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SF reboots open data efforts

It took a while for San Francisco to get a serious open data effort off the ground, but now that new chief data officer Joy Bonaguro has had some time to take lay of the land, she’s ready to roll.

New Orleans seeks CIO

In what is probably the best municipal technology job opportunity since Oakland was recruiting a chief information officer, the city of New Orleans is looking for new CIO.

GitChat with Gavin Newsom

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is our next GitChat guest.

SF names Joy Bonaguro as city’s first chief data officer

In a Twitter exchange between San Francisco Chief Information Officer Marc Touitou and myself, Touitou confirmed that the city has appointed Joy Bonaguro as its first chief data officer.

Government’s role in fostering sustainable civic technology

In a new blog post, Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Mark Headd shares his thoughts on what it will take to make civic technology sustainable, including government insisting on open source software solutions.

Piqua sets the civic example for cities of all sizes

GovFresh 2013 Small City of the Year Piqua, Ohio, is a shining example of the old adage “small is beautiful.” With its multi-pronged approach to engaging citizens, Piqua is proof that it doesn’t take a big city budget to execute big civic ideas.

Inside the new BART.gov

Bay Area Rapid Transit Web Services Manager Timothy Moore discusses the recent upgrade of its flagship website, BART.gov, including a Drupal migration, embracing agile development, encouraging third-party developers to build off its open data and APIs, and plans for the future.

Continuing San Francisco’s national leadership on open data

Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will take its final vote to approve my update to our city’s groundbreaking open data law. My open data ordinance, in its simplest terms, standardizes and sets timelines for the release of appropriate city government data.

OpenOakland 1.5: A year and a half in review

As we close out the year, I wanted to reflect on a few things to put our work in perspective and also to lay out the vision for where we want to go in the new year.

Is California forcing state agencies under one private cloud?

According to a document obtained by GovFresh, the California Department of General Services is issuing a list of stipulations to cloud computing vendors that forces them into an agreement to not sell their services to state agencies.

NYC chief urban designer to speak at CivicMeet Oakland Nov. 7

NYC Chief Urban Designer Alex Washburn will share his insights at CivicMeet Oakland on November 7, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., SoMar.

Breaking the wall in Chicago

Over the past few years, the civic innovation movement has grown tremendously. It’s exploded really. Ten years ago, who would have imagined that Chicago would be a national leader in open government data?

ArchiveSocial helps keep government social media on the record books

ArchiveSocial enables public sector organizations to embrace social media by minimizing risk and eliminating compliance barriers.

San Francisco: Driving the boundaries of open data

During last week’s 2013 Code for America summit at the Yerba Buena Center, officials from cities including Louisville, New York City, South Bend and New Orleans spoke about how open data had changed the complexion of their communities in public safety, citizen services and blight mapping.

FreshWrap: CfA Summit, procurement, healthcare.gov and more

A wrap-up of this week’s civic technology and open government news.

Chicago launches first comprehensive, public data dictionary

Today the City of Chicago launched the City of Chicago Data Dictionary, a single, comprehensive database catalog for the City of Chicago and City of Chicago sister agencies.

North Dakota names new CIO

Gov. Jack Dalrymple named Mike Ressler as the state’s new chief information officer on Thursday.

New North Carolina iCenter lets state ‘try before you buy’ tech products

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Chief Information Officer Chris Estes cut the tape on a new state innovation center Thursday that gives employees a chance to test-drive technology products before the state procures.

Chicago’s effort to grow our own talent

In recent months, we’ve highlighted several efforts to teach young people how to code and about technology. These efforts have included Englewood Codes, Civic Summer and Adler Planetarium’s Youth Hackathon.

Delaware wants your help redesigning its next website

Delaware is in the process of beginning a new delaware.gov redesign and is asking for the public’s input in the form of a short survey.

Colorado gets a logo

The new tagline, “It’s our nature,” says the state, symbolizes the state’s “awe-inspiring scenery and life-loving people. It connects adventure with entrepreneurship, beauty with happiness and fresh air with creativity.”

New SF effort will embed startup DNA into government

Spearheaded by SF’s Office of Innovation and led by Mayor Ed Lee Senior Advisor Rahul Mewawalla, the program will embed “world-class entrepreneurial teams” into the inner workings of government to help inspire the next big civic thing and a new spin on the initial public offering.

Civic leaders, technologists set to convene for 2013 Code for America Summit

Registration is still open for the 2013 Code for America Summit set for October 15 to 17 in San Francisco.

Oakland moves closer to adopting open data policy

The policy calls for the city “to make every reasonable effort to publish its data in machine readable formats using prevailing open standards” and directs the city administrator to lead the effort under a specific timeline.

San Francisco seeks chief data officer

After nearly a year since it first announced proposed open data legislation that included the creation of a city chief data officer, San Francisco has officially posted the position.

SF mayor helps cut tape on new GitHub HQ, posts muni code repo

Lee announced the city posted municipal code on GitHub “to make it more accessible to our public.”

Open data vital for San Francisco’s Bike Share

Finally, a bike-sharing program is coming to San Francisco!

San Francisco makes open data city policy

Today, open data and its power to transform a city and a nation by engaging tech savvy citizens will be on display at San Francisco City Hall. And just as importantly, companies that have been successful because of forward thinking open data policies will testify to our elected leaders about its importance.

Big feet: Walkonomics wants to crowdsource the friendliness of the world’s streets

Walkonomics mobile app rates and maps the pedestrian-friendliness of every street in San Francisco, Manhattan and England.

Is San Francisco sittin’ on the dock of the open data bay?

In October 2012, in the form of proposed legislation, San Francisco announced it would appoint a chief data officer to “be responsible for sharing City data with the public, facilitating the sharing of information between City departments, and analyzing how data sets can be used to improve city decision making.”