Open Data to Improve Democratic Governance

  • May 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • IBM Glendale

On April 16 evening, we had great presentations from SOCRATA and the City of Los Angeles. On May 21 evening, we will hear from another open data platform provider JUNAR and the City of Pasadena.

Our speakers for the May 21 meeting are:

~ Diego May, Co-founder, JUNAR

~ Asim Mohammed, Applications Manager, the City of Pasadena

~ Phillip Leclair, Chief Information Officer, the City of Pasadena


For info on the Pasadena City open data, please visit - http://data.cityofpasadena.net/home/.


JUNAR provides open data platforms as SOCRATA does. In California, JUNAR's platforms are used by the City of Pasadena, the City of Santa Clarita, the City of San Jose, and the City of Sacramento.

Mr. Diego May is an expert of using open data to improve democratic governance and public managements in the United States as well as in Latin America, and has spoken on this subject in many US and international conferences including the 2013 UC Berkeley open data conference. Diego has extensive knowledge about using open data to drive (1) greater transparency, (2) collaboration, (3) citizen engagement and also to free up precious staff resources, and he will share it with us on May 21.

As before, Starbucks coffee and cookies will be provided. The meeting will start at 7pm sharp.

Parking along the Brand Blvd costs about $1 per hour, and you may find free parking in nearby small streets.





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  • Alex L.

    great presentations and great discussion

    May 22

  • Cynthia

    What was the name of the open source project in the same space as Junar and Socrata?

    May 22

    • Alex L.

      CKAN is the one Cynthia asked for, I think.

      May 22

    • Cynthia

      Yes! Thanks both of you.

      May 22

  • Diego

    Thanks all for the meeting. Lots going on in Open Data and the cocktail of Open Data and Data Science can certainly bring a new type of democracy as this nascent industry develops.

    I really enjoyed the interactions, the questions, the conversation. Please contact me ([masked]) if there is any question or comment.

    I will now upload a couple of pictures I took yesterday.

    May 22

  • Matti S

    Open Data - a very important part to transparency in Government. Here's some references which should help when you are looking for passion regarding Open Data. ( I think you will enjoy these 2 )

    Lessig gave this keynote at SCALE 12x
    http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/blog/message-lawrence-lessig

    Why it is important to deal with corruption in government ( Open Data will be an important component for this )
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuctDRAQPwE

    May 21

  • George W.

    Excellent speakers, contents, and location. Thank you, Alex.

    1 · May 22

  • Diane

    Another successful meetup!

    1 · May 22

  • Matti S

    Big Data Camp LA coming up June 14th 2014 at DirectTV. Please RSVP if you plan to join us. We've got a number of sponsors lined up, so the event will be free for attendees!

    http://www.bigdatacamp.org/la/531

    May 21

  • Diego

    Bob, my idea of this presentation is to not spend time with the basics of Open Data as Alex told me you guys are an Open Data Savvy crowd. Together with City of Pasadena we will talk about:
    - Open Data as a stepping stone for a more participative, innovative and engaging government
    - Interesting success stories of leveraging open data to improve diverse aspects of governance (examples from all over the world)
    - Some discussion of what we expect we will see in the coming 5 years in Open Data
    - Specific conversation about the City of Pasadena Open Data Program (current status, open data roadmap, interest in engaging with community and developers, opportunities for collaboration).

    You can reach out to me via email: [masked].

    Hope that helped.

    May 2

    • Bob J.

      Thanks, Diego, I'll send you an email. - Bob

      May 2

  • Bob J.

    As I'm out of town currently, I wonder if Diego can share a precis of his presentation. I'm especially interested in the issues of citizen engagement, co-governance, and freeing up staff resources.

    1 · May 1

  • Diego

    Thanks all for the invitation. I look forward to this joint presentation with City of Pasadena to share with you not only the experience but also to talk about datasets, areas in which civic innovation is expected, and to discuss where Open Data is heading.

    We clearly understand that this group is well versed in Open Data and Open Data Platforms so we'll very quickly get to the interesting side of Open Data and the opportunities it brings.

    In my personal view, Open Data starts with transparency and accountability, but it quickly evolves to freeing valuable datasets that can be accessed via APIs to:
    #1 - Collaborate with Government in diverse ways
    #2 - Use such valuable data feeds to power innovative products and services
    #3 - Take citizen participation to a complete new level

    I look forward to this conversation with you all. Please feel free to contact me ([masked]) if you have any comment or suggestion.

    Diego

    1 · April 25

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