Open Raleigh Wins PTI Web 2.0 Award for 2013

 Raleigh, NC - Story by guest blogger +Ian Henshaw

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Public Technology Institute (PTI) supports local government executives and elected officials through research, education, executive-level consulting services and national recognition programs. Web 2.0 and civic/social media technologies are dynamic tools for informing citizens, encouraging collaboration and engaging the public in government decision making. To recognize best practices in the use of these technologies, PTI has launched the Web 2.0 State and Local Government Awards and Recognition Program. Recently PTI Named Raleigh as one of the 2013 Web 2.0 Winning Jurisdictions. Raleigh was recognized for their Open Data Portal (see Press Release). Raleigh Open has previously received a significant achievement award from PTI in the 2012-2013 Technology Solutions Awards

Open Raleigh History

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On February 7, 2012, the Raleigh City Council unanimously adopted an Open Source Resolution. In March 2013, the Raleigh Open Data Portal was launched (see WRAL report). Since the launch there are now 100 data sets, 67 maps and 292 charts on the site which is a treasure trove for citizens and journalists.

Open Raleigh Drives the Triangle

With Raleigh in the lead, Durham, Cary and Morrisville are not far behind. There are efforts to develop Open Data programs in all of these municipalities and there is a a budding community of civic hackers ready to use this data. There are Code for America Brigades in Raleigh, Cary and Durham and soon to be in Morrisville.

A Code for America Brigade is an organizing force for local civic engagement - a national network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service.Triangle Open Data Day, to be held February 22-23, 2014, will host 300-400 civic hackers in February 2014 who will look at all the available Open Data sets in the Triangle and see what useful analysis and apps they can make from the data. Kudos to Raleigh for jump starting the Open Data movement in the Triangle.


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