Local governments have long maintained community records, but few take full advantage of the wealth of data these records represent. Opening up data to the public enhances governments’ ability to deliver services, operate transparently, and make informed community decisions. Engaging nonprofits and developers can stimulate additional benefits for residents.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, has proposed to addressed this situation by undertaking a multi-media education campaign to help local government executives understand the nature of open data and how it contributes to open government. To learn more, click here and please comment on or applaud ICMA’s submission to the Knight News Challenge.