Submitted by OpenPgh on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 19:52
The 2016 election cycle has been dominated by a theme of political dissatisfaction. Both major parties have had challengers who've been determined to shake up our country's governance, and it's stimulated many former non-voters to engage in the political process for their first time. While the selection of our country's leader can have a "huge" impact and deserves our attention, exclusively focusing on the top office risks perpetuating the top-down politics in our system of government, and that's a bigger problem than who is governing.
“Open data” is currently a popular topic. By making more public data available for citizens to analyze, it becomes possible for them to better identify ways to improve the effectiveness of public policy and government programs. In doing so, open data offers an important contribution to transparency, however only a small, technologically astute minority of the public has the ability to process much of the raw public data. Though a number of people with the necessary skills are striving to make the raw data usable by the general public, it's not the whole answer.