Regional “Datapalooza” for the Triangle?

Jason Hare, the Open Data Program Manager for the City of Raleigh, moments ago posted this comment:

Chris, Nick and I will be working on organizing a regional “Datapalooza” and with Nick’s help get the Whitehouse down here to kick off regional open government for the Triangle. Exciting times.

http://opensource.com/government/12/11/defining-open-government#comment-11032

Wouldn’t it be great if the Town of Cary had some of its own data available for folks to palooze with by the time this gets off the ground?

(Please forgive my looseness with grammar — I know it should be “with which to palooze.”)

Citizen engagement and the Town of Cary

Our focus as Town of Cary Technology Task Force (TTF) members is to determine how the town can use technology to better serve citizens. Based on that definition, our conversations could result in deep dives into the intricacies of data and server redundancies. Sure, we’re super geeks and technology professionals, but we’re also citizens of Cary, Wake County, North Carolina and beyond. And while technology has helped towns store and share data, it is obvious that technology is now a platform that everyone with access can use as a megaphone, a research tool, entertainment or as a method of creating conversations that lead to change. Continue reading

A New Public Service: the Civic Stack Thought Experiment

Joe Merante, a 2012 Code for America Fellow, recently proposed a thought experiment about what he terms the “Civic Stack.” His thoughts resonate with me.

As a software developer, I reason about technology solutions in terms of a “stack.” That is, a stack describes the layers of technology, their discrete roles in the solution, and how these layered components coordinate and collaborate to produce the solution. Continue reading