Boulder joins national effort to rethink open data, citizen engagement

Boulder will take part in a national effort to help cities exchange best practices regarding the use of data to improve municipal government.

The effort is called What Works Cities, and it's initiative of ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group Bloomberg Philanthropies.

What Works Cities launched in April 2015 as a way to help midsize cities — defined as having populations between 100,000 and 1 million — "enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents."

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Sunlight Foundation – Opening up open data policy: Introducing Open Data Policies Decoded

At the Sunlight Foundation, we care about open government data and want to provide tools to empower advocates — both inside and outside the public sector — to improve and spread the public policy that is making it possible. However, there remains a glaring barrier to easily comparing and analyzing open data reforms across jurisdictions: Ironically, open data policy itself is not available as structured, machine-readable open data.

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City of Topeka selected by What Works Cities initiative for open data

The city of Topeka has been selected to join a national initiative that will enhance its distribution and use of data.

Operated by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the What Works Cities initiative has helped 39 cities in 25 states analyze their data and make it more readily available for citizens’ consumption. Continue…

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