Open data

Pushing municipal finance toward open data

Machine-readable financial data would allow citizens to keep an eye on spending, streamline municipal bond financing and help local governments meet their reporting requirements.

Beyond transparency: Why open data is good for local government

Open financial data can make it less expensive for municipalities to borrow money and easier report compliance information.

NYC puts open data to work

A new report, NYC Data at Work, highlights how open data powers government efficiency in New York City.

When data pays: Alaska provides access to oil, gas drilling data

Ahead of an auction to lease land for energy exploration, the state is combining public information with specialized seismic data to attract prospective bidders.

Open data grows up

Pittsburgh's Data Rivers project speeds data integration and cleanup and improves troubleshooting of the city's data pipelines.

How Alexa mines open data

Johns Creek, Ga., is leveraging its open data portal to power an Alexa skill for government services.

Open data grows up

Initially a tool for transparency or internal efficiency, open data is starting to drive communities into hard conversations.

Austin's one-stop shop for traffic management

The Austin, Texas, Department of Transportation’s Data and Performance Hub is designed to give both staff and citizens an inside look at signal operations citywide.

Mayors are touting tech, open data

The nation's mayors see technology as key to increasing transparency, efficiency and economic development, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.

A closer look at the Smart Columbus Operating System

The platform will house a data repository and tools for powering applications from that data.

Mining open data for financial transparency

Framingham, Mass., is putting budget data into a self-service portal where staff and residents can drill down into specific line items in the city’s budget.

Columbus unveils 'initial' smart city operating system

The Smart Columbus Operating System features an open data platform that brings together more than 1,000 mobility-related datasets.

7 tips for building an API-secure architecture

An API gateway gives agencies a way to address security challenges specific to data and applications that require open, public access.

Could the open government movement shut the door on Freedom of Information?

The open government movement threatens to harm FOI by cornering the already limited public and private funding and government staffing available for transparency work.

The push to make local justice data shareable

As interest in data-driven analysis increases, counties are working to make their criminal justice data available and interoperable.

Fighting the flu with a shot of data

A local health department is using a visualization platform to make its data on weekly flu cases more accessible.

Open data increases efficiency, not just transparency

Open data improves external transparency, internal management and automated reporting, according to a new report.