As someone who is far from a techie - I was very impressed with the presentors ability to share information in a way that I could comprehend. The meet-up stimulated for me the possibilities that could emanate from this work both for civic engagement and government/public agency transparency. Our tendency as a society is to be "hard-wired" to focus on the negative - given this, I'd like to keep shining a light on the collaborations that can form for the benefit of the whole. While some of these data can be utilized for "watch-dog" purposes - I'd hope that more attention will be paid to the opportunities that this work presents for establishing civic pride and trust in government. Lastly - I'd like to see that attention be concurrently paid to strategic planning for implemenation that addresses access for the hugely diverse population in our city, i.e., community level education and training for the people who can most directly impact its effective utilization.
0 · August 3, 2012