Production APIs done right require stewardship – this includes ensuring adequate reliability, authentication, versioning and a host of other things that building a demo API does not. If developers perceive that an API is unstable or lacks proper stewardship, they won’t invest the time building services that take advantage of it.
The bigger worry is the thousands that we don’t hear from. Who may see and understand things that we, the Professionals, are missing. Who have expertise and insights and experience of their own that could show us a door through the brick walls of the tough problems that We the Professionals have been slamming our heads through for decades. Who are the very people that Good Ideas need to support them, to advocate for them, to carry them through the debates and nitpicking and indecision that come part and parcel with life in a democracy.
Those people are not failing to participate because they don’t care about the places where they live. They’re not failing to participate because they don’t care what they do. They’re failing to participate because we’ve given them a pretty clear message that we don’t want them to have a meaningful role in the process.
About a year ago I was doing introductions in this segment at the Code for America Summit around some of the harder problems for government technology. I was introducing a number of speakers, most of them were civic startup founders. I found myself commenting that the first speaker was working in governmen… and then the next speaker actually had been a police officer. Then finally the third one too was a retired cop.
I joked, “So to build a successful civic startup do you have to have either had a badge or a gun?”
Now, about a year later, I’m thinking: maybe.
Maybe that was a kernel of truth in that quick quip.
New York’s bag of tech tools is jostling with 20 new apps.
The additions come by way of the NYC BigApps 2014, a civic tech competition that bills itself as the nation’s largest civic innovation challenge with $20,000 awarded to the top four winners. This month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced the 20 finalists battling in four categories: live, learn, work and play. The apps are meant to remedy some of the Big Apple’s high priority needs. Specifically, these include economic mobility, education, health and support of the city’s urban environment.
Cities across the nation are under financial pressure. They lack the public funds to create more opportunity by investing in economic development, human capital and physical infrastructure. Private capital could go a long way towards meeting these investment needs. Too often, available private capital cannot be put to work in our cities because the mechanisms to attract and deploy capital are not in place. It’s as though private capital is an airplane, circling overhead, without the landing strip or the air traffic control needed to touch down safely. Even in a time of scarce public sector resources, there are things that city leaders can do to help put capital to work in their communities.
More than 100 digital engagement and open data managers from across government met with leaders in the private sector startup community August 7 at the White House for a summit on integrating our digital services with public participation to create more opportunities for innovation and tackle tougher challenges.
The U.S. Department of Energy is look for a chief data officer.
Salary is $120,749 to $181,500.
From the job description:
The Chief Data Officer is located within the Office of the Associate CIO for...