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How to Evangelize and Implement an Open Government Initiative


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From the perspective of Internet professionals and Webmasters, learn more about open government initiatives and how to implement change in your organization.

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How to Evangelize and Implement an Open Government Initiative

  1. 1. How to Evangelize and Implement an Open Government Initiative Leslie Labrecque, City of Boulder, CO Sean Hudson, City of Arvada, CO
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Open Government? </li></ul><ul><li>Why me? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I Get Buy-In? </li></ul><ul><li>Where Do I Get Started? </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase OpenColorado </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  3. 8. Get Buy-In <ul><li>Go to anyone within your organization that will listen. The usual suspects might include: </li></ul><ul><li>Public Information Office (PIO) </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology (IT) </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping Professionals (GIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul>
  4. 9. Get Buy-In You don’t have to get everyone to buy-in to your initiative, just the folks that could kill it.
  5. 10. Get Buy-In <ul><li>Do your research. Metrics and case studies are readily available. Start here: </li></ul><ul><li>Sunlight Foundation ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenPlans ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenColorado ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Code for America ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>CityCamp ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>GovFresh ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>GovLoop ( ) </li></ul>
  6. 11. Get Buy-In
  7. 12. How to Get Started Step #1: Start with the low-hanging fruit. Most of you already have data on your website. Put it in one place and promote it.
  8. 13. How to Get Started Step #2: Develop policies and guidelines for liberating future data sets and improving overall transparency. Keep the policies simple as they will allow you to evolve quickly as your initiatives evolve – think agile.
  9. 14. How to Get Started Step #3: Identify high-value data sets, and plan how to make them accessible. Poll your citizens, search what other have found as high-value, poll other employees who may get FOIA requests.
  10. 15. How to Get Started Step #4: Make friends with your organization’s legal team. Keep them informed and help with research. They know law, but you’re the Internet professionals.
  11. 16. How to Get Started <ul><li>Step #5: Start a data catalog (or contribute to an existing data catalog and/or repository). Promote your efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Roll your own </li></ul><ul><li>CKAN ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Socrata ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Many others… </li></ul>
  12. 17. OpenColorado
  13. 18. OpenColorado
  14. 19. OpenColorado
  15. 20. City of Arvada
  16. 21. Next Steps <ul><li>Educate yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the movers and shakers </li></ul><ul><li>Discover existing open government initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a CityCamp and get on CityCamp list </li></ul><ul><li>CityCamp Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>October 28, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 22. Questions? Leslie Labrecque [email_address] @leslielabrecque Sean Hudson [email_address] [email_address] @seanhudson
  18. 23. Resources Download Presentation: Links to sites referenced in this presentation: Additional Links: