Oct. 25, 2010
Second Open Data Workshop brings together developers and local government to foster innovation
Software developers and interested residents in King County are being asked to help shape the future of the open data web site at www.kingcounty.gov/opendata. Tomorrow, King County will host the second countywide workshop on open data, bringing together local innovators, King County staff and City of Seattle staff to review the current open data website and discuss additions, changes and support models.
The event will provide an opportunity for developers and county staff to explore data and tools that are currently available, learn more about the SODA API, and have the opportunity to talk directly with the county’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO), Bill Kehoe and the City of Seattle CIO Bill Schrier.
King County Open Data Workshop
Tuesday, October 26
King County Chinook Building
401 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Registration is required for this event: http://your.kingcounty.gov/data/register.html
County Executive Dow Constantine has championed greater accessibility to government and improved government transparency and recently added raw 2011 budget data to the open data web site pilot. Since the site’s launch last month, the initial data sets have been viewed more than 1500 times and the raw data downloaded more than 300 times, showing a high level of interest in the information.
"We’re thrilled to partner with developers and our local government partners," said Chief Information Officer Kehoe. "We’ve seen incredible applications from San Francisco, New York and Portland as a result of open data initiatives and partnerships, and some of the most innovative developers in the world work and live in King County.
“So we want to increase our collaboration with innovators and the development community in our region to expand the availability and usefulness of this government data."
Any new web or mobile application created using King County data won't be official county products, but, they may be referenced on the county website for customers to use.
Learn more about King County open data at http://www.kingcounty.gov/opendata.