FreshWrap: Code Corps, open data census, Philly property calculator, Hawaii data bills

Here’s what made my radar this week. Share your open government news in the comments.

Hawaii has not one, but two open data bills in the works.

Philadelphia launches an open data-powered calculator to estimate real estate tax under its Actual Value Initiative (Mayor Nutter video, more from Philly MDO and deeper details here).

The Open Data Census tracks the state of open data globally.

Register for next week’s CivicMeet Vancouver.

Ottawa launches its second “Apps4Ottawa” contest.

Name That Neighborhood: Click that ‘hood! was built by Code for America’s 2013 Louisville fellowship team.

Oakland jumps on transparency bandwagon and pulls ahead of SF in the Bay Bridge Open Government Series.

Alissa Black: Sunshine May Disinfect but It Does Not Always Lead to Engagement

Germany’s open data portal gets slammed.

Four years in the making, Sunlight launches Open States (video).

Fees impede government transparency.

UK: Public sector staff know open data matters but fail to get government plan (I blame Dominic Campbell).

Is unequal participation open government’s unresolved dilemma?

New York City launches Code Corps, a kind of Code for America for emergency and disaster recovery.

San Francisco’s new License123 gives small business owners all the permits they need to open shop in SF.

Nick Grossman at it again: When venture capital meets networked activism.

Videos from NYC Data Visualization With Web Standards meetup.

Max Ogden on open data:

Luke Fretwell is the founder of the civic innovation and technology blog GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. He has worked with a number of government-focused companies and media, including CivicActions, NuCivic and FedScoop and has been involved in broad-focused community efforts, such as GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMeet, Agile Government Leadership and Open Source for America. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Funding government technology

I’m always inspired talking and working with entrepreneurs trying to solve big civic problems, especially those who realize much of the challenge lies within modernizing and empowering internal government operations, so it was great to finally meet with Govtech Fund Founder and Managing Partner Ron Bouganim this week.

Government and the ’empowered product owner’

The 18F Delivery team released a “Partnership Playbook” that aims to help federal agencies understand what to expect when working with 18F, and the gem within is play number two, “We work with an empowered product owner.”

Benchmarking for better government

Citizens simply glaze over when they are confronted by a sea of large numbers with many zeros. These figures need to be relatable to the person reading the data. Otherwise, open data is just more data that dies on the vine.

Why local government must go digital

The Welsh Government released a report of its findings on how local government in Wales can better leverage digital technologies and realize significant savings while still providing quality, scalable citizen services.

‘No ugly, old IT.’

“No ugly, old IT” jumped out at me when I first reviewed DataSF’s strategic plan, “Data in San Francisco: Meeting supply, spurring demand,” and it still sticks, mostly because someone inside government was so bold as to make this a priority and openly communicate it and also because this should be a mantra for everyone building civic technology.

Why is a big deal

Enabling internal government tech shops to quickly stand up applications in a secure testing environment is fundamental to quick prototyping, and 18F’s new is a major step in realizing ultimate IT flexibility.

FCC launches beta

Based on “extensive user research,” the Federal Communications Commission has launched a beta version of that aims to make the site “more useful and accessible to FCC stakeholders.”


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