[audio & video] Hackers, organizers and open data advocates take on Cleveland

A great morning on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas today with Hack Cleveland folks Aliya Rahman, Nicole Thomas and Indigo Bishop, plus myself and Ryan Sibley from the Sunlight Foundation. Thank you, Mike McIntyre and David C. Barnett. For your listening enjoyment:   Or you can watch us in the studio here (scroll toward the bottom of the page). Although…

CALL IN TOMORROW: The Sound of Ideas will highlight civic hacking

The role public open data plays in strengthening our communities, especially in the hands of community members, gets a radio-hour’s worth of attention tomorrow: On WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas, 9:00am on 90.3: From crumbling roads to collecting trash to fighting crime, there are a lot of challenges facing communities, What if technology could help solve the problems? Now, you…

This Week in Open

Northeast Ohio had a busy week in data news. This Week in Open will keep you in the know as our local ecosystem grows – hopefully to include you! How? By signing up for our blog feed, following us on Twitter or visiting and liking us on Facebook. This week’s roundup of news and upcoming events highlights the expanding media…

Coming to Cleveland: National Day of Civic Hacking, June 6, 2015

The National Day of Civic Hacking 2015 is Saturday, June 6. The theme chosen by NDOCH’s organizer, Code for America, is Principles for 21st Century Government. In Cleveland, our Code for America Bridage, Open Cleveland, will be the hub for NDOCH activities. You can see the details here but the basics are: When: Saturday, June 6 from 10am-4pm Where: Cleveland…

[video] Open, transparent government goes beyond financial transparency

That’s the message that can be heard in the comments both Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio, and I shared with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau’s Karen Kasler in this week’s The State of Ohio. We come on around 10 or 11 minutes into the program after Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Karen discusses the Ohio online checkbook with him and…

[audio]: Open data advocates are greedy

This morning, WCPN broadcast a four-minute story, “Open Data Advocates Like Ohio Transparency Moves, But Want More.” That is exactly right. From the transcript: There’s an increasing amount of information online about what government is doing. And for data nerds, public spending watchdogs or the unapologetically nosy, it’s exciting. But while open data advocates are happy with what’s being offered,…