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  • City of Boulder Launches New Online Transparency Tool
    October 5, 2017 / Comments Off on City of Boulder Launches New Online Transparency Tool / Blog,Visuals

    The City of Boulder has rolled out a new online tool to help measure and explain the city’s progress toward data-driven goals. The interactive platform, known as Boulder Measures, is available at bouldercolorado.gov/boulder-measures . Boulder Measures has been in beta since it debuted at two community open house events in February. It has been enhanced
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  • Data Catalog Upgrade
    July 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Data Catalog Upgrade / Blog,Data

    I am pleased to report that our upgrade of the OpenColorado data catalog to CKAN version 2.5.2 was completed successfully on 7/15/16. The upgrade brings several functional and performance improvements, such as: More built-in dataset previews; A more user-friendly look & feel; API access to datasets; The option to mark datasets as private or public;
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  • Boulder Adopts Progressive Open Data Policy
    May 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Boulder Adopts Progressive Open Data Policy / Blog

    City manager to approve progressive open data policy City Manager Jane Brautigam will sign the City of Boulder’s open data policy, designed to increase transparency and accountability by opening more city data to the community, during a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2. The policy calls for city departments to publish data
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  • Pilot Open Data Platform expands access to Boulder County Land Use information
    March 24, 2017 / Comments Off on Pilot Open Data Platform expands access to Boulder County Land Use information / Blog,Data

    New open dataset offers better tools and improved access to building permit and development information for unincorporated Boulder County. The Boulder County Land Use Department today announced the launch of an open data platform that will give residents, demographers, planners and software developers greater access to building permit and development data in unincorporated Boulder County.
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  • Boulder County Launches New Geospatial Open Data Platform
    May 10, 2016 / Comments Off on Boulder County Launches New Geospatial Open Data Platform / Blog,Data

    New platform offers better tools and improved access to geospatial data Boulder County launched a new geographic information system (GIS) open data platform that will give data enthusiasts greater access to valuable county geospatial – mapping – data assets on an interactive site. The site, located at http://maps.bouldercounty.org/OpenData, puts GIS data at users’ fingertips. Datasets
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  • Partnering for Open Data
    October 12, 2015 / Comments Off on Partnering for Open Data / Blog

    Xentity Corporation recently reached out to OpenColorado to offer pro-bono technical, development support for data.opencolorado.org. Matt Kane and James Brown, with Xentity, were CityCamp Colorado participants and have been strong open data supporters. With data.opencolorado.org running on CKAN, OpenColorado was a good fit for Xentity to build its expertise with the open source data platform.
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  • City of Boulder launches new website with Open Data
    August 9, 2013 / Comments Off on City of Boulder launches new website with Open Data / Blog

    The City of Boulder has launched a new website at bouldercolorado.gov. The site includes a new layout and design as well as several features aimed at making it easier for users to access government services and information. The last time the city launched a new site design was in 2006. View the City of Boulder
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  • CityCamp Colorado 2012 Video Recaps
    March 7, 2013 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado 2012 Video Recaps / Blog,CityCamp

    CityCamp Colorado 2012 was recently featured on Denver 8 TV. Overview: Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech excited the crowd to start the day: “We still have a digital divide. How do we reach the kinds of citizens who are very thoughtful, very dedicated, but not the kind of everyday user that might be using the
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  • OpenColorado is Hosting Data
    March 2, 2013 / Comments Off on OpenColorado is Hosting Data / Blog

    OpenColorado is very pleased to announce that we have added the data hosting ability to our open data catalog, data.opencolorado.org. Hosting is one of the key pieces of our upgrade to CKAN v 1.8. We chose the CKAN platform for our data catalog because it provides a lot of flexibility and very low cost. In
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  • CityCamp Colorado Wrap-up
    November 14, 2012 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado Wrap-up / CityCamp

    The 3rd Annual CityCamp Colorado commenced on Friday, October 26, 2012. The attendees and presenters included city CIOs and IT staff, senior city leaders, Colorado state IT leaders, private enterprises and startups, nonprofits, elected officials, and citizens. Attendee stats: Over 130 attendees – 104 attended their first CityCamp 91 attendees from government organizations 45 attendees
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  • CityCamp Colorado – Bringing Innovation to Life
    October 25, 2012 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado – Bringing Innovation to Life / CityCamp

    Colorado’s largest gathering on civic and government innovation will take place this Friday, October 26th. Denver-based nonprofit, OpenColorado is organizing the event. OpenColorado’s mission is support a transformation that will lead to a simple, beautiful, and easy-to-use government. This event, the third annual CityCamp Colorado, will again bring together community leaders, government employees, technology experts,
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  • OpenColorado goes to the White House
    September 22, 2012 / Comments Off on OpenColorado goes to the White House / Blog

