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.

beta.govt.nz

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.

GovFresh WP

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.

Photo: U.S. Health & Human Services

The politics of physics (and healthcare.gov)

Since last October the U.S. media, in full orgasmic throng, has been barking madly over the fate of the Healthcare.gov rollout. There has been overwhelming and obdurate polarization around positions on issues that would, in other arenas, be viewed through the objective lens of what most agree are facts.

2013 GovFresh Awards

2013 GovFresh Awards winners

Congratulations to the 2013 GovFresh Awards winners and thank you to everyone who participated in the process, including the incredible judges, as well as CivicActions and NuCivic who support my work here at GovFresh.

2013 GovFresh Awards

What I learned doing the GovFresh Awards

Tomorrow, we’ll announce the winners of the 2013 GovFresh Awards, and I’m really excited, but the whole process didn’t come without some hiccups, and I wanted to share these with the community, what I learned, what I did during the process, and want your ideas on how we can make it better.

SmartProcure

Startup.civ: SmartProcure

SmartProcure is a government purchasing database that helps agencies improve purchasing decisions and vendors win more government business.

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park with President Obama (Photo: White House)

An API strategy for the U.S. government

I was asked to provides some thoughts on what is next for the U.S. government’s application programming interface strategy. I’ve put a lot of thought into it during my work and travels over the last couple months since I’ve left Washington, D.C., and I keep coming back to one thought: strengthen what we have.

Data.gov

Why no one uses your government data

Publishing government information is about much more than simply throwing 0’s and 1’s over the firewall. It’s about building ecosystems and communities. It’s about solving shared challenges. It’s about consumption — after all, that’s the American way.

Civic values

This morning I received the Citizinvestor newsletter that included a well-thought out and strong values statement, important for any company, but especially those focused on serving the public sector.