This presentation will explore the current efforts on building better data stewardship and challenges in data governance in the City of Portland as a way to facilitate the next generation of city services that may help resolving our complex social issues.
Data and information is more often demanded as a way to measure effectiveness and efficiency of local government. For example: The City’s Citywide Racial Equity Goals and Strategies cites “...improved access to data to measure the success of specific programmatic and policy changes and to develop baselines, set goals, and measure progress” as a key strategy.
Resolving complex issues like homelessness, traffic, public safety, sustainable cities and economic opportunities for all, needs interaction from different forms of government and active participation of the private sector, NGOs, community based organizations and individuals. Envisioning a Portland in the digital age based on digital rights, best practices in data management and proper use of technology is the main engine to build a better smart city.