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Recent conference outlines dedication to government data transparency

September 23, 2013

The Data Transparency Conference, held on Sept. 10, 2013, in Washington D.C., was a major demonstration of the federal administration's commitment to open and transparent government. According to Information Today, the event brought top names and experts from across the nation together to discuss open data innovations and applications that offices from small towns to the state level all need.

The most important change discussed at the conference was a noticeable difference in the acceptance of basic standards regarding data regulation and access, the news source reported. Rather than debating the meaning of "data," standardization and metadata were key topics of conversation. Forward momentum was the focus of the discussion.

From the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act to the creation of USAspecing.gov, increased standardization and accessibility to key information is driving open government efforts on the federal level and setting the foundation for town, county and city councils across the nation.

"[The DATA act] will standardize and publish the U.S. government's wide variety of reports and data compilations related to financial management, procurement, and assistance," the Data Transparency Coalition said at the conference, the news source reported.

In addition to advocates for open government, many influencial policymakers attended and spoke at the conference to discuss their own efforts in shaping transparency across the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), announced the approval of the DATA act, as well as asked for improvements on the processing and use of financial statements from the SEC in open data formats.

For local leadership, the main takeaway from the conference and the various topics discussed is that data transparency is a critical concern. As federal and state leaders take up the fight to bring more information to the people, it is the responsibility of town, city and county councils to embrace the same standards of quality and ensure they are meeting the expectations of the public as well.

Investing in modern, high-quality transparency and open government solutions from IQM2 can improve adherence with these new guidelines while reducing the stress and cost associated with new technology integration. IQM2's legislative management solutions provide the foundation for technological growth and overall enhancements to the ins and outs of daily government operations.