This Week in Open, August 5, 2015


Many thanks to everyone who came to the City Club forum on July 16th to hear about how cities should embrace disruptive technology. If you missed Dustin Haisler’s fact-packed presentation and excellent Q&A, you can (and should!) watch it here.

The opening of Cleveland transit data got media love last month.

The Ohio Controlling Board approved a $2.7 million two-year contract with OpenGov Inc. to further “checkbook-level” financial transparency. The Ohio Treasurer’s office will be required to promote it to local governments around the state.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its first set of participants in What Works Cities, a $42 million initiative. The eight mayors have, “publicly committed to enhance their use of data and evidence in order to improve services, inform local decision making and engage citizens.” None are in Ohio.

Open data use shows up in several of the elections-focused Knight Foundation News Challenge winners. (The civility-oriented Up for Debate Ohio! is back.)


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TONIGHT, AUGUST 5: Open Cleveland (our Code for America Brigade) holds its regularly-scheduled free and open to the public meetup, at the Levin College of Urban Affairs (1717 Euclid). Start time is 6pm.

AUGUST 11: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel comes to the City Club next week to explain and answer questions about putting government finances online. There’s still time to register here. OpenNEO is proud to be a Community Sponsor of the event.

AUGUST 18: Philanthropy Ohio hosts Brett Goldstein who will speak on Developing Data-Driven Solutions. As Senior Fellow in Urban Science at Chicago Harris, Goldstein, “…advises governments and major universities around the world on how to use data to inform smarter government decision-making….” Register here.

AUGUST 26: On the corporate side, how to maximize big data will be highlighted at Amplify: Big Data Unlocking the CMO and CIO Partnership to Make Big Data More Actionable.

SEPTEMBER 12-13: Fast approaching, The Sunlight Foundation’s Transparency Camp will be an updated version of their unconference, focused on disinfecting government with sunshine. Read and register here.

SEPTEMBER 26-27: The first-ever medical hackathon in our region is still looking for applications. It’s an idea whose time has come. Get involved here.

Need an event mentioned? If it’s about open data, we would love to include it!



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