November 3, 2009
Developing Data Transparency Portals at the State Level
The National Association of State CIOs has published A Call to Action for State Government: Guidance for Opening the Doors to State Data as initial guidance and recommendations to help state governments get started with data transparency portals. From the Report:
State governments have been leaders in the establishment of state transparency and accountability portals and are now considering including high priority datasets in the mix. The next phase in this open government transformation is the democratization of data as evidenced by the federal government’s creation of www.data.gov. With vast data resources, States are in a similar position to create a new kind of relationship with their citizens. ... The difference now is the availability and provision of raw, machine-readable data, structured to allow manipulation and analysis electronically. This allows the combining of multiple public datasets using mashups to create new information, data and services. Data within the context of these discussions is unabridged data; data that has not been aggregated, summarized or interpreted.
See also NASCIO's 2009 Best Practices in the Use of Information Technology in State Government. The publication contains summaries of innovative state government programs in the following areas: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery ; Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships; Data, Information and Knowledge Management; Digital Government – G to B; Digital Government – G to C; Digital Government – G to G; Enterprise IT Management Initiatives; Information Communications Technology Innovations; Information Security and Privacy; and IT Project and Portfolio Management. [JH]