A City Government-themed editathon!
Did you know that February 23, 2013 was International Open Data Day? To celebrate Open Data Day in Oakland, the community group Open Oakland held an all-day hackathon in Oakland at the 81st Ave. Library Branch for coders and non-coder alike.
During the hackathon, Oakland Wiki organizers lead an all-day Oakland Wiki editathon, focusing on all things civic: City Council (people and meetings), city policies, city politics, and more. We dubbed the editathon "#oakmtg editathon" for short. :)
Check out the list we made of suggested topics to work on! Make sure to also take a look at the site for Oakland Open Data day at http://opendataday.openoakland.org/
Pages Created and Updated
- tags/#oakmtg: This "tags" page allowed us to follow each others' page creations throughout the event.
- tags/OFD: We imported a complete list of Oakland Fire Department stations.
- 81st Avenue Branch Library
- Free Computer Access in Oakland
- Golden Gate Branch Library
- Libby Schaaf
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
- Rockridge Branch
- Montclair Branch
- Melrose Branch
- Brookfield Branch
- Elmhurst Branch Page
- Lakeview Branch Library
- Golden Gate Branch
- West Oakland Branch Library
- Oakland City Council
- City Council Members (historical)
- Eastmont Branch Library
- Oakland City Council members, past and present.
- Dimond Branch
- Asian Branch
- Feb 10 2013 Safe Oakland Series: Robert Wasserman
- Safe Oakland
- all the parks in Oakland!
- Masjid Al-Iman
- Books About Oakland
- Dan Kalb
- Private Industry Council
- Oakland Police Department
- Peralta Playland
- Find a Job
- Oakland Oaks
- Howard A. Jordan
- Unemployment Insurance
- 16th Street Station
- Unbuilt Oakland
- Dave Stewart
- Fruitvale District
- Martin Luther King Jr. Way
- Why Oakland Wiki?
- The Trappist
- Mosswood Recreational Center
- Digital Literacy
Oakland City Council Resolution
RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING FEBRUARY 23, 2013 AS OPEN DATA DAY IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
WHEREAS, Open Data represents the idea that information such as government databases should be easily and freely available to everyone to use and republish without restrictions; and
WHEREAS, Open Data increases transparency, access to public information, and improves coordination and efficiencies among agencies and partner organizations; and
WHEREAS, access to public information promotes a higher level of civic engagement and allows citizens to provide valuable feedback to government officials regarding local issues; and
WHEREAS, this month Oakland has formally announced the launch of its open data platform “data.oaklandnet.com,” that will serve as the central repository of the City of Oakland’s public data, such as data on crime, public works, public facilities, and spatial data, allowing all users to freely access, visualize and download City data, enabling public scrutiny and empowering the creativity of civic-minded software developers; and
WHEREAS, Oakland was honored to be selected as one of only ten cities in America to participate in the 2013 Code for America (CFA) program, where three CFA fellows will work with the City to identify web-based solutions to break down cumbersome bureaucratic processes and emerge with better systems that will help cut costs, increase efficiency, and provide better service to the public; and
WHEREAS, Open Data activists have recently founded the civic innovation organization Open Oakland – a Code for America Brigade, which meets every Tuesday evening in City Hall, bringing together coders, designers, “data geeks,” journalists, and city staff to collaborate on solutions to improve Oakland’s service delivery to all citizens of Oakland; and
WHEREAS, on December 1, 2012 Open Oakland produced the first ever “CityCamp Oakland,” inside city hall, where over 100 stakeholders came together to discuss solutions to improve Oakland; and
WHEREAS, Oakland recently launched a community engagement web site called
“EngageOakland.com,” to encourage community ideas, feedback and suggestions to help shape, grow and sustain the healthy future of Oakland; and
WHEREAS, “February 23, 2013 is International Data Day,” a day in which citizens around the world will gather to access Open Data, write applications, create visualizations, publish analyses, and encourage the adoption of open data policies at the local, regional and national government levels; and
WHEREAS, on February 23, 2013 at Oakland’s 81st Avenue Branch Library, Open Oakland, in honor of International Open Data Day, will host a day of “hacking” public data and building data visualization tools to help explain data and make stronger community-government connections; therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the City Council hereby declares February 23, 2013 as Open Data Day in the City of Oakland; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED: That in honor of International Open Data Day the City Council hereby recognizes and salutes Open Oakland founders Steve Spiker and Eddie Tejada; Oakland’s 2013 Code For America Fellows Richa Agarwal, Cris Cristina and Sheila Dugan, and Oakland’s Code for America sponsors: The Akonadi Foundation, The William H. Donner Foundation, The Robert A.D. Schwartz Fund, The Mitchell Kapor Foundation, Accela and Pandora, for their service to the City of Oakland and its citizens.
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