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Transparency Camp in Cleveland 2016
Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:10.
I am going to try and revisit this post to update it with information gleaned from the Sunlight Foundation. First, I will say I was extremely proud that the Cleveland Public Library hosted this event and that the Library Director Felton Thomas opened the session eloquently with his personal experience on how libraries are the great equalizer in society.
I attended a session entitled "You Say FOIA - I Say Open Data" lead by a presenter from MuckRock.com - we also discussed where cities and goverment are making strides to improve the public's access to information - I was impressed by discussion points made by Josh Kalov (Chicago) and Vyki Englert (Los Angeles) and Rahul Sinha (Washington DC) - please google them. I brought up 311 system (not FOIA, but related) - and noted that CLE is making a halfhearted attempt to implement.
I also attended a session led by Will Tarter (CLE-CUY http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2016/09/cuyahoga_coun...) - regarding the problems inherent in open data requests, when the government and agencies release information using a pdf form. I learned about Socrata https://socrata.com/ and various ways agencies scrap data from government sites. I enjoyed meeting Andrew Nicklin (NY, NY) and Eamon Johnson (CLE)
Finally, I attended a session that dealt specifically with state data portals - and was thrilled to learn more about the Open Checkbook project intiated by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Met Frank Kohstall, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Treasurer of Ohio and Hans Poschman with digitaldemocracy.org -
Met some amazing local CLE folks and intellectual people from all over the country. Will write more as I explore all of the great efforts being made to open data and develop smart cities of the future. I could not attend the second day - but I am shifting through the posts for more information.