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Visible Government



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  • 1. Tools for Transparency
  • 2. SECRECY TRANSPARENCY  Lack of Accountability  Participation  Corruption  Oversight  Waste  Feedback  Cynicism  Trust
  • 3.  Only partially available online  Formatted as web page or PDF  Hard to search  Can’t subscribe  Can’t visualize  Can’t re-use
  • 4. Publishing Structured Data Visualization Feeds • Makes it easy to find new • Ability to subscribe to patterns. interesting data • Data streams can be ‘mashed’ in new ways. Collaborative Crowdsourcing Organization • Combines skills and input of • Tagging, Voting large numbers of people
  • 5. • Governments publish Governments data streams publish data streams • 3rd parties create tools for analysis and oversight 3rd Issues are Party Citizens monitor data • Citizens collaboratively resolved Tools streams monitor their government • Citizens detect issues, Issues are detected give feedback • Issues are resolved
  • 6.  Government has no incentive ▪ Usually has disincentive  Don’t want a single Why can’t the monolithic solution government do ▪ Want to allow evolution of best- everything? of-breed tools  Tools created by citizens, for citizens ▪ Ensure participation
  • 7.  Focus:  US Congress  California Legislature  Gives grants to online transparency tools  $3.5 M Seed
  • 8. A recent US Congress bill Groups for Groups bill against bill
  • 9. Votes Donations
  • 10. Publishing Structured Data Visualization Feeds • MAPLight makes relationship • MAPLight is a mashup of between money and votes data streams from different visible. sources. Collaborative Crowdsourcing Organization • Thousands of journalists, • Advocacy group tags advocates, and citizens can donating companies as browse data and flag issues. belonging to interest groups.
  • 11. People submit project ideas Core team defines tools Engine for Donation- Based 3rd Party Tool Development Web development groups bid for implementation Supporters donate to fund development
  • 12. Travel and Hospitality Expense Access to Information Request Database Front-End • Make it easy to sort and • Make it easy to file an access visualize expenses to information request • Make it easy to screen new • Collect statistics on requests expenses and response times • Highlight the areas that receive the most requests
  • 13. Advisors Volunteers Money • Technical • Planners • Donations Domain Experts, • Organizers • Grants Academics • Evangelists • Advocacy Groups • Journalists
  • 14. Jennifer Bell visiblegovernment.ca