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Open Cook County

  1. 1. Open Cook County Plan Strategic vision April 2011 www.
  2. 2. What is open government? <ul><li>Open government is making data accessible to the public in a usable format so citizens can make government better </li></ul>Open Cook County Plan
  3. 3. What is government 2.0? <ul><li>A definition from Stephen Goldsmith, former Mayor of Indianapolis and current Deputy Mayor of New York City for Operations: </li></ul><ul><li>0.5 is putting information online </li></ul><ul><li>1.0 is an electronic way to fill out a form </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 is providing citizens with ways to complain to government about an issue </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is creating platforms for citizens to collaborate around information to improve outcomes </li></ul>Open Cook County Plan
  4. 4. Why should we open government? <ul><li>Opening government: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases public trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes government more responsive, efficient, effective and fair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaks down silos within and across agencies </li></ul></ul>Open Cook County Plan
  5. 5. Cook County’s transparency problem Open Cook County Plan Many residents don’t know what County government is or what it does Many residents don’t know how their tax dollars are collected or spent Historical lack of transparency means many local citizen activists are disengaged and cynical Lack of transparency breeds doubt, skepticism, inefficiency and corruption
  6. 6. The ordinance is Step 1 in our plan to bring open government to Cook County 1: Ordinance Cook County’s open data ordinance begins making data public. Agency heads partner with Board President and Commissioners to make initial high-value data sets public. 2: Data portal County launches a single-site portal centralizing data in developer-friendly formats. Data offerings continuously expand. 3: App contests and data camps County encourages developers and activists to drive new and improved government services through mobile apps and data visualizations. 4: Continuous improvement County expands data offerings, provides ongoing incentives for developers and activists and opens a conversation about improving our government. Timeline Open Cook County Plan
  7. 7. Step 1: Cook County’s open government ordinance Click on a button to learn more (requires internet connection) <ul><li>This ordinance formalizes our open government plan and changes the County’s data bias from private to public </li></ul><ul><li>County leaders built our ordinance using model legislation from other municipalities like San Francisco and King County, Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Our ordinance considers best principles of open data, as well as the model of President Obama’s Federal Directive and the Local Open Government Directive created by representatives from Code for America, the Sunlight Foundation and others </li></ul>Back to contents Open Cook County Plan Ordinance to be filed in April SF’s ordinance King County’s ordinance Other model legislation 8 Open data principles Federal Open Gov Directive Local Open Gov Directive
  8. 8. Step 2: Cook County’s open data portal Click on a button to learn more (requires internet connection) <ul><li>The County will create a single-site data portal that centralizes new and existing public data sets in machine-readable, developer-friendly formats </li></ul><ul><li>Our portal will build on the success of open data portals in other municipalities, such as New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>Our portal will build on the success of the federal open data portal: </li></ul>Back to contents Open Cook County Plan County portal will arrive soon NYC’s portal SF’s portal DC’s portal Federal portal:
  9. 9. Step 3: App contests and data camps <ul><li>In open government municipalities, data-enabled developers and activists have revolutionized government services using mobile apps </li></ul><ul><li>We will encourage and incentivize activists to find inefficiencies and to visualize data in ways that contribute to the policy conversation </li></ul><ul><li>We will encourage and incentivize developers and activists to help us make our government better using contests, data camps and other programs </li></ul>Back to contents Open Cook County Plan Click on a button to learn more (requires internet connection)
  10. 10. Step 4: Continuous improvement <ul><li>Open government is a growing, maturing movement </li></ul><ul><li>We will begin a running conversation with local thought leaders and activists to identify ways to improve our government and to bring new and more meaningful data to the public </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago’s developing technology cluster, anchored by companies like Groupon and Everyblock, drives leading developers and open government thinkers to Cook County </li></ul>Back to contents Open Cook County Plan
  11. 11. The timeline We can rapidly transform Cook County Open Cook County Plan Back to contents March-April 2011 Summer 2011 2012 Beyond Enact open data ordinance Host launch party/ App contest Continue fostering developer community through data camps, and contests and conferences Partner with vendor to create single-site data portal Use resulting information to improve government efficiency, effectiveness and fairness Invest County data owners Expand public data offerings