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Open government brings value and ROI

February 26, 2013

Open and transparent government efforts are growing interest across the nation, and many local councils are striving to meet the same demands placed on federal and state governments. According to O'Reilly Radar, these government offices can take a lesson from business value efforts to get a return on investment from open data and see their data as an asset, not just a resource to be managed.

A variety of recent studies and reports have noted the importance of the open data economy and government innovation in this area, according to the news source. Constituents are arguing for transparency and open government, and officials need to focus on meeting that demand in a way that balances economic impact with innovation. One way to accomplish this is to take a page from the enterprise book and look at the data that has an ROI.

"For economic growth, focus on data that are likely to diffuse throughout the economy in the widest and greatest possible way," Harvey Lewis, a research director in the U.K., told the news source. "That's dynamic data, data that's granular, collected on a regular basis, updated, and made available through APIs that application developers and businesses can use."

Open data is becoming a priority for government offices, with a wider base of "customers" to answer to, their constituents. Between budget information and meeting agenda data, state, county and city councils have to provide the public with access to the topics discussed, minutes and other relevant data. It may be an ethical responsibility for a government office to supply the public with meeting minutes, but that doesn't mean they can't utilize a solution that cuts costs.

IQM2's intelligent meeting management software provides clear open government solutions that allow any town, county or state office to easily provide the public with the information they demand without increasing budgets outside of the initial purchase. More importantly, over time the solution will address the organization and management of data and help reduce costs, allowing the local council to put taxpayer's dollars to better use on more critical matters. Rather than spending time and money trying to manage public information, an office can let intelligent software handle these administrative tasks.