    On September 25th, OpenColorado director and founder Michele Hovet will be honored for her innovative leadership in the City of Arvada as a White House Champion for Change. Joining her in D.C. are OpenColorado President and founder Brian Gryth and former President and founder Sean Hudson. Michele’s forward thinking leadership style and openness to different
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  • Colorado Code for Communities Civic Hack-a-thon
    July 27, 2012 / Comments Off on Colorado Code for Communities Civic Hack-a-thon / Blog

    Civic hackers, designers, non-profits, government organizations and data providers will be getting together tonight at Uncubed to kick-off the first Colorado Code for Communities Civic Hack-a-thon. The event is being presented by PlaceMatters with support from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. For 36 hours, event participants will hack on applications that will improve the lives
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  • A Local Business Database and App – Good Intentions, but There’s More Potential
    March 6, 2012 / Comments Off on A Local Business Database and App – Good Intentions, but There’s More Potential / Blog

    Colorado Senator Morgan Carroll introduced legislation to create a business database. The legislation would direct the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to create the database. Local businesses would voluntarily be able to register, provide information, and a pay a fee each year. The bill also requires OEDIT to create a mobile
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  • CityCamp Colorado 2010 Budget
    December 8, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado 2010 Budget / CityCamp

    Thank you to all of our Partners and Supporters who helped make CityCamp Colorado possible. In the spirit of transparency, we’re posting the budget for the camp. It may help future camp planners. CityCamp Colorado Budget Revenue Sponsors VisionTEK – Supporter $250.00 Sunlight Foundation – Partner $500.00 Cisco – Partner $500.00 Qwest – Supporter $250.00
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  • CityCamp Colorado Ignite 2011
    November 4, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado Ignite 2011 / Blog,CityCamp

    This year we had 8 speakers who covered a wide breadth of topics, and it was a great way to kick off CityCamp Colorado 2011. Thanks to all who participated. You can download the presentations and watch the videos below. The Myth and Reality of Innovation – Brian Gryth Title: Founder and Vice-President, OpenColorado Twitter:
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  • CityCamp Colorado 2011 Recap
    November 4, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado 2011 Recap / Blog,CityCamp

    What: CityCamp Colorado 2011 was an unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. When: Friday, October 28, 2011 Where: Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility 100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, Colorado 80419 Hashtag: ccCO Organized by: OpenColorado — The 2nd annual CityCamp Colorado was held on October 28, 2011, with about sixty
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  • CityCamp Colorado is Tomorrow, October 28, 2011
    October 27, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado is Tomorrow, October 28, 2011 / CityCamp

    CityCamp Colorado is tomorrow! Here are some final announcements for the camp: 1. The events really get started tonight, with a happy hour / GovUp brought to you by DotGov and Govloop. Please join us at the Hornet, 76 Broadway, Denver, at 7pm. If you haven’t already, please RSVP at http://citycampcogovup.eventbrite.com/. 2. The camp will
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  • Pre-CityCamp GovUp Happy Hour from DotGov and Govloop
    October 24, 2011 / Comments Off on Pre-CityCamp GovUp Happy Hour from DotGov and Govloop / CityCamp

    DotGov and Govloop are hosting happy hour the night before the camp, Thursday, October 27, at 7pm, at the Hornet at 76 Broadway, Denver. Please join us to get to know each other and start sharing some ideas before the camp. Please RSVP at http://citycampcogovup.eventbrite.com/. We’ll have more updates over the next few days. The
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  • How to Evangelize and Implement an Open Government Initiative
    October 20, 2011 / Comments Off on How to Evangelize and Implement an Open Government Initiative / Blog

    Here’s a presentation that Leslie Labrecque, from the City of Boulder, and I gave to a recent National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) webinar. It may not make complete sense without the accompanying commentary. If you’re interested and in Colorado, give us a call and we can come out and present to you. How to
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  • CityCamp Colorado Special Guest Stephanie O’Malley
    October 9, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado Special Guest Stephanie O’Malley / CityCamp

    Long time community leader and Colorado native Stephanie O’Malley, Deputy Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, will join us at CityCamp Colorado as our special guest on the morning of October 28th. Ms. O’Malley grew up in Denver and attended East High School before attending Howard University where she graduated with honors while
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  • CityCamp Colorado Special Guest Tom Downey
    October 9, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado Special Guest Tom Downey / CityCamp

