This Week in Open

Northeast Ohio had a busy week in data news. This Week in Open will keep you in the know as our local ecosystem grows – hopefully to include you! How? By signing up for our blog feed, following us on Twitter or visiting and liking us on Facebook.

This week’s roundup of news and upcoming events highlights the expanding media coverage of open data and opportunities that raise awareness about its presence and purpose in every day life. Did we miss something you know about? Let us know!


On May 26, we received the official announcement of the United States Department of Justice consent decree with the City of Cleveland. This settlement, aimed at the police department, contains extensive requirements related to data collection, analysis and use that align with open data best practices. Implementation will, of course, be key. It’s already controversial. Follow OpenNEO as we unpack what’s expected.

Did you hear the sound of open data wafting over the airwaves in this ideastream story? Or see it discussed on public television as The State of Ohio hosted our own Jill Miller Zimon and Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio? The reportage is growing (check out the EVENTS section below for more!).

Hack Cleveland’s first event, #Fix216, brought together more than 70 developers, community members and good government advocates on May 29 and 30. Watch OpenNEO for a Storify of the very successful hackathon. You can see one of its creations in this Cleveland consent decree Wikipedia entry.

The bulk collection of United States residents’ telephone data expired at midnight Sunday, May 31. Edward Snowden’s work led to this result but Congress and the President have plans to get around it. Let us know what you think on Twitter @openneo.


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JUNE 2: Tomorrow (Tuesday), WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas will explore Hack Cleveland’s Fix 216 civic hackathon and the environment we’re growing around open data locally. Check here for the blurb, the guest list and how to connect with the show during its broadcast.

JUNE 3: Cleveland’s got its own Code for America Brigade, Open Cleveland, and they meet this Wednesday. Learn more here.

JUNE 6: Just a few days until the National Day of Civic Hacking! The Cleveland Public Library (CPL) will be ground zero for Cleveland NDOCH activities, 10am-4pm. Many thanks to Open Cleveland (our area’s Code for America Brigade) for planning hands-on civic hacking projects for kids and adults. Read more and sign up here.

JUNE 6: At the same time (but ending at 6pm), in the same place, you can experience Cleveland’s Mini Maker Faire. It’s powered by CPL and Ingenuity Festival. Innovation, creativity and sharing what you’re learning and, of course, making, will be on display for the day. Learn more here.

JUNE 10: There’s big potential in open data related to sustainability issues. So it’s great to see Clean Water, Powered by PechaKucha coming up next Wednesday from 5:30-8:00pm at the Music Box Supper Club (1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113). Read more here.

JUNE 11: Where’s all that data GO? Come to the grand opening of ByteGrid’s Cleveland Data Center – 330,000 square feet of it – from 3pm-6pm. It’s free and bound to be an unique learning experience. Sign up here.

JUNE 13: Father-Daughter Hack Day anyone? Presented by HER Ideas in Motion, it’s from 9:30 am – 1:30pm at the LeanDog (1151 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH, 44114 – boat docked at Burke Lakefront Airport. FREE parking but there’s a fee for your duo). Register here.

JULY 16: Do you like deals? Then lucky you, the discount for the City Club of Cleveland’s forum featuring Dustin Haisler is still active! Haisler is a leader in the public sector when it comes to the use of tech for good and better government. Register as a nonmember, then use the discount code OpenNEO15 and get 20% off.

Do you know of open data-oriented events that should be publicized? Let us know and we will.


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