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NewsPoster Jan 23, 2013 07:52 AM
White House launches National Day of Civic Hacking events
The White House has announced an <a href="" rel='nofollow'>event</a> that will encourage US residents to make use of government data. The National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1-2 will see 27 cities play host to community events where publicly-released data will be used to create "solutions for problems that affect Americans."<br />
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The project will receive data from the Department of Labor, NASA, the Census Bureau and others, who will be offering specific challenges for developers as well as offering free-reign on what to construct. <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Code For America</a> and <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Random Hacks of Kindness</a> will be helping to organize the events with <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Innovation Endeavors</a>, which will be available both online and on-location, and open to anyone that wishes to take part, including those without significant coding ability.

The event's <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">website</a>, <em>Hack for Change</em> claims that the National Day of Civic Hacking will "provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society."

The event is certainly an exercise in transparency and data-openness for the US Government, and could be considered an extension of President Barack Obama's order for all <a href=" s.each/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">major federal agencies</a> to make services available for public access, in May 2012. The order, partly a cost and efficiency drive, sought for agencies to improve all of their digital services within a 12-month period, with access to data over the Internet and mobile apps being the main focal point.
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