at the nexus of technology, governance and citizenship. Every two weeks, The GovLab Blog will publish a snapshot of recent additions posted to the wiki. The following is a summary […]
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Our latest updates to the wiki focus on platforms for engaging the crowd, finding and engaging expertise and innovating at the local level – from improved hyperlocal city news to reducing strain on hospital emergency rooms.
• Tools for collaboration, like GitHub, have exploded in popularity over the course of the last four years – both in terms of active users and engagement on the platforms by those users.
• Crowdsourcing is increasingly being used a tool for addressing public problems and needs. SeeClickFix, for example, is helping local governments intelligently address problems affecting their citizens, and, perhaps surprisingly, these citizen-identified problems are being addressed in large numbers. Neighbor.ly, on the other hand, provides local governments with a platform for raising funding for public projects with demonstrated importance to citizens.
• Tools for identifying and engaging individuals with specific skills or interests – whether in terms of job experience, like LinkedIn, Futures.inc and oDesk; charitable interests, like Catchafire; or academic research focus, like ResearchGate – are becoming more prevalent, demonstrating the growing interest in such abilities across sectors.
• Tools for providing hyperlocal information, like EveryBlock, and personally relevant data, like Propellor Health can help improve citizens’ use of public services ranging from emergency rooms to community cultural centers.