    On October 28th, CityCamp Colorado will welcome current Director of Excise and Licensing for the city and county of Denver Tom Downey as our special guest. Mr. Downey is a leader in the Denver community with an extensive history of serving the community. Before joining Mayor Michael Hancock’s cabinet, Mr. Downey served as Director of
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  • CityCamp Colorado 2011 Update
    October 3, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado 2011 Update / Blog

    We are less than a month away from the 2nd CityCamp Colorado and we have a few exciting updates to share about the camp: 1. Stephanie O’Malley, Deputy Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and Tom Downey, Director of Excise and Licensing for the City and County of Denver will be speaking at
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  • The Local Open Government Directive and Cook County, Illinois
    September 22, 2011 / Comments Off on The Local Open Government Directive and Cook County, Illinois / Blog

    In December of 2010, I helped lead an effort to create model open government policies that any local government could adopt to institutionalize transparency, participation, and collaboration. On January 24th, 2011, this effort resulted in the publication of the Model Local Open Government Directive. The directive is designed to fill a need for open government
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  • CityCamp Colorado Theme – Enhancing Government Access
    September 11, 2011 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado Theme – Enhancing Government Access / CityCamp

    The theme of this year’s CityCamp Colorado is “Enhancing Access to Government.” However, CityCamp is the participants’ conference to plan. You pick the actual topics and issues to discuss. We want to hear your ideas, so we set up a UserVoice forum to submit topics and items to be discussed. We chose access to government
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  • Model Open Government Directive
    February 13, 2011 / Comments Off on Model Open Government Directive / Blog

    In December, Kevin Curry, Alissa Black, Scott Primeau, and I began working on a model open government directive while at Citycamp Colorado. After a flurry of work over the last month, we, with the help of a few dozen additional open government advocates, are able to bring you the model directive for local government. This
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  • Local Open Government Directive: Building Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration
    January 25, 2011 / Comments Off on Local Open Government Directive: Building Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration / Blog,CityCamp

    Just one year ago today, Kevin Curry started the CityCamp movement to bring together local government officials, government employees, private sector technology experts, journalists, and citizens to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live and to develop practices for making their city governments more transparent, participatory, collaborative, and accountable. In December
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  • Facebook Modifies Terms of Service for State and Local Government
    January 7, 2011 / Comments Off on Facebook Modifies Terms of Service for State and Local Government / Blog

    “Colorado took perhaps the most visible stance against Facebook. The state attorney general discouraged agencies from launching their own pages because the terms of service were believed to violate the state constitution. “A handful of states took similar positions, although not so visibly as Colorado,” said Charles Robb, senior policy analyst for NASCIO.” Read the
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  • Webchat on the one-year anniversary of the open gov directive
    December 8, 2010 / Comments Off on Webchat on the one-year anniversary of the open gov directive / Blog

    On December 8, 2009, the White House issued an unprecedented Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to take steps to achieve key milestones in transparency, participation, and collaboration. On the one-year anniversary of the Directive, were answering your questions on the Administrations progress and the ideas and practices that are being implemented at the White
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  • Photos from CityCamp Colorado 2010
    December 4, 2010 / Comments Off on Photos from CityCamp Colorado 2010 / CityCamp

    It was a great day with all our expectations Far exceed. Take a look at the photos, and I think you’ll agree. Full recap to come in the near future when we’ve had time to recover and let it all sink in. Thanks to all our out-of-town friends, Colorado agencies, and sponsors who made this
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  • Ignite CityCamp Colorado 2010 Agenda
    December 3, 2010 / Comments Off on Ignite CityCamp Colorado 2010 Agenda / CityCamp

    So, the topics have been selected for our Ignite CityCamp Colorado. If you have any last minute suggestions, we could fit in 1-2 more presenters. So, here they are (in no particular order): “Bridging the Digital Gap” Sean Hudson “The Full E-Government Stack in 5 Minutes” Brett Husbands “Net Neutrality” Andrew Senseney “Seeking Customer Feedback
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  • Suggest Session Topics
    November 30, 2010 / Comments Off on Suggest Session Topics / CityCamp

    In traditional BarCamp (unconference) style, you have control over the session topics. What do you want to discuss? You don’t have to “own” any topics you suggest. We are just looking to gather ideas of what people are interested in discussing. Have a passion or a project you want to share? Have some questions about
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  • How an Army of Techies Is Taking on City Hall
    November 30, 2010 / Comments Off on How an Army of Techies Is Taking on City Hall / Blog,CityCamp

