Montgomery County is hosting its first Open Data Town Hall on Thursday, November 21, offering residents an opportunity to speak up about the kinds of data they would like to access online. The meeting will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, located at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.
The Town Hall meeting will start with a presentation by Chief Innovation Officer Dan Hoffman and Chief Information Officer (Harash) Sonny Segal about the County’s open government efforts, including the dataMontgomery (https://data.montgomerycountymd.gov) website. The site offers a growing number of datasets for viewing, which can be sorted and consumed in various ways by individuals and businesses. Current data on the continuously expanding site includes employee salaries, food inspection results and facility closures, spending disclosures, MC311 service requests, cable complaints, and public parking locations and space availability.
Following the half-hour presentation, Town Hall participants will be able to move around the room to individual data theme tables to discuss their thoughts and suggestions in smaller groups with facilitators. The facilitators will compile information during the Town Hall and report back to the group at the end of the evening. The reports will also be posted on the Innovation Program website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/innovate.
Feedback from this town hall will be part of a prioritization process being undertaken by Montgomery County as it prepares an implementation plan for the open data program. The County has developed a scorecard to help determine the order in which data sets are published. Montgomery County ranks among the first jurisdictions in the nation to use a scorecard to develop open data priorities so that new datasets are developed and published in a consistent and timely manner.
The expanding datasets are part of Montgomery County’s digital government strategy (http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/open/Resources/Files/openMontgomery-Digital-Government-Strategy.pdf) and its open government website (http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/open) – both launched on December 5, 2012.
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