One Year Later, “Vision & Value” Proves Powerfully Prescient

In the spring of 2016, federal agencies were working hard to figure out how to meet the DATA Act’s ambitious mandate. Every agency had to organize its spending information to match a government-wide data format that the Treasury Department had just announced. The objective? Create a single, unified data set of the entire executive branch’s finances, to support transparency and analytics government-wide.

 

Join Us for the Great California Database Hunt

Join Us for the Great California Database Hunt

Imagine if local governments were like restaurants, where you could pick up a menu of public datasets, read the names and description and then order whatever suits your open data appetite? 

This transparency advocate’s fantasy became reality in California on July 1, when a new law took effect. S.B. 272 added a section to the California Public Records Act that requires local agencies (except school districts) to publish inventories of “enterprise systems” on their websites. We are talking about catalogs of every database that holds information on the public or serves as a primary source of government data.

What happened at Open Data Day DC 2016?

What happened at Open Data Day DC 2016?

On March 4 - 5 150 open data enthusiasts gathered in Washington, DC, for Open Data Day DC, a yearly open data event on the same day as more than 200 similarly themed events around the world.

Our two-day event included not only a hackathon but also eight workshops and seven breakout groups covering both technology skills as well as pressing issues like criminal justice reform.