On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, New York World and the Tow Center assembled a great group of civic leaders, journalists and innovators for a lively conversation about access to information, digital records and New York City’s data. To find out about this and other events, sign up for weekly updates from New York World.
Journalists have never had access to more raw data from local governments, but are they getting the information the public really needs? The panel will take stock of access to government data in New York City and Albany and ask what promises the era of “open government” delivers – and doesn’t – for civic journalism and engagement. Our panelists will confront the big questions looming over opengov. What opportunities are emerging to make government data more accessible and useful to reporters, software developers, civic groups and the city at large? What challenges do government agencies face when they set out to publish APIs and digital records, and what can cities learn from success stories? What tough questions do journalists need to ask about information they obtain?
Philip Ashlock, OpenPlans; Andrew Hoppin, New Amsterdam Ideas and former Chief Information Officer, New York State Senate; Amy Ngai, Sunlight Foundation; New York City Council Member Gale Brewer; John Kaehny Reinventing Albany; Michael Powell, The New York Times; Moderated by Alex Howard, Government 2.0, correspondent, O’Reilly Radar