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Cities need to develop open data policies, but that’s easier said than done. The Sunlight Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses technology and policy analysis to improve government transparency and accountability, recently released a free Open Data Policy Wizard.






Prince George’s County, Md., on Monday released two new open data sets and plans to release another set in the coming weeks. The first two data sets contain information about agency performance and the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative. The data sets will have updated versions of city information that was released in August about citizen complaints and requests.






Cincinnati’s Office of Performance and Data Analytics recently launched CincyInsights, an open data portal with 15 dashboards containing city information.






The California secretary of state has improved access to more than 5.3 million records related to corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships through the creation of a new Business Search Tool, which allows citizens to have online access to data that was previously available only through in-person or mail requests.






More than 500 people have visited Oakland County’s new open data portal, which was launched Nov. 1 and offers access to 92 data sets.






Denton, Texas, is the first city in the United States to fully implement the OpenGov Open Data Solution, which provides tools to help increase public trust, facilitate civic action, and embrace the future of smart government.






Since it was launched on Oct. 19, 15,000 people have visited Delaware’s open data portal. Delaware residents can use the portal to find out if traffic is slowed down because of nearby construction sites, whether their favorite restaurants have passed inspection, where to find a good bike trail, and what companies the state is conducting business with.






Many states are beginning to introduce legislation to ensure transparency between the public and police forces, as well as to make sure privacy rights are protected.






The White House Cancer Moonshot has placed a large importance on data, and there are many ways in which that data can be improved, according to cancer experts.






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