Civic Innovations

Technology, Government Innovation, and Open Data


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  • The Key to Open Gov Success: Common Standards

    There is a really good post on the state of open government in Canada and the use of specific data licenses by Canadian cities over on David Eaves’ blog. His post raises an important issue for the open government movement, one that I believe will ultimately determine it’s success or failure – the adoption of… Continue reading

  • Open311 Goes Big Time

    This was a big week for the Open311 initiative. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra joined Gov 2.0 rock star Mayor Gavin Newsom from the City of San Francisco to announce a national initiative to adopt a common standard for a 311 API. The number of supporters for the initiative is growing, and I think it’s high… Continue reading

  • Coming Full Circle on 311

    Tomorrow in New York City, developers, project managers, public policy specialists and others will come together to discuss an open standard specification for 311 services. One of the primary motivators for this discussion is the work that has been done by the District of Columbia which has deployed an open API for reporting 311 requests.… Continue reading

  • Open Gov: A Means to and End

    With all of the activity and excitement taking place around the country focused on new Government 2.0 and open government initiatives, its easy for those involved to get lost in the technology. Those of us that love technology and work with it for a living can get lost pretty quickly in the minutia of implementing… Continue reading

  • Measuring Gov 2.0 Performance

    If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.” – Lord Kelvin There is a lot of exciting news lately coming from state and local governments about innovative new uses for social networking and Gov 2.0 tools. Even the smallest burgs and hamlets in our fair nation are on Twitter, and even the… Continue reading

About Me

I am the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia. I also served as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, and as Director of the State of Delaware’s Government Information Center. For about six years, I served in the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS), and helped pioneer their work with state and local governments. I also led platform evangelism efforts for TTS’ cloud platform, which supports over 30 critical federal agency systems.