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How Open Data Challenges Communities

Ike Leggett, County Executive for Montgomery County, Maryland, discusses the local government's efforts to not just engage with and serve citizens using open data, but to challenge them to generate ideas and solutions.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:45 EST | 2
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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:15:25 PM
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Re: Getting them engaged
I do believe that's a challenge, Mary, and since participatory government is still very new that push for the public to engage and respond has to still come from the local government.

By the way, if anyone wants to read more about Montgomery County's digital efforts, check out Alan Reiter's earlier blog post on the subject: What Cities Can Learn From Montgomery County's Digital Strategy

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 11:04:41 AM
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Getting them engaged
Montgomery County is out front and aware of the value of open data. My only thought is that getting those highly educated citizens, who are busy and may not be engaged today with the civic databases, into the loop. It will be interesting to follow up and see the level of response, and how the county can improve that.

The challenge is there. It's important that those it's aimed at can hear it.

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