San Francisco - California
Articles and resources about egovernment activities in San Francisco, California.
This category last updated: 9 May 2013
Social Network for Emergencies to Launch in San Francisco
- By Lauren Katims Nadeau. Government Technology, May 8, 2013. "Disasters are scary — there's no question about it. But as much as they cause fear, they also bring people together, connecting communities in ways that few other incidents can. Focusing on those connections, rather than the catastrophe, is the theory behind the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s (SFDEM) new project SF72.org, created to enhance the city’s disaster preparedness.
The site, set to launch this fall, aims to connect citizens willing to offer resources and services — from food, water and an extra generator to mechanical services and a place to stay — 72 hours after a disaster occurs..."
SF Mayor Signs Landmark Open Data Policy and Procedures Legislation
- By Rachelle Chong. Government Technology, May 1, 2013. "San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last week signed into law the Citywide Coordination of Open Data Policy and Procedures legislation introduced jointly with Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. This new landmark Open Data law establishes the position and duties of a new chief data officer to be appointed by the mayor, and orders that departmental data coordinators assist in the implementation of the Open Data Policy. The ordinance also establishes rules and procedures for making open data available through the city’s open data Web portal..."
Hackathon Aims to Improve the San Francisco Experience
- By Colin Wood. Government Technology, April 15, 2013. "On April 19 and 20, San Francisco will host a weekend hackathon dedicated to improving how residents and tourists experience The City by the Bay.
The event, called the DiscoverSF challenge, will begin the morning of April 19 and conclude the evening of April 20, and is sponsored by Esri and Airbnb, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation formed partnerships with local data partners and community partners that will assist local developers and entrepreneurs in developing ideas for the event..."
San Francisco's Buses Live on Google Maps
- Posted by Keir Clarke. Google Maps Mania, Thursday, April 18, 2013. "SF Live Bus is a live animated map that shows the location of all the buses on San Francisco's Muni network in real-time. Just load up the app and sit back and watch the Muni buses as they travel around the city on the map..."
San Francisco commits to open data
- by Cheryl Getuiza. California Forward - Reporting, 17 April 2013. "San Francisco is a long-standing technology Mecca, so it's only fitting that city and county leaders recently committed to boosting its open data movement online.
'Openness and transparency are the fundamental basis for any successful government, particularly in an internet age,' said David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
'We see, in many jurisdictions around the country, that when you release government data, you have an improved relationship between government and citizens. That has led to a lot of success in how you improve government, particularly when you harness the ideas and the talents of the public in how to analyze public data. That can lead us to innovating both government and our communities.'
President Chiu admits the city, who was once in the forefront in the open data movement, has taken backseat, prompting him to introduce the legislation..."
San Francisco, notorious for business regulations, opens up one-stop permit shop
- by Alexandra Bjerg. California Economic Summit, February 21, 2013. "... The Bay Area city recently launched an online tool to help entrepreneurs navigate the often cumbersome and complex permitting process, doubling down on the mayor's commitment to making it easier to start and grow a small business in San Francisco..."
Making open data more valuable, one micropayment at a time
- Yo Yoshida's startup, Appallicious, is using San Francisco's government data as a backbone, by Alex Howard. O'Reilly Radar, January 23, 2013. "When it comes to making sense of the open data economy, tracking cents is valuable. In San Francisco, where Mayor Ed Lee’s administration has reinvigorated city efforts to release open data for economic benefits, entrepreneur Yo Yoshida has made the City by the Bay’s government data central to his mobile ecommerce startup, Appallicious.
Appallicious is positioning its Skipitt mobile platform as a way for cities to easily process mobile transactions for their residents. The startup is generating revenue from each transaction the city takes with its platform using micropayments, a strategy that’s novel in the world of open data but has enabled Appallicious to make enough money to hire more employees and look to expand to other municipalities. I spoke to Yoshida last fall about his startup, what it’s like to go through city procurement, and whether he sees a market opportunity in more open government data..."
SF Launches Tax Credit App
- Government Technology, November 19, 2012. "Businesses in San Francisco now have an easier way to apply for tax credits for their employees. A new web-based tool called the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App was announced by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Nov. 16. The tool will replace a completely paper-based process that local businesses use to save money using a state program established in 1997, but that is still unknown by many..."
