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Consolidation a key factor in open government efforts

August 27, 2013

There are several key aspects that go into improving transparency and open government initiatives, such as accessibility and honesty. However, there are many secondary factors that go into successfully embracing the needs of the public for more information. According to the First Amendment Foundation, one of them is the consolidation of data and documents.

Supplying the public with key operational information is a critical part of open and transparent government efforts, but with the big data movement and other improvements to technology, the sheer amount of information can be overwhelming. As such, many government offices need to improve how they are supplying constituents with those documents. According to Historic City News, the Florida-based foundation will be holding a panel on making data formats uniform and optimizing the flow of information to the public in the near future.

"Transparency is critical to good, open government but there's a difference between transparency and access," Petersen said. "We can improve access by putting more records online and using today's technology as effectively as possible to make it easier for citizens to navigate through those agency websites.

IQM2's high-quality transparency solutions help town, city and county officials embrace this ideology and ensure they are promoting efficient and effective flow of data to the public that isn't just accessible, but usable as well.