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Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
Civic data and open government: How you and your organization can get involved
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  • 1. Civic  data  and  open  government:   How  you  and  your  organiza6on  can   get  involved   Susan  Mernit   Community  Engagement:  Digital   Strategies  for  Local  Funders  Workshop   July  2014  
  • 2. 3  things  we’ll  talk  about:   How  partnerships  between  technologists   and  city,  county,  state  and  federal   governments  are  providing  greater   transparency  and  accountability,  more   access  to  data  for  ci6zens,  and  cost-­‐saving   new  tools.   Examples  where  community  founda6ons   have  goMen  involved  in  open  government   projects   Resources  to  use  to  get  started   2  All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com  
  • 3. Civic  hacking,  open  data   and  Gov.2  are  happening…   everywhere.  
  • 4. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   4   • San  Francisco  has  the  first  Chief  InnovaDon   Officer  in  the  country—who  launched  SF  as   an  open  data  city   • Oakland  passed  a  resoluDon  to  support   data  transparency  in  ALL  departments   • Code  for  America,  MapLight  &  GovFresh   all  started  in  the  Bay  area  
  • 5. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   5   Open  government  projects  are   happening  all  over  the   country,  with  successful  ones   in  many  places,  including:   • Chicago,  IL   • New  Orleans,  LA   • New  York,  New  York   • Washington,  DC   • Raleigh,  NC   • Gary,  IN  
  • 6. QuesDons  to  check  in  on  before  we  go  farther:   • What  is  open  data  and  open  government  exactly?   • What’s  the  benefit  to  my  organiza:on  &     my  community  to  get  involved?  
  • 7. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   7   “Transparency  promotes  accountability   and  provides  informa6on  for  ci6zens  about   what  their  Government  is  doing.”    -­‐-­‐White   House  
  • 8. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   8   We’re  talking  a   “Open  data  is  data  that  can  be  freely  used,  reused  and   redistributed  by  anyone  –  subject  only,  at  most,  to  the   requirement  to  aMribute  and  sharealike.”-­‐-­‐OpenDefini6on.org    
  • 9. The  US  Government  has  more   than  40,000  datasets  available   at  data.gov,  and  just  about   every  state  has  a  data   repository  now.   Local  coun6es,  big  ci6es  and   even  smaller  ci6es  are  also   ge^ng  involved.  
  • 10. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   10   Hashtags  to  watch  for:    #opengov,  #opendata,  #gov2.0     Related:  #citycamp  #github    #tbarcamp  
  • 11. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   11   Open  government  projects  oVen  pair  city   officials  with  highly  skilled  volunteers  and   other  community  members  to  solve  problems   in  ways  government  could  not  on  their  own.   EXAMPLE  1:     Open  Budget  Oakland   Read  &  understand  the    $1B  Oakland  city  budget   hMp://openbudgetoakland.org   Prototype:  3  days   Full  development:  1  year   Version  2.0  underway   Who  was  involved?   City  of  Oakland,  Code  for  America,   Open  Oakland  brigade  volunteers,     East  Bay  Economic  Development     Associa6on  
  • 12. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   12   Example  2:  How’s  Business  Chicago  from  Open  City  Apps   hMp://howsbusinesschicago.org/   This  is  one  of  several  apps  built  by  a  very  skilled  volunteer  team   using  city  data.   OpenCityApps.org  hosts  a  weekly  Open  Gov  hack  night  and   creates  free,   Open  source  projects  that  others  can  implement  elsewhere.  
  • 13. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   13   Other  projects  from  Open  City  Apps  include   hMp://opencityapps.org/   Chicago  CouncilmaDc:   Interac6ve     App  showing  what  legisla6on   the  City   Council  has  been  passing   CAPSure:  Alerts  for  community   police   Mee6ngs   2nd  City  Zoning:  Guide  to  your   neighborhood  from  a  planning   perspec6ve   And  many  more!   IMPACT:  HUGE.  High  usage  of  some  apps,  big   press  awareness,  lots  of  momentum.  
  • 14. hMp://www.crimeinchicago.org/   CHICAGO:  “We  wanted  to  illustrate  a  bigger  picture  out  and   visualize  trends  because  crime  is  a  social  phenomenon.  To   understand  it,  you  need  to  observe  how  it  varies  across  the   city  and  changes  over  6me.”  
  • 15. hMp://www.donteat.at/   NEW  YORK:  Donteat.at  parses  the   weekly-­‐updated  public  data  in  NYC   data  for  flagged  establishments  and   keeps  an  updated  list  of  violators   users  can  access  on  their  phone.  
  • 16. Who’s  riding  and  where   do  they  start?   NYC:  Ci6  Bike  data    and  gender    by  usage   and  start  loca6on—   NYU  grad  student  with   NYC  data   NEW  YORK:  “32%  of  CiD  Bike  riders  are  women  and  68%  are  men.”   “…Women  preferred  the  Brooklyn  residenDal  neighborhoods  of  Fort   Greene  and  Clinton  Hill…men  were  overwhelmingly  represented  in   Manhagan.”  
  • 17. Other  projects   Civic  organizaDons,  local  government  &   economic  development  orgs  are  partnering  with  techies  &   the  community    to  make  change.  