San Francisco looks to tap into the open data economy
- With revised legislation and a chief data officer, San Francisco is iterating on its platform goals, by Alex Howard. O'Reilly Radar, 6 October 19, 2012. "As interest in open data continues to grow around the world, cities have become laboratories for participatory democracy. They're also ground zero for new experiments in spawning civic startups that deliver city services or enable new relationships between the people and city government. San Francisco was one of the first municipalities in the United States to embrace the city as a platform paradigm in 2009, with the launch of an open data platform.
Years later, the city government is pushing to use its open data to accelerate economic development. On Monday, San Francisco announced revised open data legislation to enable that change and highlighted civic entrepreneurs who are putting the city's data to work in new mobile apps..."
San Francisco to Hire Chief Data Officer
- By Noelle Knell. Government Technology, October 15, 2012. "San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will today announce the city's plans to hire a chief data officer (CDO), evidence of the city's leadership among municipal governments making strides toward advancing the cause of open data. Lee, an outspoken advocate of the city's growing tech sector, announced a piece of legislation that outlines the new position. The CDO will be complemented by departmental-level Open Data Coordinators throughout the city..."
'Call Me Maybe' Parody Announces Payday Loan Restitution (VIDEO)
- By News Staff. Government Technology, September 24, 2012. "Let's face it. Press releases from government can be boring and wordy. A new video from the San Francisco City Attorney's office is showing that there are other ways — and more creative ways — to get the word out to citizens.
In the video Pay Me Maybe — a parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable hit song Call Me Maybe — the S.F City Attorney is publicizing that some Californians may be eligible to receive repayment if they took out specific types of payday loans between 2005 and 2007 from Money Mart stores. The stores were alleged to have charged inflated interest rates that were illegal..."
Mayor Lee Launches U.S. Mayors Open Government Innovation Partnership
- City and Council of San Francisco, 18 June 2012. "Mayor Lee Joins the White House to Urge Mayors Across the Nation to Pledge Innovation-Led Drive for Job Growth, Improved Government Efficiency & Greater Collaboration. "Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee, as Chair of the first U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Technology and Innovation Task Force, announced the Open Government Innovation Partnership – a call to action to help cities advance and prioritize innovation to drive job growth, economic development, improved efficiency and collaboration. The USCM Technology and Innovation Task Force will be asking Mayors to join the partnership as active and committed partners to help build an ecosystem that will help cities advance and prioritize innovation to improve government...
The USCM Open Government Innovation Partnership will:
- Strengthen and increase civic use of innovation, cross-collaboration and improved accountability through open government initiatives;
- Showcase the leadership of cities highlighting innovation and creative best practices to increase opportunities for collaboration with the private sector;
- Secure commitments that will make city governments more efficient, effective, and responsive by embracing the use of open government innovation; and
- Empower private sector organizations to partner with government to make services more efficient, effective, and responsive to residents..."
San Francisco Moves to Cloud for Open Data Innovation
- City's Open Data Strategy and Mayor's Commitment to Innovation Make City Data More Available and Easier to Use. City and County of San Francisco, 12 March 2012 - Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled data.SFgov.org, the next-generation, cloud-based San Francisco Open Data site, and the successor to one of the nation's pioneering Open Data initiatives, DataSF.org. Moving City data to the cloud underscores the Mayor's commitment to providing state of the art access to information, community engagement and government efficiency..."
Mayor Lee Unveils Socrata-Powered San Francisco Open Data Cloud
- Adoption of the Cloud and Open APIs for City's Open Data Supports Mayor's Commitment to Innovation. Market Watch, Press Release, March 14, 2012. "Mayor Edwin M. Lee unveiled data.SFgov.org, the next-generation, cloud-based San Francisco Open Data site, and the successor to one of the nation's pioneering Open Data initiatives, DataSF.org.
The adoption of Socrata's cloud services, social citizen interfaces, and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to power San Francisco's new Open Data site, underscores the Mayor's commitment to providing state of the art cloud infrastructure to drive more innovation in citizen access to information, community engagement and government efficiency..."
How San Francisco can get its gov 2.0 groove back
- by Luke Fretwell, GovFresh, January 26, 2012. "There's been a great deal of discussion lately around the topic of government innovation, especially here in San Francisco, with the appointment of a new chief innovation officer, a new 'civic accelerator', a new venture with a consortium of Bay Area technology companies and a new technology and innovation task force led by SF Mayor Ed Lee.
All signs point to a bright gov 2.0 future for SF but, before we get too excited, let's look back so we can learn how to best overcome the past two years of innovation inertia..."