The “Apps Challenge Playbook: A Step by Step Guide to Planning & Running Your Own Apps Challenge”, created by the City of Palo Alto, documents the process of a multi-month community apps competition. It is a valuable resource for the communities, which run app challenges in order to benefit from the solutions that citizens build for their towns and cities.
Chicago is a leader in using open data to better serve its residents. OpenGrid is the next step in making open data accessible to Chicagoans, and it is part of the city’s ongoing commitment to transparency and innovation in city government.
Open Knowledge International has published the Global Open Data Index 2015, showing that countries outside of Europe, the US & Canada have made some impressive gains in releasing key data. However, progress remains slow for most governments, who are still not providing key information in an accessible formats to be used, without restriction, by their citizens, civil societies, journalists and businesses.
“Data for Community-Driven Solutions” is a series of articles, published in Stanford Social Innovation Review magazine, which highlights specific interventions that can help drive a more networked, inclusive, and open society. The articles focus on data for impact and present some of the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies. They also offer theories and models for better using data to achieve positive social outcomes.
Civic Graph is an open source data and visualization project initiated by Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Innovation team, aiming to provide insights into the burgeoning civic tech community — who it consists of, what their respective focus areas are, and how they connect to one another.
The European Data Portal, created by European Commission, harvests the metadata of Public Sector Information available on public data portals across European countries. Information regarding the provision of data and the benefits of re-using data is also included.
Smart Citizen is a platform to generate participatory processes of people in the cities. Connecting data, people and knowledge, the objective of the platform is to serve as a node for building productive and open indicators, and distributed tools, and thereafter the collective construction of the city for its own inhabitants.