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Today in OpenGov: Official business

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In today's edition, we explore impact evaluation for civic tech, the FEC loses its quorum with the resignation of its vice chair, President Trump tries to drum up some official business for his Florida golf club, and more.

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Today in OpenGov: Baffling

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In today's edition, we launch a guide to help co-design local open data initiatives, we also try to wrangle the Wild West of federal government websites, a lawsuit aims to open up old Office of Legal Counsel documents, and more. 

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Ownership, evictions, and violations: an overview of housing data use cases

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Cities from coast to coast are grappling with major challenges in providing safe and adequate housing for their residents, as developers continue to build in luxury condominiums and affordable options dwindle. In the face of this struggle, civic hackers and housing advocates use open data to collaborate to develop tools to protect renters’ rights and aid communities facing displacement. My project aims to build a tool that helps hackers collect and organize housing data that is readily available. 

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An open data maturity scale for cities to find right-sized solutions

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Local governments are often ambitious when it comes to innovating around open data and civic technology -- they envision highly developed tools and open data products that will change the way communities solve problems. But sometimes open data projects fall flat because of any number of challenges: data isn’t usable, data is hard for users to find, data is presented at the wrong skill level, data is shared through the wrong forum or platform. 

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