This Week in Open

This Week in Open highlights the stems and stalks growing in our Northeast Ohio open data ecosystem. To learn more about how it’s progress, sign up for the blog feed, follow us on Twitter or visit and like our Facebook page. Maybe you’ve seen growth we’ve missed – let us know and we’ll include info about it too.

NEWS:

Our roadtrip to the Ohio House State Government Committee for House Bill 130 went well. You can read everyone’s testimony here. Hopefully, these provisions, which would create a DataOhio Board, provide funding for local governments to pursue open data practices, and set data standards, will pass and go to the Senate.

The just-released Health Improvement Plan-Cuyahoga or HIP-C will depend upon data collection and analysis to track its progress. It’s a large collaborative effort that anticipates having a big impact on our region’s health.

It’s looking more and more like Ohio will get online voter registration. What do you think? People’s voting records are already mostly open (except for who you’ve specifically voted for!).

We continue to augment the Cleveland Consent Decree Wikipedia page, one direct outcome from Hack Cleveland’s Fix 216. What other information should be included? If you’ve got an account, you can help flesh it out! Just visit the page and start editing.

Speaking of the Fix 216 civic hackathon, Fresh Water Cleveland published this great narrative about it, and Mansfield Frazier’s radio program, The Forum, engaged with a couple of its organizers. Well worth the listen here.

If you like competitions, the Accela Construct App Challenge launched. If you can answer this question in the affirmative, it might be for you: “Got an idea for an app that opens up government data and makes it available to citizens?” Ends July 24th. Read more here.

EVENTS:

JUNE 15 (aka TONIGHT!): HAPPY HOUR RETURNS! Convened by Open Cleveland, our region’s Code for America Brigade, it will be at the 16-Bit Bar Arcade, 15012 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. More details here.

JUNE 24: Follow up the happy hour by dropping into Open Cleveland’s regular meetup. It goes from 6pm to 9pm and is held at the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Read more here.

  • YOUR EVENT WITH US? An increasing number of organizations have been asking us to talk with them about open data – what it is, why we’d want and what it can do. Maybe the next organization or group is yours? Let us know how we can help.

JULY 16: The City Club of Cleveland’s forum featuring Dustin Haisler, a former Texas community CIO, is a month away. Haisler deployed open data in and on behalf of the public sector. Please join us to learn more by registering now. If you register as a nonmember, you can use discount code OpenNEO15 for 20% off.

JULY 17-19: Cleveland Give Camp is a civic hackathon that benefits nonprofits through the donation of time and talent from software developers, designers, and database administrators. Read more here to see if it’s for you or someone you know.

AUGUST 11: The Ohio Treasurer wants Ohio’s local government’s financial information online with its office. What’s it all about? Come get your questions answered when the City Club hosts Treasurer Josh Mandel for a forum titled, “Government Transparency in the 21st Century.”

Because it’s never to early to plan:

FALL 2015 The Cleveland Health and Wellness Hackathon is coming. Check out their plans and how you can get involved here.

SEPTEMBER 12-13: Transparency Camp, held in D.C. and hosted by The Sunlight Foundation, epitomizes the best in the unconference, mash-up movement of tech, democracy, good government, the public and our electeds. Read more here.

What open data events are you thinking about? Let us know and we will share!

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