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Open Data Presentation, CfA Summit 2012

I presented my work on the Santa Cruz Open Data Portal at the Code for America 2012 Summit in San Francisco on October 2nd.  You can see the video below.

Shareable.net Blog: Persuading Cities to Share Data, Not Sell It

An article I wrote for Shareable.net covers the rise of open data policies and publication by cities in the US after years of cost recovery schemes.

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Shareable.net Blog: Making Skill Shares Part of an Organizational Learning Plan

I wrote a post for Shareable.net about my experiences instituting a technology skill sharing program within a city technology department.

From the article:

There are a lot of ways to actually provide opportunities for this teaching to take place: job shadowing, co-working on a relevant project, informal lunchtime training sessions, or occasional semi-formal classes led by colleagues. One of the most important steps, however, is to communicate your skills inventory to the team so everyone knows what their colleagues’ strengths are. Even a spreadsheet or simple list can help here—“OK, when I have a question about PHP components I ask Phillip, but when I have a question about Ruby on Rails, I should ask Rachel first.”

CfA Blog: Lessons in Civic Entrepreneurship

I analyzed hundreds of civic entrepreneur grant applications and wrote a blog post about some of the common themes in the new wave of civic application startups.

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Advocates of open government practices call for increased participation and collaboration as we reshape our institutions — and the importance of these concepts is visibly illustrated in this second iteration of the word cloud. “Social,” “public,” “citizens,” “communities” — all of these words represent this drive for giving a voice — a louder and more insistent voice — to the citizens. It’s not enough to listen to The People on election days and during the occasional public commentary meeting; these tools and services are about bringing in the wisdom of the crowds to help inform and perform in real-time. When we see “citizens” and the “public” and “communities” have equal standing with “government,” we’re on our way to open government success.

CfA Blog: Crowdsourcing Accessibility Maps

I wrote an article about the AXSMaps accessibility information crowdsourcing platform after observing a community mapping exercise in San Francisco.

CfA Blog & Shareable post: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Open Data

I wrote a blog post examining the state of open government data in Canada and the UK, referencing work by David Eaves.  Originally published on both the Code for America blog as well as Shareable.net.

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