The Essence of Open Gov

The forefront of innovation in government is happening in a movement known as “Open Gov.”  The basic concept is for government and public agencies to adopt a policy that government data should be open source.  Then, by opening up databases and providing raw data, new tools and analytical frameworks can be developed by anybody wanting to make government better.

San Francisco was one of the earliest adopters of the Open Gov movement for cities, led by former mayor Gavin Newsom.  At the press conference to announce SF’s Open Gov initiative in 2009, Newsom delivered a model approach for how to communicate the importance of the movement to government leaders and managers, whose cooperation and commitment led to the success of Open Gov in SF.

Full press conference is below, with the first 12 minutes devoted to Newsom, followed by more discussion from technologist Tim Reilly.

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