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Open Government Strategy for the City of Boston

Open Government Strategy for the City of Boston

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8/6/10 Policy Planning Document 1 of 32
Open Government Strategy
for the City of Boston
Robert Goodspeed2010 Rappaport Public Police FellowMayor’s Office of New Urban MechanicsCity of BostonAugust 2010
8/6/10 Policy Planning Document 2 of 32
CONTENTSExecutive SummaryIntroduction1. Expected Public Benefits
1.1 Citizen Engagement1.2 Improving Policy1.3 Improved Management1.4 Note on Digital Access
Strategy2. Transparency
2.1 Categories of Data2.2 Access2.3 Implementation2.4 Data User Engagement2.5 Data Prioritization
3. Participation
3.1 Participation Opportunities3.2 Emergency Response3.3 Fraud Reporting
4. Collaboration
4.1 Application Competitions4.2 Innovation, Analysis, and Visualization Challenges4.3 Research Collaboration4.4 Ingredients to Successful Crowdsourcing and Apps Competitions
5. Theoretical Context
5.1 Targeted Transparency5.2 Democratic Theory
6. Online Implementation Plan7. Launch and Implementation Timeline8. Project GovernanceAppendices
A. City of Boston Social MediaB. Comparison of Data Portal SoftwareC. Evaluation of Legislation SoftwareD. Existing DatasetsE. Online Dialogue Roles & Responsibilities
8/6/10 Policy Planning Document 3 of 32
Executive Summary
Adopting an open government strategy can significantly benefit the City by enhancingcivic engagement, improving policy, and improving the City’s ability to manage itsoperations.
Publishing data online could result in new websites and smartphone applicationsthat would create value for citizens, connecting them to City services and their communities.
Providing data can support cutting-edge research on the best ways to tackleurban problems.
Online participation opportunities can augment the “usual suspects” reachedthrough public meetings, providing the opportunity for meaningful communicationbetween citizens and government through a consistant, easy-to-use process.
Competitions can be used to tackle tough problems and find new solutions topersistant problems at minimal cost to the city.Adopting this open government strategy would place the City of Boston at the forefrontof municipal innovation nationwide, and build on its long-term investments in ITinfrastructure and expertise. Most importantly, it will help the City deliver excellentservices and remain responsive to rapidly changing environment.

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