    That’s the title of an article in this month’s Fast Company magazine. The timely article gives a brief overview of the Gov2.0 movement and talks with several CityCamp Colorado sponsors and attendees like – Code for America, SeeClickFix, and the Sunlight Foundation. If you haven’t seen the article yet, pick up a copy of Fast
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  • Ignite call for entries
    November 29, 2010 / Comments Off on Ignite call for entries / CityCamp

    If you’ve seen the tentative agenda, you’ll see that we are planning a short Ignite-style event from 9:30-10:30am. So, what is that you ask? Presenting on a subject of their choice, speakers have exactly 5 minutes to teach something, enlighten us, or simply inspire — backed by 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds. Quick, fun,
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  • CityCamp Colorado 2010 Agenda
    November 24, 2010 / Comments Off on CityCamp Colorado 2010 Agenda / CityCamp

    Friday, December 3, 2010 The Hornet, 76 Broadway, Denver, CO 5:30-7:30pm Happy Hour – RSVP Saturday, December 4, 2010 Strategy Loft, 209 Kalamath, Suite 10, Denver, CO 8:00-9:00am Coffee, Registration, and Session Ideation – Register Online 9:00-9:15am Welcome – Sean Hudson and Kevin Curry (CityCamp Founder) 9:15-9:30am Introductions 9:30-10:30am CityCamp Colorado Ignite – “What is
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  • So what is an “unconference” anyway?
    November 24, 2010 / Comments Off on So what is an “unconference” anyway? / CityCamp

    If you ask Wikipedia, they’ll say an “unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on a theme or purpose. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations.” Here are a
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  • Colorado Election and Voting Application
    November 19, 2010 / Comments Off on Colorado Election and Voting Application / Apps

    Google Election Center helps you provide up-to-date election information to voters and create custom search tools for your website. You can submit the following kinds of information: Polling place locations Registration instructions Ballot information State and local election office contact information The Election Center Data Manager will guide you through the process of uploading and
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  • PolicyMap – Visualize Local Health Data
    November 19, 2010 / Comments Off on PolicyMap – Visualize Local Health Data / Apps

    Visualize, understand and share local health related data for the nation from the USDA, CDC, HHS and Census. All in one place. Visualize how something like the obesity rate compares across the U.S. in both an interactive map and ranked table. Do the same for other indicators by selecting one from the data menu on
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  • RTD Mobile App
    November 19, 2010 / Comments Off on RTD Mobile App / Apps

    When you’re on the go, the new RTD mobile website gives you access to all these cool features — right from your mobile phone. With the new mobile website, you can: Find the closest stops. Locate nearby RTD stations, stops or park-n-Rides using your phone’s GPS, or by entering an address/intersection. Confirm departure times. Using
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  • CrimeReports.com
    November 19, 2010 / Comments Off on CrimeReports.com / Apps

    CrimeReports.com currently reports crime in 15 Colorado communities. Track crime in your neighborhood with CrimeReports’ interactive, easy-to-use maps. All the information on the map comes directly from your local police department so you can get the most accurate, official information available. As well, you can stay up-to-date on all crimes by signing up for free
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  • Pre-Camp Happy Hour!!!
    November 18, 2010 / Comments Off on Pre-Camp Happy Hour!!! / CityCamp

    It is official we have teamed up with our friends at Code for America to host a happy hour on December 3, 2010 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Hornet. Come join us on the 3rd for some per-camp fun. Alissa Black and CfA want to meet with CityCampers, city officials and civic-minded citizens to discuss
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  • Check out the venue for CityCamp Colorado 2010! – Strategy Loft
    November 10, 2010 / Comments Off on Check out the venue for CityCamp Colorado 2010! – Strategy Loft / CityCamp

    Hey CityCampers, we’ve nailed down a venue for CityCamp Colorado on December 4, 2010. The camp will take place at Strategy Loft in Denver, Colorado. We’ll have 1,800 sq ft of floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable seating, collaboration space, white boards, basketball hoops, and free parking … yeah, I said basketball hoops. Website: http://strategyloft.com Location: 209 Kalamath,
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  • A good overview of the possibilities with the Gov2.0 movement – The Goldmine Of Opportunities In Gov 2.0
    October 26, 2010 / Comments Off on A good overview of the possibilities with the Gov2.0 movement – The Goldmine Of Opportunities In Gov 2.0 / Blog

    Techcrunch recently wrote a good article describing the potential of the Gov2.0 movement. There’s great benefit to citizens and a great deal of money to be made by innovative entrepreneurs. Here’s an excerpt… “The opportunities aren’t just in mining financial data. Sonpreet Bhatia launched My City Way—a mobile applications platform, available in 30 cities around
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  • New York City announces 2nd Annual Big Apps Competition and talks about engaging citizens
    October 26, 2010 / Comments Off on New York City announces 2nd Annual Big Apps Competition and talks about engaging citizens / Blog

