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Today in OpenGov: Progress on Vision Zero

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Happy Friday the 13th! We hope it's not a day of ill luck for you and yours. Today, we look at Vision Zero, where data is a key tool in the fight against traffic fatalities, highlight Trevor Timm's piece responding to President Trump's latest attacks on the press, call attention to the need for funding boost for the U.S. Census Bureau, and much more.

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What city planning taught me about open data

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Every day I work with cities to make government data more open and available to the public. I am not a data scientist or analyst, though – I'm a city planner. This is how my background in making cities better has helped my thinking about participatory urbanism and approach to opening data.

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Today in OpenGov: Protesting protests

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Map with cost of Vice President Mike Pence flight to Indianapolis and back to engage in a planned protest at an NFL game.

“It appears that the entire trip to attend the game was designed in order for Vice President Pence to walk out,” said John Wonderlich. “When there are issues in the country that are going on that are so serious, it seems so strange for presidential attention and public funds to be used to weigh in on the actions of private citizens in the NFL,” Wonderlich told CBS News. Read on for the rest of the day's open government news...

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Classifying changes to public access to information on US government websites

Changes to Web content can be especially confusing and opaque to the public when agencies don’t proactively document and explain how and why they change their websites. By clearly laying out how agencies are managing Web resources and changing websites using this classification system, our goal is to inform the public and lawmakers, gain insight into better systems for digital resource management, and provide information that can help keep our government accountable.

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