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Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation

BeyondTransparencyBeyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation is a new book about open civic data, edited by Brett Goldstein (Former Chief Data Officer of the City of Chicago) with Code for America. Beyond Transparency features essays from more than twenty of the world’ s leading experts in a first-of-its-kind anthology about how open data is changing the face of our public institutions.

Beyond Transparency is a cross-disciplinary survey of the open data landscape, in which practitioners share their own stories of what they’ ve accomplished with open civic data. It seeks to move beyond the rhetoric of transparency for transparency’ s sake and towards action and problem solving. Through these stories, we examine what is needed to build an ecosystem in which open data can become the raw materials to drive more effective decision-making and efficient service delivery, spur economic activity, and empower citizens to take an active role in improving their own communities.

This book is a resource for (and by) practitioners inside and outside government’”from the municipal chief information officer to the community organizer to the civic-minded entrepreneur. Beyond Transparency is intended to capture and distill the community’s learnings around open data for the past four years. And we know that the community is going to continue learning. That’s why, in addition to the print version of the book which you can order on Amazon, we’ve also published the digital version of this book on this site under a Creative Commons license. The full text of this site is on GitHub ‘” which means that anyone can submit a pull request with a suggested edit. Help us improve this resource for the community and write the next edition of Beyond Transparency by submitting your pull requests.