The Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative 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.
"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, of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
The centerpiece of the Data Sharing Initiative is a newly updated 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.
To give the project added lift and to generate public enthusiasm, Alameda County decided to hold a series of hackathons, the Alameda County Apps Challenges, to encourage residents to harness the power of technology and open government to create web and mobile applications that benefit the community.
The first hackathon was held on Saturday December 8, 2012, at the Castro Valley Library.
The second hackathon was held on April 27, 2013, at Berkeley High School.
The third hackathon was held May 3, 2014, at Dublin High School. This was our largest apps challenge to date with more than 170 participants. A total of 22 teams presented their apps at the hackathon. About half of the participants were under the age of 18.
Our fourth hackathon was held Saturday, April 25, 2015, at James Logan High School in Union City.
Our fifth hackathon was held Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Alameda County Conference Center in Oakland.
We have published a "white paper" that details our experiences sponsoring the hackathons. It includes information about:
- Getting Started
- Lessons Learned
- Event Day Tasks and Activities
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