April 7, 2016
Data Coalition News
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The latest:
  • An Open Data Menu for Arkansas
  • The Coalition of Things: Parody with a Point
Financial Data Summit Recap:
  • Summit Unites Supporters of Modernized Financial Regulatory Data
  • View the images and videos from the Financial Data Summit

An Open Data Menu for Arkansas

Last Thursday the Data Coalition was honored to meet with the Arkansas Open Data and Transparency Task Force.  The Task Force is a one-of-a-kind body, established by law, that includes state legislators, representatives of the Governor and Attorney General, and the leadership of most of the state’s largest agencies. Its job: by the end of this year, recommend an open data law to the Arkansas legislature.

The Task Force invited the Data Coalition to present a “menu” of open data options. With such an open-ended mandate, where should the Task Force focus its reform recommendation? What are the benefits of standardizing and publishing public-sector spending information? What if the Task Force focuses on regulatory reporting instead? How does health care fit in? We recruited government leaders and Coalition members to explain the benefits other states, the federal government, and foreign countries have derived from open data in each substantive area.

We told the Task Force that open data isn’t just good for public accountability. It also powers analytics for internal management and – done right – reduces compliance costs by automating reporting tasks that used to be manual.

Here are the presentations we shared with the Task Force on Thursday – and what we learned ourselves.

To continue reading the Coalition blog post, click here

The Coalition of Things: Parody with a Point

April Fools Day gave the Data Coalition a chance to satirize the buzzword wing of Washington's tech policy community. It wasn't hard to create a faux organization—the Coalition of Things—that fooled many of our public and private sector friends. We just had to grab a trendy concept (the Internet of Things!), sling some buzzwords, and throw together a website with the scrollable design du jour. It was great fun!

The point is, trendy concepts like cloud computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things attract lots of attention, but don't actually require government policymakers to do anything. Vacuous policy initiatives in the real world, not unlike the Coalition of Things, are a distraction from the tech issues that do need reform.

Make sure to check out the Coalition of Things and read our explanation of what substantive tech policy reform really means.

Summit Unites Supporters of Modernized Financial Regulatory Data

Last week, the Data Coalition hosted a record-setting Financial Data Summit in Washington. We brought together over 300 supporters of transforming U.S. financial regulatory reporting from disconnected documents into standardized, open data.

Coalition’s founder and executive director Hudson Hollister set the stage by reminding everyone that the campaign to standardize financial regulatory reports is a long-term one. For Hollister, it began eight years ago, when he worked for data standards within the Securities and Exchange Commission. “[Today’s event] demonstrates a growing consensus in favor of that transformation,” he said. “We are seeing the apostles of [open] data spring up amongst financial regulators!

Workiva vice president Mike Starr, a former SEC deputy chief accountant, asked the audience to “walk away with an appreciation that this transformation is not about tech. We have the tech. The real challenge is changing the cultures in the agencies.” Starr shared three components of monumental policy change: years of perseverance, the fostering of cross-sector partnerships, and real participation by all in the policy making process.

Starr’s three components were abundantly in evidence at the Financial Data Summit.

Through appearances by over thirty speakers, demonstrations by dozens of tech companies, and participation by over 20 federal agencies, four themes emerged.

To continue reading the latest Coalition blog post, click here.

To view all the images from the Summit, click here

And to watch your favorite panel at Financial Data Summit, click here.


April 14: Securing the Future of Open Government Data in the United States

Join the Center for Data Innovation and the Data Coalition for a panel discussion about the future of open government data in the United States.

Special guests Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) will deliver opening remarks.

To register, click here.
When: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 9:00am-10:30am
Where:Center for Data Innovation - 1101 K St NW Suite 610A, Washington, DC 20005

April 21: AFFIRM Monthly Speaker Series

The Data Coalition is partnering with the Association of Federal Resource Management (AFFIRM) for their monthly speaker series. This month's luncheon, "Taming the Data Explosion in Government" addresses various public sector data collection, management, and access policy topics. Join us as we host federal agency Chief Information Officer's, Chief Data Officers, and data scientists leading the way in this exciting new realm. 

To register, click here.
Where: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm
When: Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
April 26: Data Breakfast: Open Data For Oversight
The U.S. federal government is transforming its spending information into open data – fully standardized and searchable, for the first time – under the DATA Act of 2014. Congress passed the DATA Act to improve public transparency. But its impact on internal oversight will be just as big.

The Data Coalition’s next Data Breakfast, presented by Esri, will explore how standardized spending information is empowering federal oversight. Join us!

To register, click here.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30am-9:00am 
When: 1776 Crystal City, 2231 Crystal Dr #1000, Arlington, VA 22202
May 11: Legislative Data Demo Day
At the Legislative Data Demo Day, Reps. Moulton and Brat will preview demonstrations of the technologies that can modernize laws and lawmaking – if Congress embraces the transformation from documents into data.

To register, click here.
May 11, 2016, Washington, D.C. 3:30pm–4:30pm,
When: Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC
May 26: DATA Act Summit
Join the Data Coalition for the third annual DATA Act Summit in Washington, which will bring together DATA Act Congressional supporters, state and federal agencies, and advocacy groups.

To register, click here.
Where: Thursday
,May 28 2016, 7:30am-5:30pm 
When: Washington Hilton - 1919 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
Financial Data Summit Media Coverage
SEC Isn't Waiting on a Congressional Mandate to Start Standardizing Financial Data
Streamlining data would improve financial regulation, panelists say
Mike Starr: Bill seeks to ease financial data filing process

Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
RR Donnelley

Booz Allen Hamilton
MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Merrill Corporation
PR Newswire

BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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