2018/11/25: Lawyers and engineers noticed in the early part of this decade that lawmaking and software engineering have a lot in common when it comes to tracking changes to their code—whether it be legal code or software code. The District has managed to take a practice of modern software development and apply it to its legal code by putting its legal code onto GitHub at https://github.com/DCCouncil/dc-law-xml
This isn’t a copy of the DC law. It is an authoritative source. It is where the DC Council stores the digital versions of enacted laws, and this source feeds directly into the Council’s DC Code website at https://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/
Last week, I opened the file on GitHub that had the typo, edited the file, and submitted my edit using GitHub’s “pull request” feature.
2018/10/18: Often the most critical parts of major legislation are the most boring. For those of us working to bring government into the digital age, the bipartisan 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, known as the 21st Century IDEA Act, is an incredibly important piece of legislation which gets the big things right. Its downside is that it’s not boring enough.
Based on the existing literature and case studies, we have developed a Periodic Table of Open Data Elements detailing the enabling conditions and disabling factors that often determine the impact of open data initiatives. Although the importance of local variation and context is, of course, paramount, current research and practice shows that the elements included in five central issue categories — Problem and Demand Definition, Capacity and Culture, Partnerships, Risks, Governance — are likely to either enable or disrupt the success of open data projects when replicated across countries.
2018/09/20: it is incumbent on the civic technology community to navigate these challenges and assume their duty to democracy, as their "public work," to deliver truly empowering technology.
Participatory democracy also demands that citizens hold these engineers and designers accountable for this responsibility, forming another virtuous cycle.
A Kenyan online platform connects water consumers with providers and similar technologies could bring huge improvements to water and sanitation worldwide, say ...
Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. It can take a San Francisco politician years of toil to render the city ridiculous in the eyes of the...
No better example of the modishness of "open" can exist than holding an open government summit in an absolute monarchy. It would seem that such an event would indeed "open" itself to accusations of deliberately delicious irony, or deliberate contradiction. Yet such an event did indeed take place this past week, as Oman's Information Technology
Tre piccoli ma importanti passi sono stati fatti nelle scorse settimane verso politiche europee più aperte e partecipative. Si tratta di tre episodi di una serie di produttivi incontri tra policy maker che gestiscono i fondi europei e studenti armati di dati aperti e tecnologie civiche. Il monitoraggio civico dei fondi europei come metodo...
Alexander Howard - who, in my mind, is the best guy covering the Gov 2.0 space - pinged me the other night to ask "What's the best evidence of open data leading to economic outcomes that you've seen?" I'd like to hack the question because - I suspect - for many people, they will be
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Many open data initiatives forget to include the basic facts about the government itself In the past few years we've seen a huge shift in the way governments publish information. More and more gove
Technology writer Evgeny Morozov talks to Ian Tucker about the politics of technology, why newspapers are great - and his personal means of escape
The movement for transparency and openness in government took decisive steps forward last week. As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, the UK hosted the first ministerial level meeting i...
Two municipal CIOs tell an SAP best run cities event that gamification could be coming soon to a government near you
Salve a tutte/i, coloro fra di voi che hanno assistito almeno una volta ad un Transition Talk probabilmente hanno già sentito parlare di Donella Meadows. Tuttavia credo valga la pena ricordare brevemente chi fosse "Dana" (che ci ha purtroppo lasciato il 20 febbraio del 2001). E' stata redattrice, insieme a suo marito Dennis Meadows e a Jorgen Randers, dello studio "The Limits to Growth", impropriamente tradotto in italiano col titolo "I Limiti dello Sviluppo". Lo studio era il risultato di una commissione fatta al MIT da parte del Club di Roma, fondato da Aurelio Peccei, per valutare quali sarebbero stati gli impatti di un'economia in continua crescita. E' stata allieva di Jay Forrester, 'inventore' e sviluppatore della "Dinamica dei Sistemi", metodo utilizzato nella redazione de "I Limiti", con l'ausilio dell'allora potentissimo programma di calcolo "World 3". Ha continuato a lavorare sulla dinamica dei sistemi scrivendo alcune delle pagine più interessanti che questo approccio abbia prodotto, fra le quali il libro "Thinking in Systems" e questo stesso articolo. Vi segnalo anche il video seguente (prima parte di 4), sottotitolato (cliccate il pulsante apposito per visualizzare i sottotitoli nel caso ciò non avvenga in automatico):
E' da tempo che sono un attento osservatore "silenzioso" di quanto accade nel mondo e in Italia attorno al tema dell'Open data e dell'Open government e piu' si va avanti e piu' sono convinto che noi dobbiamo trovare la nostra dimensione della trasparenza e ancora di piu' di quello che è il significato profondo dell'OPEN GOVERNMENT (governo aperto).
Most government departments breaching Coalition's own transparency rules
Recently I spoke on a panel at the NSW Information Commissioner's "Creating Open Government" forum about my thoughts on blue sky ideas in this space. I decided to work on the assumption of the importance and need for creating open government for a digital society. In the 10 mins I had, I spoke on the pillars of public engagement, citizen centric services and open data, where we need to go in the open government movement, and a few other areas that I believe are vital in creating open government.