This Week in Open, August 18, 2015

Education is in the news, and not just because school is back in session for many students.


While improvement in state-level financial transparency was on display at the City Club last week as Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel demo’d an online checkbook (our Storify gives a good look at the highlights), the Sunlight Foundation has given Ohio a “D” when it comes to transparency in our state lobbying disclosure.

That grade figures into how a lack of transparency at the Ohio Department of Education has fueled multiple editorials: State Board of Education should keep pressing for answers on state’s attempted online-school favors and Kasich should appoint special panel to study state board of education.

On the other hand, the 200+ applicants for the Cleveland Community Police Commission (required by the Cleveland Consent Decree) are publicized here, and the 23 applicants to serve as the consent decree monitor are here. The applications for the latter aren’t online that we’ve been able to find. Correct us if we’re wrong by sending a link – and thank you! Selections should be announced in the Fall.

Did you know that absentee ballots are already out for the September 8 primary? Check the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections here (or your county’s BOE website) for more information. The amount of public information available through a BOE is quite staggering depending on how you use it.

Brad Nellis, of COSE’s OHTec, offers a great recap of Cleveland’s GiveCamp effort last month in, “GiveCamp Crushes Support for Local Non-Profits Again in 2015.”

President Obama’s Tech Hire program has anointed Akron as a city that will benefit from the program.

And last but not least, this Crain’s Cleveland Business story about the increase in ordinary Clevelanders using Waze demonstrates why the more you know about open data, the more you are likely to engage with it and help your community benefit from it.


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AUGUST 26: Open Cleveland’s regular, public, free meetup. Starts at 6pm at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH (map)

AUGUST 31: Akron Women in Tech is celebrating its one-year anniversary at the awesome NIghtlight Cinema venue in Akron. If you can’t make that, consider checking out what they’re up to and attend one of their gatherings.

SEPTEMBER 12-13: Feast your eyes on these potential session offerings for Transparency Camp. You can vote on them now and attend them when you go to this Sunlight Foundation unconference. You can still register here.

SEPTEMBER 21: Fred Talks comes to The City Club of Cleveland with the topic, How to Build a Digital Economy in Cleveland.” Developing a strong IT economy is a smart move, but we also must nurture smart citizens along with the economy. With 2.5 hours, we should be able to cover it all!

SEPTEMBER 26-27: With a deadline of September 2, you’ve still got time to put your name in if you want to be a part of Cleveland’s first-ever medical hackathon. Get involved here.

OCTOBER 3-4: Ingenuity Cleveland’s 11th Ingenuity Fest is just around the corner. Read its FAQs and follow their tweets to stay up to date.

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