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New Open Data Policy Passes in Oakland, CA

This interesting piece of news is cross-posted from the Gov 2.0 Watch blog run by the Davenport Institute (an NCDD organizational member). The open data movement continues to grow with this new policy in Oakland, CA created with public participation. The original post is here.

DavenportInst-logoOakland Local and the Personal Democracy Forum reported last week on the Oakland City Council’s unanimous passage of legislation adopting an Open Data Policy last Tuesday. The Local reports:

The Open Data Policy itself was drafted in a unique, open, and collaborative manner. Over the summer, [councilmember] Schaaf reached out to the Urban Strategies Council, an organization working to eliminate poverty through education, opportunity, safety, and justice. Urban Strategies organized a public roundtable and an online Google Hangout, and invited experts and interested parties from around the country to join and participate in developing the Open Data Policy.

Miranda Neubauer, writing in Techpresident at the Personal Democracy Forum, provides further details on the legislation and how it builds on ongoing efforts to make Oakland city data available for the benefit of both policy analysts and the public.

You can read more from the Local here and more from Techpresident here.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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