Back Mic is a great tool to follow bills in the current Texas Legislative session, and allows users to add their voice. Transparency meets civic engagement!
OpenCongress has a fantastic set of open gov resources for the state of Texas (as well as other states!), including a set of tools made specifically to follow the current legislative session.
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How does Canada’s new open data site data.gc.ca compare on an international scale? You be the judge. BuzzData compiled 84 other portals worldwide. Check them out — which ones do you like best? Why? Let us know — we’ll post the most insightful answers!
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The Knight Commission is doing great work on the role of government data transparency in fostering engaged communities. They place open data in context, setting it next to issues such as broadband access, civic engagement and media literacy. Great reading!
Tim Berners-Lee, the “father of the world wide web,” on the importance of open data.
Tim Berners-Lee explaining very well why open data is so important, giving some great examples.
Google Transparency Report - interesting read!
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Varying branches of government not as open as promised? Here’s an overview from Wired
Sunshine Week happened March 13-19, and was an effort by various journalism organizations to highlight government transparency. While some of it was certainly positive, with blog posts by White House and administration officials highlighting their Open Government efforts, Wired had a different take. Read more at David Kravets’ Wired Threat Level blog, where he highlights many ways in which is government is still opaque, particularly but not exclusively in the Legislative Branch.
Recent policy papers released by the Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Absolutely worth a look.
Alex Howard’s recent posting about the NYC city gov’s citizensourcing efforts. Not a fan of Goldsmith, but still interesting.
As everyone could read it on specialized sites or blogs like mine that is a new open data movement associated with the geospatial revolution in the United States.
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