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 NEWS: Hot off the presses: Jackie Borchardt reports that the Ohio online checkbook is, “out of date.”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

This Week in Open

This Week in Open highlights the stems and stalks growing in our Northeast Ohio open data ecosystem. To learn more about how it’s progress, sign up for the blog feed, follow us on Twitter or visit and like our Facebook page. Maybe you’ve seen growth we’ve missed – let us know and we’ll include info about it too. NEWS: Our…

Data-driven suicide prevention looks promising

According to a new study, an algorithm to help prevent suicide, and works like a cholesterol number works to prevent heart disease, holds hope for bringing down veteran suicide rates. From the New York Times (again!): In a study published Thursday in The American Journal of Public Health, researchers reported that a computer algorithm using hundreds of variables among millions…