We love news and information, especially when their about open data. So each week, we review countless links to keep up with what’s happening here and around the world with open data. In this weekly feature, we’ll offer up a few that caught our attention and we hope will catch yours, plus details about any events we know of that are in town and have to do with open data. Please sign up for our blog feed, follow us on Twitter or visit and like us on Facebook so you won’t miss a thing.
For the week of May 17, 2015
State agencies need upgrades in data collection and beyond: Government budget and finance information get a lot of attention when it comes to open and transparent access. However, this article from the Columbus Dispatch about disarray with juvenile justice data highlights why states should follow the federal government in having an open data policy, digital strategy and implementation program across all agencies.
Region’s first public sector Chief Innovation Officer? On April 30, 2015, cleveland.com reported that Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish created the position of Chief Innovation Officer. Most counties and cities have CIOs aka Chief Information Officers, and Chief Data Officers currently are all the rage. But getting a county CINO could be a stride toward making data as an analytical tool a default setting across the county government. This article, “Will the chief innovation officer transform government?” helps frame the potential advances, and pitfalls.
We love data, we love it not: The Pew Research Center on Internet, Science & Tech released a report in late April discussing results from its “…first national survey that seeks to benchmark public sentiment about the government initiatives that use data to cultivate the public square.” The headline from Fierce Government IT says it all: “People hopeful ‘open data’ boosts gov’t responsibility, but dubious on performance gain.”
TONIGHT, 5/18/15: Have you heard about Hadoop and big data? They’ve got a Cleveland meetup group gathering tonight, Monday, May 17, 2015 at 6pm. In addition to their regular agenda, Doug Cutting, co-creator of Hadoop, will be there. If you’re just dipping your toes into big data, getting involved in a Meetup group around the topic is a great start to your immersion.
TOMORROW, 5/19/15: If the meetup group isn’t quite for you, then come Tuesday morning (7:30am-9:00am) to the new Tinkham Veale Center at Case Western Reserve University to hear Doug. He’ll be addressing the audience at The Cleveland Big Data Business Breakfast. Hope to see you there!
WEDNESDAY, 5/20/15: An invite-only event at Jones Day, TechniCLE Speaking, will take place on Wednesday, May 20 and bring together business and government. The hope is to better connect the public and private sector around the potential of tech in our region. You can read more about it here. Although focused on for-private economic development aspects,the role of public-private partnerships that benefit the public sector needs air time too. The list of speakers can be seen here.
Fix 216 is a civic hackathon that will produce websites, apps, and/or tools that can facilitate open dialogue, idea generation, and awareness-building around public safety, excessive force and the Department of Justice consent decree in Cleveland.
You can read more about it and register from here. OpenNEO will be there.
The City Club of Cleveland gets in on it: One of our country’s very first municipal chief innovation officers was a 22 year old in a small town with a small budget. Now, his name and the name of that town – Dustin Haisler and Manor, TX, respectively – are synonymous with how to do more with less, but also with how to sustain changes in a bureaucratic culture once the people who led them move on. With Cuyahoga County looking for its first Chief Innovation Officer, this July 16, 2015 forum is a must-attend for those interested in getting to and sustaining the next level of good government, post-Cuyahoga County commissioners.