December 4, 2012 > Alameda County announces Data Sharing Initiative and Apps Challenge
Alameda County announces Data Sharing Initiative and Apps Challenge
Submitted By Guy Ashley
Alameda County has announced the launch of the new Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative, which provides the public with easy online access to records and information about County business and operations. The Initiative aims to enhance the County's commitment to transparent government and to encourage civic engagement.
To give this project added lift and to generate public enthusiasm, Alameda County will hold a special event, the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012, to encourage residents to harness the power of technology and open government to create web and mobile applications that benefit the community. Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012 will be held on Saturday December 8, 2012, at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley. The possibilities are vast - and depend mostly on the creative thinking of participants - but possible objectives of an Apps Challenge entry could be to improve civic engagement, and promote digital education and literacy. A Grand Prize of $3,000 will be awarded for the most creative and practical application created at the event. A 2nd Place Prize of $1,500 and a 3rd Place Prize of $500 will be offered as well. More information about the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012 is available at http://code.acgov.org.
The centerpiece of the Data Sharing Initiative is a newly created Alameda County online data portal, available at http://data.acgov.org, which offers easy-to-access links to public information about County operations. Available information includes complete records of 2012 crime reports taken by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, data about restaurant inspections and information about local parks and transit districts. County leaders say the information available within the online data portal is sure to expand and evolve, as Alameda County responds to public requests for specific data sets depending on specific needs. The new project encourages public participation by asking members of the public to use the data sets to create innovative web and mobile applications that address community needs, and enhance services and quality of life in Alameda County.
"Our hope is that the Data Sharing Initiative will help expand the public's understanding of local government and make County data more accessible to the community,'' said Susan S. Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator. It also opens up exciting new opportunities for Alameda County government to team with residents. "By tapping the creativity, knowledge and expertise within our community, we believe this project has great potential to help people get the information they want and to better understand the community in which they live,'' said Nate Miley, President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. For more about the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012, go to http://code.acgov.org. For information about the Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative, go to http://data.acgov.org.