The Fourth U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government (NAP4) was released this month after a more than year-long delay. It offers eight key initiatives, a change from the 26, 23, and 40 initiatives published during the Obama administration, and applies for the next two years.
Kim Rice recently spoke with GovLoop about the Massachusetts state government’s IT, data analytics, cybersecurity, workforce reform and more.
Today’s opioid crisis is a complex problem that affects governments at all levels. To make an impact on this significant problem, governments need a new approach that involves leveraging data and technology. Cloud-based technologies offer a way forward for better collaboration and data sharing sources.
Governments of all sizes have created data and analytics departments to assess what they have, coordinate communication between agencies and report stories that the numbers show.
In June 2018 at the AWS Public Sector Summit, AWS convened the first technology-focused Opioid Crisis Council, where stakeholders from across public sector and industry who play key roles in addressing the opioid epidemic gathered to identify common challenges and explore disruptive solutions.
The opportunity to use government data to take action on social problems is too big to pass up. The more accessible, discoverable, and usable data is, the bigger impact it can have on policymaking, scientific advancements, and business.
Today, governments are doing more than simply checking the “Do Open Data Box” by maximizing the value of open data by making sure it is deployed in a way that makes it “actionable.”
With open data, governments shouldn’t be transparent for transparency’s sake, but to grow the trust of the citizens in their leadership.
The future of open data is about growing the user base. Taking a lesson from the creator of Mario Bros. can make data portals easy to use.
Civic engagement is key to truly producing change at a policy level. However, it is only one piece of the puzzle.