Public servants, developers and entrepreneurs gathered together to discuss and learn about the civic value of open data and how the City of San Francisco and private citizens are leveraging this opportunity at sf.govfresh, Sept. 1, at Adobe Systems’ San Francisco offices. Speakers included San Francisco Chief Information Officer Chris Vein, Mom Maps Founder & CEO Jill Seman, San Francisco Department of Technology Director of Innovation Jay Nath, Stamen Partner Michal Migurski, Routesy Founder Steven Peterson and SF Environment Internet Communications Coordinator Lawrence Grodeska.
Special thanks to Adobe for hosting and sponsoring the event. This was GovFresh’s first event, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner and supporter. I firmly believe fostering true community through events such as sf.govfresh is where industry needs to invest more of its outreach budget.
Chris Vein, CIO, San Francisco (Part 1):
Chris Vein, CIO, San Francisco (Part 2):
Jay Nath, Director of Innovation, San Francisco:
Steven Peterson, Routesy:
Lawrence Grodeska, SF Environment:
Michal Migurski, Stamen Design + Crimespotting:
Jill Seman, Mom Maps (Part 1):
Jill Seman, Mom Maps (Part 2):
Open Q&A with Chris Vein, CIO, San Francisco:
Here’s a few of the presentations slides.
‘Open311 API‘ (Jay Nath, Director of Innovation, San Francisco):
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)
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.
This InformationWeek video features San Francisco’s open data initiative and DataSF.org. Executive editor Fritz Nelson interviews SF mayor Gavin Newsom, SF CTO Blair Adams, SF Director of Innovation Jay Nath and developers building applications from this newly-open data.
San Francisco public officials, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, discuss the launch of launch of DataSF.org and the city’s open government initiative at a meeting with city department heads. Highlights include Newsom’s overview of why the effort is important and Tim O’Reilly’s talk on government as a platform.
Gavin Newsom (Mayor, San Francisco):
“This is transformational. This is real. This is not insignificant from my perspective. This is not just incidental. This is fundamental … We have got to unleash the creative talent, not just inside all of us physically here, and within all of our city departments, but within the city and county of San Francisco, the region, the state, the nation. By giving people information you empower them, and with that information and empowerment comes innovation and new ideas at a scale and scope and speed that puts everything we’re doing in perspective. “
Ed Reiskin (Director, San Francisco Department of Public Works):
“All of this data that we use to run the government. This data is not our data. The data is for the public, for the people. The systems we use are not our systems. They’re the public’s systems. They’re for the people.”
Here’s video from the August 2009 news conference announcing the launch of DataSF.org, San Francisco’s open data site, which provides “structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format.”
The press conference is attended by SF officials and technology entrepreneurs, including SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, SF CIO Chris Vein, SF Dept of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin, SF Director of Innovation Jay Nath, Tim O’Reilly and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. There’s a general Q&A that includes examples of how citizens and entrepreneurs are leveraging the newly-opened data.
For those working in local governments, this is a great overview of how citizens, local businesses and government officials are working together to make government more efficient and create economic opportunities for businesses simply by opening up public data.
Frankly, after watching this, I don’t see how more locales wouldn’t follow suit.