Cities and states have realized a need to fine-tune the ways they ensure everyday citizens could access data and make sense of it.
Not only do governments need that kind of expertise, but they need to find a way to publish data without much of a budget — if any.
In the uphill struggle for more data-driven governance, the insider’s best resource might just be experience, expertise and methods that have been developed outside of government.
Four key lessons based on conversations with chief data officers across varying levels of government.
Open data will never be as pervasive or transformational without addressing the core obstacles that agencies face in sharing data.
The current open data movement came about approximately seven years ago. The impetus came from individuals wanting more transparency, accountability and a fuel for apps for the betterment of all mankind. So how are we doing?
With limited budgets and a dwindling workforce, agencies can’t afford to buy one-off solutions only address single problems. Instead, leaders should recognize that these diverse pressures to reform actually create a single objective to transform operations from the beginning to end of the records management cycle. With that understanding, it’s imperative to seek a single… Read more »
How can you use open source at your agency?
Listen to the wisdom that open data is imparting.
Governments face unique challenges in accomplishing complex missions – often with limited resources. That means that when it comes to tackling such missions, there are very few agencies in the public sector that can act alone. Through collaboration, information sharing and the removal of data silos, agencies can improve effectiveness and efficiency while achieving their… Read more »