Open data and local government: Part One

In December, Route Fifty hosted a panel on the increasing role access to public data is playing in local governments both as a public service and an internal disruptor of existing practices. Panelists included city clerks, lawmakers, mayors, and more from around the country, large cities and small. The forum provided an intriguing snapshot of how transparency and open data are helping to reimaging city and county government, and how that transformation isn’t top-down but being driven mainly by younger city employees and public involvement. Some of the key takeaways:…