FreshWrap: Citizenville, EU and Japan data portals, NYC BigApps

Here’s what made my radar this week. Share your open government news in the comments.

Code for America is starting a weekly hack night at its San Francisco headquarters.

Lessons learned from the Kenya Open Data Initiative.

Four lessons learned launching Code4Kenya.

Emer Coleman is leaving UK’s Government Digital Service. Here’s what she learned.

I really enjoy TechPresident’s weekly podcast, especially this week’s critique of Gavin Newsom and his new book Citizenville from Sarah Lai Stirland.

See also Beth Noveck’s review of Citizenville.

For these urban mechanics, city hall is a place to experiment.

Vegas Hack disrupts open data.

Japan launches an open data portal.

The EU also launched an open data portal, powered by CKAN.

San Diego’s open government department has its limits.

Open Data Day 2013 wrap-up from Open Knowledge Foundation.

OKF will host an Open Data on the Web Workshop April 23-24 “to discuss how we can realize the promise of open data on the web.”

Philadelphia publishes an open data guidebook For city departments.

From Fairy Tale to Reality: Dispelling the Myths around Citizen Engagement”

NYC BigApps is coming soon.

Is New York City the best place in the world for open data? Find out March 7.

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh, co-founder/CEO of ProudCity and co-host of the podcast, The Government We Need. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at


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