Regional open data, a model for Cleveland?

On Friday, September 25th, the Poverty Center, in conjunction with Open NEO and with funding from the Cleveland and Cuyahoga Health Resource and the Saint Luke’s Foundation, brought in friend and colleague Bob Gradeck, a National Neighborhood Indicators Project partner from the University of Pittsburgh, to present on the development of their regional data portal.

Bob manages the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and talked at length about open data and establishing an open data portal for a region. He emphasized the investment in people that is necessary for a project like this to succeed, noting that the technological barriers are often much lower than the psychological and legal ones. Investing in data use can improve government efficiency while also meeting a new standard of transparency.

To learn more, check out his slides, watch a webinar with Bob from Code for America, or check out the event storified.