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Today in OpenGov: Analyzing the state of cities’ bulk data

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 16:00
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By The Sunlight Foundation

A graph comparing the percentage of bulk data in cities and the population size.

[FIGURE: Comparing U.S cities' population size and bulk data access]

STATE OF THE STATES:  Sunlight’s Richard Yarrow dug into the U.S. Open Data Census and came up with an insight: open data indicators frequently are correlated with the population of a municipality. “In other words, whether one is looking at the overall scores on the US City Open Data Census or at expert evaluations of a city’s open data program, cities with larger populations tend to do better at implementing open data.” [READ MORE]

PARTY TIME: Sunlighters Libby Watson and Josh Stewart are at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, exploring the scene and the parties, with an eye on money in politics and influence. Including boats. [READ MORE]

ONLINE: The Library of Congress’ websites are back online after fending off a denial of service attack over the past 48 hours. “This was a massive and sophisticated DNS assault, employing multiple forms of attack, adapting and changing on the fly,” wrote the Library’s CIO, Bernard Barton Jr. “We’ve turned over key evidence to the appropriate authorities who will investigate and hopefully bring the instigators of this assault to justice.” [InfoDocket]



State and Local  

  • A federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act. [Texas Tribune]
  • Speaking of Texas, El Paso held an open government seminar today. [El Paso Times]
  • The Smart Chicago Collaborative is partnering with the City of Detroit, Data Driven Detroit, and Microsoft to build a Civic User Testing Group in Detroit. [Smart Chicago]
  • Jessica Singleton, announcing that she was moving on from her post as chief digital officer for the City of New York, reflected on her tenure. [Medium]


  • President Barack Obama touted the Open Government Partnership at today’s Global Development Summit in DC. [White House]
  • Speaking of the Open Government Partnership, the multilateral global initiative is asking for governments and civil society organizations to send them videos describing “concrete examples” of achievements, challenges and visions for the future in EnglishFrench and Spanish. If you have them, please share! [OGP]

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