Author: Beth Sebian

Op-ed: More local government transparency needed for Ohio campaign finance data

The following oped appeared in the print version of The Plain Dealer on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (yeah, Sunday circulation!), and online here at cleveland.com. Please share your thoughts about it there or below, and thanks to the editorial page editors for selecting this important content. At a public meeting in Oakland, California, early in 2014, an analyst with the city’s…

SaaS What?!? A Non-Technologist’s Guide to Picking the Right Open Data Portal

What is the right open data portal platform for our needs in Northeast Ohio? Code for America’s Field Guide thankfully reminded me that before answering the “What?” we should clarify the “Why?” We want to open data in NEO in order to foster data-driven decision making, improve the relationship between citizens and government, and develop engaging technology that will make Cleveland a more livable city.“ To be…