Connecting to state data using OpenMissouri.org

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OpenMissouri.org is a platform that helps journalists and citizens find data that's held offline by state and and local government agencies.

OpenMissouri.org is a platform that helps journalists and citizens find data that's held offline by state and and local government agencies.

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  • 1. David Herzog Reynolds Journalism Institute 2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow @OpenMissouri
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    • Inform  Missourians about public data held by government agencies
    • Inspire  journalists, citizens, web developers, entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profits to access and use public data in ways that enhance their civic, professional and personal lives
    • Serve  as a platform that connects people who are using data from state and local government agencies
    • Educate  Missourians about how they can access and use public data
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    • U.S. government transparency
    • Culture of sharing
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    • How do we use simple, freely available technology to connect people with state and local data?
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    • Catalog: More than 250 data sets listed
    • Department listing: 20 state agencies
    • User community: 105 registered users
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    • Sunshine request generator
    • Suggest a data set
    • Sample data
    • Commenting
    • Social-media sharing tools
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    • Built in Rails, an open-source web framework
    • Other open-source or Web 2.0 components
      • WordPress for blogging
      • MailChimp for email campaigns
      • Disqus for commenting
      • AddThis social bookmarking
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    • Pilot with Spring 2010 computer-assisted reporting class
    • Two master’s graduate research assistants canvassed top-level state agencies 2010-2011 school year for offline database inventories
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    • Agencies
    • Sunshine contact info
    • Data sets
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    • Database name
    • Description
    • Format in which data is stored
    • Time span covered by data
    • Update frequency
    • Cost
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    • Before posting
      • Verified all information about agencies
      • Reviewed information about databases
    • After posting
      • Sent links to agency staff after data sets listed
      • Work in progress. Update as needed to maintain accuracy and timeliness
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    • Generate Sunshine request letters
    • Suggest data that we should add
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    • Add cities and counties
    • Add links to data
      • Files
      • Live feeds (XML, APIs)
  • 22.
    • Made platform available open source
    • Initiatives in other state
    • Software as a service (SAAS) model
    • Exploring funding to grow
  • 23.
    • Contact David Herzog
      • [email_address]
      • Twitter: @davidherzog
      • Twitter: @openmissouri
      • (573) 882-2127