    Conducting conversations with individual citizens was stressed several times during the meeting. Services like Twitter and Facebook are used by many city agencies. The problem is many agencies treat social media like traditional PR outlets, tweeting out press releases and posting them on their Facebook pages. The Mayor’s Office seemed to understand the new media
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  • GovLoop features OpenColorado as “Project of the Week”
    October 6, 2010 / Comments Off on GovLoop features OpenColorado as “Project of the Week” / Blog

    If you work in government, you’ve likely either heard of GovLoop or you are a member yourself. Well they featured OpenColorado as the “Project of the Week.” Go check out the entire article and check out GovLoop if you havn’t visited before. http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/project-of-the-week-open

  • UK NESTA Launches “Make it Local” Open Data Initiative
    October 2, 2010 / Comments Off on UK NESTA Launches “Make it Local” Open Data Initiative / Blog

    It would be interesting to see Colorado Smart Communities do something like this. — Local authorities will have the chance to collaborate with digital media developers to provide their communities with innovative, web-based services, as part of a new project run by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). The project, called
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  • Trend Watch – Big Changes at City Levels in New York
    June 8, 2010 / Comments Off on Trend Watch – Big Changes at City Levels in New York / Blog

    The New York City Council Committee on Technology will hold an important hearing on open data standards for all city agencies at 10:00am on June 21, 2010 at 250 Broadway, New York, NY (Across the from City Hall). This bill, Introduction 029-2010 (formerly Intro. 991-2009), is an effort to increase government transparency and facilitate easier
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  • CSC Labs Interview on CivSource
    May 11, 2010 / Comments Off on CSC Labs Interview on CivSource / Blog

    Jeffery Smith of CivSource wrote and published an article today on CSC Labs. It’s a great overview of our group and talks briefly of our initiatives. Second generation of Gov2.0 initiatives rise in the Rockies “The Gov2.0 ecosystem is growing. Efforts that began in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Toronto are beginning to take root
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  • Gov 2.0 Camp Update
    March 24, 2010 / Comments Off on Gov 2.0 Camp Update / Blog

    The date and location of the first Rocky Mountains Gov 2.0 Camp has been confirmed. The camp is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the CU Wolf School of Law in Boulder, CO,http://www.colorado.edu/campusmap/map.pdf. Registration for the event is available athttp://rmgov20camp.eventbrite.com/. The event is open to anyone interested in improving
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  • Making Public Data Findable Data – WORKSHOP
    March 16, 2010 / Comments Off on Making Public Data Findable Data – WORKSHOP / Blog

    This came in through the GIS Colorado listserve, so most GIS folks might have seen this. From Brian Timoney: With the Open Data/Open Government movement gathering steam both here in the US and abroad, public organizations are revisiting how best to make their geospatial information available to the public in more user-friendly ways than FTP
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  • Rocky Mountain Gov 2.0 Camp
    February 23, 2010 / Comments Off on Rocky Mountain Gov 2.0 Camp / Blog

    Today I am happy to announce that the first Rocky Mountain Gov 2.0 Camp in June 2010. Government 2.0 Camp is a participant driven and group organized unconference about government’s use of social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies. This camp will bring together government leaders, policy makers, scholars, students, contractors, and government employees to
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  • City of Arvada publishes a data catalog
    February 12, 2010 / Comments Off on City of Arvada publishes a data catalog / Blog

    The timing of the recent Open Government Directive by the Obama administration and the launch of Arvada’s OpenData Initiative was not purely coincidental or serendipitous, but it almost seems that way. Arvada had been working on the catalog for a few months when President Obama instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
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  • Government Technology Magazine shows CSC Labs some love
    February 12, 2010 / Comments Off on Government Technology Magazine shows CSC Labs some love / Blog

    So, it’s been a little over a week since this idea was launched. We’ve already had one meeting that resulted in two action items, and membership to the group has taken off. To help us out, Government Technology Magazine published an article last week giving us a little love – thanks! If you’re reading this
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  • Notes from a meeting with Leonard Lin of Code for America
    February 5, 2010 / Comments Off on Notes from a meeting with Leonard Lin of Code for America / Blog

    In February, several cities / counties had the opportunity to meet with Leonard Lin of Code for America. I jotted down items that were interesting to me, or that I wanted to follow up on after the meeting. Perhaps they will be of use to others as well. Seattle, Boston, Santa Cruz are likely candidates
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