OpenData: What, Why & How? In Alameda County Steve Spiker (GISP) Director of Research + Technology Urban Strategies Council
overview •Opendata? •Why it matters for Alameda County •Benefits and Gains •What it looks like •Internal Benefits/Improvements •How? •Hackathons & Community Use •InfoAlameda
Urban Strategies Council… A social impact organization. Uses research, policy, collaboration, innovation and advocacy to achieve equity and social justice. www.urbanstrategies.org
Our OpenData Initiative Supporting East Bay government agencies. Support from Code for America & CivicCommons.org Requested support from Nate Miley Focused on internal gov benefits and wider community
What is Open___? •OpenGovernment •OpenSource •OpenStandards •OpenData… http://opendatahandbook.org
What is OpenData“increase public access to highvalue, machine readable datasetsgenerated by government”•Makes all PUBLIC data available to the PUBLIC•Next step in eGov “Opendata is rocket fuel for innovation” Former US CTO Vivek Kundra
What is OpenData10 Principles: •Complete •Primacy •Timely •Ease of Physical & Electronic Access •Machine readable •Non-discriminatory •Open standards •Licensed openly •Permanent •Free
What is OpenData not?Never: •Confidential information •Personal information like health records •Violates local, state or federal laws
Why Alameda?•Internal data sharing process•Strong, growing tech community•https://data.sfgov.org/•Code for Oakland
Opendata Benefits•Innovation•Improved efficiency of government services•Improved effectiveness of government services•Impact measurement of policies•New knowledge from combined data sources
Opendata Benefits•One Stop portal for all gov data!•Reduced requests for custom data•Real engagement opportunity•Supports transparent, open government
Opendata BenefitsInteroperability!Agency A installs new case mgmt system- with anOpenData API (connection, feed) Agency B installs new recording system- simply pulls Agency A data through OPEN feed encourages the use of standards, OPEN standards!
Opendata BenefitsInteroperability- 5 years later!Agency A wants to update a second system Because prior system used an OPEN standard- no legacy tools or coding needed- just connect!
What OpenData looks likeCounty A County B•Open, free parcel data •No public/costly parcel data•Open, free foreclosure data •Costly foreclosure data•Open, free business permit data •No public business permit data•Open, free social service data •Closed social service data Where would you… •Consider investing in affordable housing development? •Consider locating a new business? •Consider funding community initiatives? •Expect more robust grants from?
How Opendata looks Yelp + Restaurant Health Inspections? Crimespotting + Sheriffs crime reports?
Opendata in Alameda•One place to get the right supervisorial boundaries•One place to share and accessforeclosure, property, tax data•Open county 211 data- one copy of all social serviceagencies- to drive multiple websites and apps•Massively improve access to information for newbusinesses, building and development projects
Framework Mobile Apps Engagement Compliance Tools Report or Website Civic Tech Solutions Analyst, Man Open ager, Progra Data Site mmer API or extraction routine InfoAlameda Dept A Dept B Database Database INTERNAL!
Implementation•Guidelines & standards for which datasets to publish•Technical requirements for publishing data•Guidelines for departments to follow in developing open data plans•Selecting/developing generic licenses for data•Consider rules for putting data sets into new IT contracts•Solicit comments from public before implementation
Implementation1. Keep it simple2. Engage early and engage often3. Address common fears & misunderstandings
Who Can Use Opendata Code for Oakland- hackathons!Photo Credit: Flickr user hackNY
InfoAlamedaCounty.org•Web based mapping platform•Data visualization•Full export of all data!•Platform for publishing research, data, maps•Built in partnership with ACPHD•Free- open to anyone•viewer.infoalamedacounty.org