Newly Redesigned Boston.gov Just Went Open Source

Officials boast this is the first time a major U.S. city has made its full website code public.

Syracuse Wants Citizens to Help Boost Street Quality Using Open Data

“It’s a way of bringing new resources and new ideas to a very traditional problem,” said Mayor Stephanie Miner.

When It Comes to Open Data, ‘Make Sure That It Is Meeting a Need of the User’

Experts in Washington, D.C. for Smart Cities Week discussed ways to help achieve this goal.

California's Open Data Portal Goes Open Source for the Apps

The portal will be maintained by the state Office of Digital Innovation alongside its Innovation Lab--centralization that should bode well for future app development.

Pennsylvania’s New Open Data Website Is Now Live

A dozen datasets, including those related to government performance, schools and jobs, are currently available through the online portal.

Is Your County a Top Digital County?

IT reorganization, mobile apps and open data projects set Arlington County, Va., apart from others of its size.

It’s Time to Revolutionize the FOIA Process With Democratized Data

By making their data available and understandable to people, governments are able to save time and build trust with their residents.

4 Ways to Make Open Data Meaningful

Helping citizens build smarter communities through GIS technology the can help spur innovation, form connections and ultimately lead to action.

Chicago’s New Civic Tech Collaboration: Better E. Coli Risk Predictions

Volunteers are helping the Chicago Park District figure out whether there are better analytics models for water contamination hazards at Lake Michigan beaches.

Chicago Just Released a Massive Amount of Bike-Sharing Data

A new dataset about the Divvy bike-sharing program is now the largest available through the city’s open data portal, with over 52 million rows of information.

Cities Get a Resource Toolkit for Data-Driven Government

In addition, What Works Cities named 12 more to its performance initiative.

Making Data-Driven Government Fundamental and Sustainable in City Halls

As the What Works Cities program, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, celebrates its first year, municipal leaders and experts are looking at ways to make the results of their data efforts “so essential that nobody can take it away.”

Pennsylvania Just Launched a State-Level Open Data Program

Created by executive order, a centralized open data portal is planned for August.

Los Angeles City Controller Unveils New Economic and Demographic Data Portal

“[R]esidents, businesses and policymakers all have new tools to separate facts from fiction, and to make better data-driven decisions,” according to Ron Galperin.

State and Local Daily Digest: Wyo.’s Natural Resource Explorer; Tenn. Senator Wants to De-Annex Then Doesn’t

Also in our news roundup: A micro-housing model city; Pennsylvania takes to medical marijuana; and Maine braces for budworms.

This Year’s ‘City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge’ Is Here

Winners will be chosen from among Amazon Web Services customers, if their cloud solution could inform other regional and local governments.

Helping to Close the 'Data Gap' at City Halls Across the Nation

Lack of training and resources challenge U.S. municipalities trying to improve their decisionmaking processes, according to a new What Works Cities report.

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