  • 18. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   18   Community  FoundaDons  in  some  ciDes  are  very   involved.   Hawaii  Community  FoundaDon  and  Open   Data  Hawaii  worked  together  last  fall   To  encourage  ALL  candidates  running   For  Mayor  to  sign  a  pledge  to  vow  to  make   Honolulu  City  Government  transparent   and  to  follow  the  prac6ces  of  open   government.   The  candidates  all  signed—and  Open  Data   Hawaii  says  they  are  working  with  the  CF   to  “push  these  ini6a6ves  forward,   changing  policy    and  crea6ng   opportuni6es  for  tomorrow’s  ci6zens  and   entrepreneurs.”  
  • 19. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   19   In  Oregon,  the  Meyer  Memorial  Trust,  Oregon’s  largest  community   foundaDon,  built  a  new  plalorm  to  connect  engage  ciDzens  with   policy  &  non-­‐profits   For  Oregon  Unlimited,  launched   March  2013,  the  MMT  leased  a   plamorm  that  allows  complete   connec6vity,  community  and   discussion  of  civic  projects.   They  use  it  as  both  an  economic   development  engine  and  a  community   connector.  hMps://www.oregonunlimited.org  
  • 20. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   20   Oregon  Unlimited  is  a  follow  up  to  Ideas4Oregon,  a  2010   contest  for  a  “million  dollar”  idea  that  got   more  than  200  entries  and  promised   to  spend  up  to  $1MM  to  bring  the   best  one  to  life.   That  project  was  built  on  top  of  another   commercial  plamorm  called  UserVoice;  they   open  sourced  the  ideas  so  everyone  could   see  them  (just  like  Knight  Founda6on  oqen     does  with  their  compe66ons.)   www.ideas4oregon.org/  
  • 21. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   21   Building  a  transparent  process  with  local  government  &   community   In  South  Wood  County  MI,  the  local  community  founda6on,   IncourageCF,  purchased  the  now-­‐shuMered  newspaper   building  and  is  conduc6ng  a     community-­‐outreach    process  around  what  to  do  with  it.   hMp://www.tribunebuilding.org/  
  • 22. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   22   “Managing  a  resident-­‐centered,  resident-­‐led  design   process  entrusts  decision-­‐making  to  the  community  and   invites  everyone  to  par6cipate.  It  requires  more  6me,   effort  and  resources  than  unilateral  decision-­‐making.     We’re  asking  community  members  to  determine  its  end   use.  “—InCourageCF  CEO   So,  what’s  the  takeaway?    
  • 23. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   23   How  could  civic  engagement  processes,   open  data,  open  government  and  your   mission  in  your  city  fit  together?   Who  are  natural  partners?   Where  do  you  see  risks  &  challenges?   How  would  you/will  you  address  them?   Discussion  
  • 24. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   24   Discussion  break:  What  kind  of  apps  would  you  like  to   see  your  community  build  if     you  had  access  to  the  data  and  people  with  the  skills?  
  • 25. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   25   How  to  get  involved  (go  ahead,   jump  in!)   Agend  a  civic  engagement  meet-­‐ up,  a  Bar  Camp,  or  a  CFA  Brigade   meeDng  in  your  town  and  meet   folks.   Talk  to  your  city’s  IT  department   and  lead  officials  about  making   data  available  in  usable  forms    
  • 26. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   26   The  latest  Knight   Community   InformaDon  Challenge   funded  10  civic   engagement/open   government  projects   that  each  involve  a  CF   CiDes  include  Lexington,   KY,  Chaganooga,  TN,   Gary,  IN,  Boston,  MA,   New  Orleans,  LA,  and   others.   Dreaming  of  local  data……  
  • 27. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   27   Resources   NATIONAL   Sunlight  FoundaDon,  hMp://sunlighmounda6on.com/   Broadly  focused,  na6onal  non-­‐profit  focused  on  suppor6ng  every   aspect  of  government  transparency.     Code  for  America,  hMp://codeforamerica.org     The  “peace  core”  for  open  government  tech,  having  a  huge  impact   through  fellows’  programs,  support  for  city  government  projects,  and   volunteer  brigades.   Business  case  for  open  data   hMp://project-­‐open-­‐data.github.io/business-­‐case/   City  Camp:  hMp://citycamp.govfresh.com/   How  to  start  a  City  Camp  and  how  to  affiliate.  
  • 28. All  rights  reserved.  susanmernit.com   28   Learning  &  Tools   NaDonal  Network  Indicators  Project,   hMp://www.neighborhoodindicators.org/   Long-­‐established  network  of  data-­‐driven  non-­‐profits  using  local  data   and  analy6cs  for  policy  planning  and  program  development.   Open  Government  stories  on  GitHub,  hMp://government.github.com/   Space  to  share  and  read  stories  about  #opengov  and  #open  data   projects   Civic  Hacking  in  Pursuit  of  Democracy   hMp://goo.gl/vupcnX     Open  government:  Data  of  the  people,  for  the  people  |  McKinsey  &   Company  hMp://bit.ly/1k2COyk    
  • 29. VIDEO  RESOURCES—FOR  SHARING   Jennifer  Pahlka:  Coding  a  beger  government   hMp://goo.gl/LTHzwB     How  City  of  Chicago  uses  open  standards  and  predicDve   analyDcs  for  innovaDve  urban  management   hMp://bit.ly/UvOWvU   The  open  data  movement  in  California:   hMps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuQVoDpFR84    
  • 30. Let  me  know  how  it  goes!   Susan  Mernit,  smernit@gmail.com  

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