Wuji Technology is a supporter of open and easily accessible data especially as it applies to government. As a benefits corporation established in the city of Jacksonville, we’re interested in removing barriers so that the citizens, educational institutions, entrepreneurs and the city can work to tackle some of Jacksonville’s issues together. There are many open source, ready to implement technology tools that we can put in Jacksonville’s tool belt offered by organizations like Code for America as well as an opportunity to tap into the latest technology trends (i.e. machine learning). However, they are dependent upon the ability to easily access city data. The city of Jacksonville has done work to make data accessible, but there is opportunity to make it better.
In order to take action, we have to work to make the data accessible.
The first step is to initiate a citizen lead baseline and review of the current state of Jacksonville’s open data practices as compared to standards set out by The Sunlight Foundation, Open Knowledge International and other cities. That’s why we kick started Jacksonville’s participation in the US City Open Data Census. The census encourages an evaluation of city data through its scorecard which measures the availability and ease of access across a landscape of different data sets.
Calling all open data ambassadors because many hands make light work!!!
This is a citizen lead initiative and we are encouraging our fellow Jacksonville residents that share the same vision and want to dedicate a small chunk of time (~ 1-2 hrs. per data set) to help with the scorecard. We have taken on the responsibility of city Data Librarian whose role is to review submissions for accuracy tied to the scorecard methodology and engage in conversation with the city. We ask that others start with the steps below to get involved. You can tackle as many or as few data sets as you’d like.
Step 1: Review the FAQ on datasets and how to submit: http://us-city.census.okfn.org/faq
Step 2: Choose a dataset and thoroughly research current state for COJ
Step 3: Submit for Jacksonville, FL -> http://us-city.census.okfn.org/place/jacksonville
What’s the long term gain here?
The end goal is to have a city supported open data policy, investment into providing the data in an easily accessible format, partnerships formed between all parties and to begin leveraging the data to produce insights and tech or non-tech solutions to identified issues. After the scorecard is completed, it can be used in conversation with the city on how to overcome challenges with policy and actually making the data more open.
Have any additional questions? Contact us. We’d love to discuss!
Thank you for the investment in your time, even if it was only to read the details of this project and then hopefully spread the word!
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