The pandemic made open data bigger than ever. But it's still pretty messy.
COVID-19 radically increased the public's appetite for data. But a year in, political shenanigans and limited federal standards make it difficult to fully understand the public health crisis.
Contact tracing app helped lower COVID cases in Minnesota, CIO says
The state's contract tracing app helped lower cases after November's spike, and now the state's deploying a tool to track vaccination data, said Minnesota CIO Tarek Tomes.
Why local government needs more technologists
Commentary: There are a lot of technologists working to make government better, but former Seattle open data manager David Doyle says it needs more.
Survey of Philadelphia open-data portal finds wide use in academic and nonprofit work
A survey gave high marks to the portal, with 92% of respondents saying its dashboards and other visualizations are helpful to their work.
Kansas City data chief takes budgeting role with Houston suburb
Eric Roche, who served five years as Kansas City, Missouri’s first chief data officer, is now the chief budget officer in Pearland, Texas, where he said data will still play a central role in his work.
California launches open-source COVID-19 forecast tool
The new site uses academic models to allow researchers and members of the public to view projections as the pandemic resurges in the Golden State.
Chicago's new COVID app 'coaches' residents, starts vaccine wait list
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the "Chi COVID Coach" allows the city to communicate with residents about their symptoms in real time.
Analytics, partnerships to drive Buffalo mayor's new smart-city plan
After announcing last week that Buffalo, New York, is planning to weave more tech into its infrastructure, Mayor Byron W. Brown explained to StateScoop how he plans to use data "in a more predictive way."
The Open Law Library is saving municipal code, one government at a time
David Greisen demonstrates a singular passion for accuracy and law in his project to get more cities to publish their legal codes online.