12/16/2014 by Alexandra Bjerg

Data Summit: Appallicious founder on importance of open data

Appallicious founder Yo Yoshida discusses a personal tragedy that lead him to become a prolific champion of citywide open data in San Francisco tied to apartments and housing. His comments were from March's inaugural Data Summit in 2014. Regional forums for the 2015 Data Summit, scheduled to happen again in March during the nationwide transparency awareness week known as "Sunshine Week" are just underway.

This week on Wednesday, December 17th, one is happening in Long Beach:

California Forward and Code for America invite city officials and staff to attend a free event December 17 exploring how open civic data helps local governments be more efficient, effective and responsive. Leaders in the field will share best practices and case studies from around the nation, with a focus on policy, process and implementation. Breakout sessions will cater to both technical and non-technical participants.

Confirmed speakers include Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, City of LA Chief Data Officer Abhi Nemani, Peter Koht of OpenCounter as well as many others. The event is an extension of the work Ca Fwd and Code for America have done in other regions, including previous forums held in San Bernardino and San Jose.

They continue next year in locations throughout the state.

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

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