Info  for  Ac)vism  session  1:   Naviga)ng  city  data  resources  

Susan  Mernit,  Barbara  Grady   Oakland  Local  

City  info  resources:  
•  City  main  site:  hDp://oaklandnet.com   •  City  council  &  city  council  commiDees  calendar,     agendas  and  reports/memos,   hDp://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx   •  Mayor  Quan’s  site,   hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/Mayor/ index.htm     •  Oakland  Police  site,  hDp://www.oaklandpolice.com/     •  City  Auditor,  hDp://www.oaklandauditor.com     •  Oakland  City  ADorney,   hDp://www.oaklandcityaDorney.org/    

Cri)cal  links  to  find  stuff  
•  Index  page:  Oakland  city  government:   hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/index.htm   •  Legistar  calendar  with  all  commiDees,  agendas,  report   links:  hDp://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx   •  Business  index  page:   hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Business/index.htm     •  Quality  of  life  index   hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Residents/index.htm    

Work  arounds  
•  Search  the  web:  pdf  +  date  range   •  Search  the  city  sites   •  Request  public  informa)on:   hDp://www.oaklandcityaDorney.org/ Resources/PubInfoRequest.html     •  Sign  up  for  email  updates  (new):  
–  City  memorandums:  hDp://bit.ly/O4RZnF   –  City  news  room(last  updated  April):   hDp://bit.ly/NIaa02    

Challenges  
•  Poor  taxonomy/structure  to  site   •  Poor  search;  confusing  results,  not  able  to   search  by  date   •  PDFs  are  uncopyable;  hard  to  find;   incomprehensible  naming  structure   •  Weak  alerts,  no  RSS  feeds,  so  hard  to  track,   monitor  or  keep  up   •  Security  by  obscurity/best  kept  secrets  

Solu)ons  
•  •  •  •  •  •  Open  data  pla]orms   RSS-­‐enabled  fees   Readable  PDFs   BeDer  search  structure   More  tutorials  on  using  the  site   Use  cases  

Preso  on  scribd:  hDp://www.scribd.com/oakloc  

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