Port of San Francisco (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

SF names Joy Bonaguro as city’s first chief data officer

In a Twitter exchange between San Francisco Chief Information Officer Marc Touitou and myself, Touitou confirmed that the city has appointed Joy Bonaguro as its first chief data officer.

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D.A.T.A. and opening up Latin America

GovFresh 2013 Civic Organization of the Year, Datos Abiertos, Transparencia y Acceso a la información, shares its work and plans for the future.

Government’s role in fostering sustainable civic technology

In a new blog post, Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Mark Headd shares his thoughts on what it will take to make civic technology sustainable, including government insisting on open source software solutions.

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Obama’s IT ‘trauma team’ and recruiting Silicon Valley

Brill’s “Obama’s Trauma Team” features U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Obama’s fix-it man Jeff Zients, presidential innovation fellows, venture capitalist John Doerr, members of Obama’s campaign tech team and some of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs.

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Pete Peterson on public engagement and, literally, a platform for civic innovation

Davenport Institute’s Pete Peterson has spent the last seven years working with local governments on improving their approach to public engagement. Now, he’s running for California secretary of state on a platform centered around civic innovation.

Photo courtesy of Piqua, Ohio.

Piqua sets the civic example for cities of all sizes

GovFresh 2013 Small City of the Year Piqua, Ohio, is a shining example of the old adage “small is beautiful.” With its multi-pronged approach to engaging citizens, Piqua is proof that it doesn’t take a big city budget to execute big civic ideas.

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New Zealand forks the United Kingdom

Perhaps the biggest civic open source story of 2013 was the government of New Zealand’s copying of the United Kingdom’s gov.uk code to begin building a new version of its own website.

Nick Selby, co-founder and CEO, StreetCred (Photo: Code for America)

Startup.civ: StreetCred

StreetCred helps law enforcement agencies locate fugitives, get them out of the community, and bring the officers home safely each day.

Photo: Steve Rhodes

Inside the new BART.gov

Bay Area Rapid Transit Web Services Manager Timothy Moore discusses the recent upgrade of its flagship website, BART.gov, including a Drupal migration, embracing agile development, encouraging third-party developers to build off its open data and APIs, and plans for the future.

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GovFresh WP: building a government WordPress theme

Despite the fact that millions of websites around the world today are powered by low- and no-cost open source content management systems, nearly all small city governments remain trapped in the 90s. To date, however, this need hasn’t adequately been served, and we need to change this. We can change this.

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