White House launches National Day of Civic Hacking events
The White House has announced an <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/277826==http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/22/roll-your-sleeves-get-involved-and-get-civic-hacking" 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 />
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="http://macnn.com/rd/277829==http://codeforamerica.org/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Code For America</a> and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/277830==http://www.rhok.org/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Random Hacks of Kindness</a> will be helping to organize the events with <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/277831==http://innovationendeavors.com/" 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="http://macnn.com/rd/277827==http://hackforchange.org/" 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="http://macnn.com/rd/277828==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/05/24/obama.order.forces.agencies.to.make.two.public.app 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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