Open Data and Policy: Today and Tomorrow
Rebecca Williams
Municipal Policy Analyst
@internetrebecca
#OpenDataNJ 2014
Policy
Technology
Reporting
Making & using
open government
data since 2006
Past: Reactive open government data
… (eventually) leads to Impact
http://openstates.org
●Data sourced from
all 50 state
legislatures; DC,
Puerto Rico
●Search state bills,
legislators, vote...
http://openstates.org
Made with the
API:
http://openstates.org/reportcard
NJ got a “B” in the Open States report card
http://scout.sunlightfoundation.com
Iterative tools reusing open data:
http://scout.sunlightfoundation.com
Tracking new open data laws w/ open data
http://sunlightfoundation.com/policy/opendatamap
2006-2014;
30+ general
open data
policies, 7
this year
Open Data Policies
a taxonomy
Varying Legal
Authority
Varying Scopes &
Goals
Legislation Beefed up Right-to-know
laws; #Op...
http://sunlightfoundation.com/opendataguidelines
A plug for: strong, thoughtful
open data policies
Future: Proactive open government data
… leads to (more) Impact (faster)
Impacts of proactive open data
• Engagement
• Civic Legibility
• Public Safety
• Cost Savings
Open data can change policy.
Open data can really change policy.
Policy
Technology
Reporting
Making & using
open government
data since 2006
www.sunlightfoundation.com/policy/local
rwilliams@sunlightfoundation.com
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Rebecca Williams of the Sunlight Foundation reviews Open Data policy in the US at Open Data NJ on May 15, 2014.

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  1. 1. Open Data and Policy: Today and Tomorrow Rebecca Williams Municipal Policy Analyst @internetrebecca #OpenDataNJ 2014
  2. 2. Policy Technology Reporting Making & using open government data since 2006
  3. 3. Past: Reactive open government data … (eventually) leads to Impact
  4. 4. http://openstates.org ●Data sourced from all 50 state legislatures; DC, Puerto Rico ●Search state bills, legislators, votes ●Access and reuse the data with an open API ●5 yrs total to make Opening government data: an example
  5. 5. http://openstates.org Made with the API:
  6. 6. http://openstates.org/reportcard NJ got a “B” in the Open States report card
  7. 7. http://scout.sunlightfoundation.com Iterative tools reusing open data:
  8. 8. http://scout.sunlightfoundation.com Tracking new open data laws w/ open data
  9. 9. http://sunlightfoundation.com/policy/opendatamap 2006-2014; 30+ general open data policies, 7 this year
  10. 10. Open Data Policies a taxonomy Varying Legal Authority Varying Scopes & Goals Legislation Beefed up Right-to-know laws; #OpenFOIL Executive Orders General Administrative Memos Specific: tax, law, GIS, budget data; webcasting IT ad hoc internal policies Open gov plans Terms of Use Open source plans
  11. 11. http://sunlightfoundation.com/opendataguidelines A plug for: strong, thoughtful open data policies
  12. 12. Future: Proactive open government data … leads to (more) Impact (faster)
  13. 13. Impacts of proactive open data • Engagement • Civic Legibility • Public Safety • Cost Savings
  14. 14. Open data can change policy.
  15. 15. Open data can really change policy.
  16. 16. Policy Technology Reporting Making & using open government data since 2006
  17. 17. www.sunlightfoundation.com/policy/local rwilliams@sunlightfoundation.com

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