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5 Government Technology Trends to Watch in 2015

5 Government Technology Trends to Watch in 2015

There’s no denying that technology helps you deliver services faster—giving you the ability to improve your civic operations. With an ever-changing technology landscape, municipalities are pressured to transform and adapt quickly. As the evolution in technology and government grows in 2015, we not only need to evaluate trends, but also understand what makes sense for your city and your citizens.

Here are the top five local government technology trends to check out in the coming year:

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Discussing the Real Value of Open Data with State, City and County Leaders and the Sunlight Foundation

Discussing the Real Value of Open Data with State, City and County Leaders and the Sunlight Foundation
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On September 29th I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at the NASCIO annual conference on the value of open data. Entitled “Open Data: Is the Value Real?,” the panel also included: Dale Hartman, IT Service Delivery Manager, King County Elections Washington Carolyn Parnell, Chief Information Officer, State of Minnesota Barbara L. Cohn, Chief Data Officer, New York Office of Information Technology Services Emily Shaw, National Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation During our talk, we had a chance to dive in deep on the real value of open data for governments. One of the most encouraging takeaways for me was that the vast majority of attendees at this year’s NASCIO annual conference understood what open data was, and were convinced that it would improve government efficiency and provide value to the people governments serve. I thought the panel—led by Alan Shark, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of...
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Guest Blog on PBS MediaShift: Open Data Beyond the Big City

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The below is an excerpt of my guest blog on PBS MediaShift. You can r ead the full post here . Big cities, like San Francisco, are more likely to have adopted open data than smaller cities. This is a problem, says Headd. Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license . “The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed.” –William Gibson. The Economist, December 4, 2003 The last time I heard Tim O’Reilly speak was at the Accela Engage conference in San Diego earlier this year. In his remarks, Tim used the above quote from William Gibson — it struck me as a pretty accurate way to describe the current state of open data in this country. Open data is the future — of how we govern, of how public services are delivered, of how governments engage with those that they...
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The Accela Civic Platform: What’s (Trust) Love (and Creativity) Got to Do with It?

The Accela Civic Platform: What’s (Trust) Love (and Creativity) Got to Do with It?
At Accela, our company values of Trust, Love and Creativity drive everything we do. Though we don’t outwardly talk about these values frequently, they inform and support the way we behave internally as well as how we interact with customers, partners, developers and citizens. Because our beliefs and values are so important to us and everything we do, I wanted to take a moment to describe to you how we are living out these values. We believe that engagement makes all the difference, and we make engagement easy by building bridges between citizens and government. To take it one step further, how does being a platform provider fit in with our corporate purpose of building a better democracy through engagement? And what are the implications of living our core values of trust, love and creativity? The answer is in the Civic Platform, which simultaneously helps us serve agencies, citizens and...
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Guest Blog from Buildingeye | Referendum for a Dream: Why Data Standardization Is the Next Evolution for U.S. Cities

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The private sector has always led the race in technological advancement, usually leaving government agencies and city municipalities decades in the past. However, one of the few places where government entities have been pressed forward in this area is for defense applications. Yet collaborative technology partnerships continue to move forward—and even in the past few years, we’ve seen how companies like Accela and governments have been working together in mitigating disasters. Appallicious has a disaster assessment dashboard to help citizens in disaster situations and are working directly with FEMA. DigitalGlobe was recently able to help the U.S. military move their assets in place during the massive flooding in Colorado and even the California wildfires this past year.Through such a powerful partnership, the U.S. military was able to save countless lives, and these scenarios also taught a very important lesson: the data needs to flow, because populations depend on it. How...
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Guest Blog from Appallicious: The Case for Comprehensive Open Data Legislation

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On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 63 people and injuring nearly 4,000 residents. The quake also caused an estimated $6 billion in damage and displaced over 12,000 people. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the earthquake, and though we don’t know for sure when the next “big one” will hit, we now have access to resources and tools to better prepare and recover from disasters like these. At the White House last week, Appallicious unveiled one of these new tools during a disaster technology event -- the Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard, or DAAD . This new online tool creates a “shareable economy” to aid in economic stability post-disaster. DAAD utilizes open data to assess community resiliency and promote pre-disaster preparedness, allowing for more resilient economic recovery in the wake of a disaster by creating a more robust and locally...
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