Open Data in New York City

After the economic recession at the beginning of the last century, the United States government provided various different services within cities, such as social services. Unfortunately, because of poor management (Desai et al. 2012; Axinn, Stern 2011; Marx 2003; Reid 1995), these services often failed. Therefore, people asked for freedom and independence from these services. With the introduction of digital technology, managing the information flow became possible and the quality of adjustability of governmental scaling as the economy continued to grow increased, said Noel Hidalgo, an open data advokat from Code for America. Partly in answer to the socialist movements in the last century, the USA has had a tendency towards more conservative, smaller government as well as more agile and profitable businesses. Following a path focusing on lean government and information flow technology, American people recognized that if the technology to manage very large-scale production of social services through data or information is in place, this increases the quality of governmental services. As Hidalgo points out, the concept of ‘open government’ is an extension in many ways to this idea. Open government is a very conservative approach to governance, with the central aim being the creation of a leaner, more agile and more effective government. It is possible to have a leaner government if the information about the production of services is available. Continue reading…

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