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Bethann Pepoli
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Open Data: Good For Citizens & Government

Freely accessible government data helps the public stay more engaged with their communities and keeps government more accountable.

Maine's government website gives citizens easy access to state spending details through its Open Checkbook portal.
Maine's government website gives citizens easy access to state spending details through its Open Checkbook portal.

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User Rank: Apprentice
1/7/2014 | 10:13:38 AM
Marketing Goldmine
I work in marketing and if you haver any clients in the property, law or finance industries then this data is an absolute goldmine and when properly compiled makes great fodder for infographics and other popular outreach media.
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1/7/2014 | 10:54:15 AM
Open Data Successes
While these success stories are becoming more common place, thanks to groups like Code for America, it seems too few stories get the attention they deserve. We'd welcome any fresh examples from our readers.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/8/2014 | 11:10:26 AM
Re: Open Data Successes
Our company, APPCityLife, has worked with civic organizations in New Mexico to not only launch open data initiatives but make sure those initiatives save the organization money. The ABQ RIDE mobile app was part of an initiative that save the city of Albuquerque over $100,000 alone over a 12-month span because of new, less expensive user behaviors from the community. We've also launched a self-serve mobile coupon engine to help stimulate local shopping through small businesses serving up coupons to locals through civic apps built on top of open data. Open data can be excellent for citizens because of more transparency, but it can also make a lot of sense financially for everyone involved.
Joel Gurin
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1/8/2014 | 12:59:34 PM
Social media can help improve city services
Great post, and great point about how city and state governments can learn from social media. In addition to helping prevent terrorism, analyzing social media can help improve city services. That's how Washington, DC is now using social media and the technique of sentiment analysis. Read more at, post, "Can Open Data Improve the DMV?"

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1/8/2014 | 4:13:16 PM
Open data initiatives improve government
Fantastic post.

Open data initiatives are a powerful component of a constituent-centric framework that, together with frictionless communication tools like social media, provide government the ability to listen (to constituents, social media and data) more effectively—and enhances the public sector's ability to respond by driving operational efficiencies.  
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