This Week in Open, July 14, 2015

Nothing slowed down in open data news during our two-week hiatus so let’s jump right in.


Hot off the presses: Jackie Borchardt reports that the Ohio online checkbook is, “out of date.”

On the heels of a call for more disclosure by Common Cause Ohio, the Plain Dealer editorial board wants more regular and frequent campaign finance reporting in budget deliberation years.

Close to home and in advance of his presidential run announcement, the Columbus Dispatch offers a bleak review of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s record when it comes to open and transparent government.

On the national front, public sharing of responses to FOIA requests is about to be piloted by several federal agencies. According to the Sunlight Foundation, what’s required in the pilot goes beyond what’s been asked in modernization efforts. Results of the pilot will be made public as well.

Nextgov has posted the full video of their panel event, “The Rise of the Chief Data Officer.” Read this narrative of the event from Fierce CIO to learn about how this role differs from similarly sounding ones, and can make a difference in support of them.

How do we “increase civil society engagement around the data revolution” and determine “what should be measured and how”? The Open Knowledge Foundation just released this discussion paper, “Democratising the Data Revolution” ISO answers.

TONIGHT, JULY 14: Although you must register to attend (see here), OneCommunity hosts a happy hour focused on the Internet of Things at the Music Box Supper Club. Follow the live tweets as it happens from 4-7pm.

JULY 15: Join Cleveland’s Code for America Brigade, Open Cleveland, for its regular meet-up. You won’t be sorry.

LAST PLUG! PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY, JULY 16: Though just two days away, you can still get tickets to the City Club of Cleveland’s forum on how tech has and can affect the local government scene. The speaker, Dustin Haisler, has direct experience as a city Chief Innovation Officer and now plays a role in providing news and information for the benefit of those peers. Register here and use discount code OpenNEO15 for 20% off (if you register as a non-member).

JULY 17-19: Also just days away: Cleveland Give Camp is a civic hackathon to benefit nonprofits through assists from software developers, designers, and database administrators. All the details are here.

AUGUST 11: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel comes to Cleveland to speak about his effort to bring local government finances online. This event is likely to sell out so get your tickets now, and get your questions answered then. Register with the City Club 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.

SEPTEMBER 12-13: The Sunlight Foundation’s Transparency Camp happens in D.C. annually. Its unconference style maximizes the synergy when you bring together several hundred like-minded folks. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 26-27: The first-ever Cleveland Medical Hackathon gets nice press in this article. Learn more about it from its very nice-looking website!

Let us know about your events and we will include them!


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