Category: Open data

The death penalty and open data

One of the most memorable lectures I sat through in law school occurred in my first year criminal law class. The professor was grilling us on the reasons why anyone might support the death penalty. We came up with seven or eight, maybe nine. And while they weren’t mutually exclusive, some of them had nothing to do with any of…

This Week in Open

This week’s news roundup and events list brings more than just graduations and pollen. To keep up with the growing open data ecosystem in Northeast Ohio, sign up for our blog feed, follow us on Twitter or visit and like us on Facebook. NEWS: In honor of Memorial Day, please check out the Veterans Affairs open data portal. Its features…

[audio] Data Transparency Coalition on Darrell Issa’s MADOFF Transparency Act

As noted yesterday, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Making All Data Open for Financial* Transparency Act, or the MADOFF Transparency Act. Although not too much has been written yet about H.R.2477, Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of one of the Act’s main supporters, the Data Transparency Coalition, gave a nice, tight interview about it. You can listen in full…

BREAKING: Brian Kelley, Crain’s CIO of the Year 2015, to testify for DataOhio bill (HB 130)

While legislation (HB 46) to make the State Treasurer’s open checkbook permanent has moved on from passage in the Ohio House to hearings in the Senate, another set of transparency practices related to standardizing government open data of all kinds will get support at an Ohio House State Government Committee meeting today at 2pm from Portage County Chief Information Officer,…

Issa’s new MADOFF Transparency Act for financial reporting would affect municipalities 

It can’t have been easy to come up with an acronym for the bill U.S. Representative Darrell Issa is introducing today in Congress that would create “…a broad mandate for open data throughout U.S. financial regulatory reporting.” But someone got clever and did and poof, we have the Making All Data Open for Financial* Transparency Act, or MADOFF Transparency Act. According…

Storify wrapup of Doug Cutting at Case Western Reserve University, May 19, 2015

The Tinkham Veale University Center hosted 240 people on Tuesday, 5/19/15, to hear Doug Cutting, co-creator of Hadoop, talk about the triumphs and challenges of big data. Please check out the Storify created by using Tweets with the hashtag #clebigdata. It does a nice job of revealing what he shared today. Many thanks to OneCommunity for its convening of this…