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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
Transparency and public data can help improve the effectiveness of government agencies and elected officials. However, current transparency requirements focus on physical publication and inspection, which favor and protect incumbent power. Local governments often do not have rigorous...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Harvard University
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
Increasing the operational transparency of government services increases support for maintaining or expanding these programs. This report also notes that recent technological innovations and private involvement in deepening civic engagement will increase government transparency....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
This report examines the meanings and practices associated with the term 'smart cities.' Smart city initiatives involve three components: information and communication technologies (ICTs) that generate and aggregate data; analytical tools which convert that data into usable information;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Bloomberg Philanthropies
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Unlocking the potential of data and evidence to inform decision making is key to ensuring cities thrive in the 21st century. This brief quantifies cities' current practices around the use of data. The analysis is focused on information from the 39 cities visited by What Works Cities...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
The city of Madison's open data ordinance allows greater public access to data regularly prepared by city agencies. City departments release data to the public through a comprehensive online portal, including property information, crime statistics, transit data, and city events. Making...

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