November's meetup centers on the code by which our city functions. Speakers are as follows:
• Susana Mendoza (http://www.susanamendoza.com/), City Clerk of the City of Chicago (http://chicityclerk.com/), will talk about her office's key role in the complex task of maintaining the Municipal Code (http://chicityclerk.com/legislation-records/municipal-code/) and their efforts to modernize the process of keeping it current
• A representative from American Legal Publishing Corporation (http://www.amlegal.com/) will talk about the process of codification, where they do the hard work of making sure the actual proceedings of City Council are recorded into the journals and injected into the Municipal Code
• Carl Malamud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Malamud), President and Founder of Public.Resource.Org (http://public.resource.org/), will talk about his work to get all the quarterly releases of these codes back to 2008 and publish them here (https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/city/il/Chicago/)
• Waldo Jaquith (http://www.linkedin.com/in/waldoj), an Open Government Technologist who is leading an effort to test the Open Data Institute model for open data standards in the United States (http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-release/data-transparency-effort-successful-uk-be-tested-u/)
• Seamus Kraft (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/seamus-kraft/9/631/37b), Executive Director of the OpenGov Foundation (http://opengovfoundation.org/), will talk about the Chicago Decoded website (http://chicagocode.org/) they created using existing Municipal Code PDFs from the City. He'll also cover their plans for the product to make our existing laws more searchable, and linkable, and sharable
Besides the great lineup of relevant & authoritative speakers, this is going to be a very special meeting of OpenGovChicago, for a number of reasons.
First, the venue will be different than our usual location at the Chicago Community Trust. Due to scheduling issues, we will have this meeting at the Millennium Room of the historic Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington Street. We will be sure to send reminders on this one-time location change as we get closer to the event.
It will also be special because of the visit by Carl Malamud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Malamud), one of the pioneers of the Internet (http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/04/us/turning-the-desktop-pc-into-a-talk-radio-medium.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm) & the open data movement (http://www.nytimes.com/1994/01/17/business/internet-users-get-access-to-sec-filings-fee-free.html) and something of a guidestar for us here at OpenGovChicago. More than five years ago, I helped Carl hold the Independent Government Observers Task Force (http://igotf.org/) meeting here at the Gleacher Center. Some OpenGovChicago members attended this meeting, included our founder, Joe Germuska, who was inspired to create this group and turn his career to these concepts.
Lastly, we're honored to have the City Clerk, Susana Mendoza at our meetup. We appreciate the commitment of the Clerk and her office and it is great to have a citywide elected official participate in our gatherings.
We're super-excited about November 14, and we hope you'll join us.
UPDATE: We're working the announcements that we have at the beginning of every meeting. Brett Goldstein will talk about the new Master's Degree Program Merges Public Policy and Computer Science (http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/press-release/new-masters-degree-program-merges-public-policy-and-computer-science) and David Moore of the Participatory Politics Foundation (http://www.participatorypolitics.org/) will demo AskThem (http://askthem.io).
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