This Week in Open, August 18, 2015

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

This Week in Open, August 5, 2015

NEWS: 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…

See the Ohio Treasurer online checkbook request the Controlling Board approved for $2.7M

Yesterday, the Ohio Controlling Board approved a nearly $3 million two-year contract with for-profit tech start up, OpenGov Inc. of California to assist the Ohio Treasurer’s office in its effort to bring Ohioans “checkbook level” transparency for our local governments. From one article: The treasurer’s office requested $1.3 million this fiscal year and $1.425 million the following year to pay…

Coming to the Republican Debate in Cleveland? Get the Historical App

Now available for iPhone and Android: Cleveland Historical is a free mobile app that puts Cleveland history at your fingertips. Developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Historical lets you explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped the city’s history. Learn about the region through layered, map-based, multimedia presentations, use…

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 NEWS: Hot off the presses: Jackie Borchardt reports that the Ohio online checkbook is, “out of date.”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