San Francisco is one of a few major U.S. cities leading the way in the open government, Gov 2.0 movement. SF has opened up data, issued an agency-wide open government directive and continues to pursue innovative opportunities around this effort. (See all SF news at sf.govfresh.com)
Here’s an overview:
San Franciscoâ€™s Open Data Executive Directive
On October 21, 2009, Mayor Gavin Newsom issued SFâ€™s Open Data Executive Directive that states:
The City and County of San Francisco will be able to engage our innovative high-tech workforce by releasing data, a key component of San Franciscoâ€™s future economic development. By providing government data that adheres to privacy and security policies, San Franciscoâ€™s world class technology community is given the platform from which to create useful civic tools, all at no cost to City government. By bringing City data and San Franciscoâ€™s entrepreneurs together, we can effectively leverage existing resources to stimulate industry, create jobs and highlight San Franciscoâ€™s creative culture and attractiveness as a place to live and work. Finally, the City and County of San Franciscoâ€™s technology presence will begin to reflect that of our world class, cutting edge private technology sector, and help us better engage the wealth of knowledge and skills of our local community.
Newsom and others discuss launch of DataSF and the cityâ€™s open government initiative with city department heads:
DataSF.org is SFâ€™s open data site that provides â€œstructured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format.â€ Dataset categories include geography, admin & finance, environment, housing, human services, public safety, public works and transit.
(See also San Franciscoâ€™s DataSF launch)
Press conference announcing DataSF launch:
DataSF App Showcase
Video from SFGTV:
SF on GovFreshTV
Franciscoâ€™s CIO Chris Vein answers the question â€˜What does Gov 2.0 mean to you?â€™
SF Director of Innovation Jay Nath:
Gov 2.0 Radio:
The Promise of Open Data: We talk with City of San Francisco CTO Blair Adams, SF innovations manager Jay Nath, and Web developer Tom Croucher about the open access to government data.