Brainstorming: In Defense of Broad Participation

For almost 3 years now, I’ve been developing and facilitating brainstorming sessions for public sector clients to understand data-related problems. In that time, I’ve never seen a person who shouldn’t have been in the room or didn’t have something to contribute, but I’ve always had someone say “We should ask {insert team} about that” or […]

Chief Data Officer – Getting Started

I’ve been thinking recently about the job of a Chief Data Officer and what it would mean to come into an organization to perform this role. Whether there has been a previous CDO or not, in my experience helping government agencies get a handle on the data they collect and use, the key first task is […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: Providing Government Open Data

This post is part of a series of thoughts following the 2016 International Open Data Conference and Open Cities Summit I recently attended in Madrid, Spain. See my introductory post on the conference and context for this series of posts. Pushing not Pulling A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: What is Government Open Data?

This post is part of a series of thoughts following the 2016 International Open Data Conference and Open Cities Summit I recently attended in Madrid, Spain. See my introductory post on the conference and context for this series of posts. What is Government Open Data? A lot of the talks at the 2016 International Open […]

Ruminations on Open Data from IODC: Introduction

Attending the Open Cities Summit and the International Open Data Conference has challenged me to think more critically about open data and the issues that surround the free release of information. My perspective on open data is simple: laws describe what should happen and data describes what did happen. We have open laws so the […]