Today in #OpenGov 5/29/2014
Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including energy data, finding corruption despite censorship in China, and more news out of California.
- Government Attic, a site that posts information obtained via the FOIA, gets some well deserved attention in this short post. (Federal Times)
- The Obama administration detailed a number of new data releases and initiatives as part of yesterday’s Energy DataPalooza. Highlights include a Buildings Performance Database that is the world’s largest public database of buildings’ energy performance information. (E Pluribus Unum)
- The Data Transparency Coalition is pushing Congress to urge the SEC to enforce quality standards in the financial data it collects from public companies. There is a proposal moving through the House that would exempt most public companies from current requirements. (Data Transparency Coalition)
- Tunisia recently joined the Open Government Partnership. The government is joining with more than 40 Tunisian NGOs to work out their first National Action Plan. (Open Knowledge)
- China works very hard to censor internet content that it deems inappropriate or potentially dangerous. Despite this, the Internet and other technologies can still help root out corruption in the regime. (Tech President)
State and Local News
- Palo Alto, California has data from its 311 app tied directly to their open data platform, providing a near-real time visual dashboard of 311 issues. (Government Technology)
- The California assembly unanimously approved a bill that would give whistleblower protections to legislative staff members. A seperate measure is being considered by the state Senate. (KCRA California)
Events Today 5/29
- 2014 Energy Datapalooza. Department of Energy. Wed. 5/29. 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
- House Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. Committee on House Administration. Thurs. 5/29. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium.
- A Complex Partnership: What declassified documents reveal about America’s role in the Congo from 1960-1968 and the lessons we can draw today. Search for Common Ground. Thurs. 5/29. 9:30 – 11:00 am. Johns Hopkins SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
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