The city of Atlanta has embraced technology and the data created from creative apps developed by citizens in a big way, as reported in an article at Creative Loafing Atlanta. Some examples of interesting things happening in Atlanta:
Tires App- Tires dumped on the side of the road or in vacant lots is . . . → Read More: Atlanta Is Engaging Citizens Through Apps
Federal & State Freedom of Information Laws (FOIL), allows citizens to obtain copies of government records. In 2009, the Buffalo News after not receiving adequate responses to several FOIL requests wrote an editorial directed to Mayor Byron Brown stating: “The law is clear. When we request city records, you must provide them, completely . . . → Read More: Stonewalling the Release of Public Records Is Unacceptable
One of the most important actions a government body takes is the passage of a budget. A community’s priorities are reflected in their governmental budgets. In todays economic times budgeting at the local government level is not easy. Tough choices have to be made as to what items receive funding, what items are . . . → Read More: How 3 Cities Are Obtaining Citizen Input For Budgets
Philadelphia is one of the leading cities in the country as far as making government more open, transparent and collaborative with citizens. Some of the great things being done in Philadelphia are:
- The Mayor has issued an Open Data Executive Order.
- Created an Open Data Guidebook for city departments.
- . . . → Read More: Philadelphia Making Open Government Happen
This week March 11th is Sunshine Week, a national initiative which promotes the importance of open government and freedom of information.
Communities across the country are adopting open government policies that commit to putting more government data and information on-line. Information such as building permits, restaurant health inspections, and crime statistics are . . . → Read More: Open Government Is Good Government