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December 13, 2017 - The City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge introduced a resolution to adopt a formal open data policy during a public hearing on December 13. This resolution, which was unanimously approved, is the result of a partnership between with Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative.

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December 7, 2017 - Gilbert, Ariz., has launched an open data portal. And to guide its residents in using this new platform, it also created Alex, a chatbot designed to humanize the site and its features by giving tours of its content, helping users search for information and also smiling and waving in avatar form on its homepage. Gilbert built the portal over the past 10 months as part of its engagement with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, which also helped the city establish an open data policy.

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December 4, 2017 - Gilbert, Arizona is thrilled to announce the launch our new Open Data Portal and are taking it a step further by humanizing our portal with a character we’ve created named “Alex” who will help connect the dots on how to use our data on your own websites, applications, or research. Gilbert was 1 of 100 cities to engage with Michael Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative to create an Open Data policy and portal over the course of the past 10 months.

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In the November 2017 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're celebrating What Works Cities winning a Route Fifty Navigator Award for supporting data-driven governance in cities across the country. We're also looking back at our third What Works Cities on Tour, which saw 60 people from 16 cities gather in Charlotte, NC, to learn from all five WWC partners and share best practices.

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November 22, 2017 - Thinking of a specific person who will use open data (and why) can help cities share that data in ways that are more useful and ultimately increase the social impact of open data. Sunlight facilitated a workshop on “Designing for Community Use” last week at the What Works Cities on Tour meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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November 17, 2017 - Chula Vista has been selected for a nationwide initiative to make city data more readily available to the public and help the city provide better services by using the information. The What Works Cities program is aimed at helping local governments seek out data and evidence as tools to identify solutions and further invest in “what works.” In Chula Vista, the focus will be on public safety data and transparency.

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November 17, 2017 - Route Fifty announced their ten 2017 Navigator Awards program winners, narrowed down from a list of 50 finalists across five categories. The What Works Cities team was honored as a winner in the Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners category.

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November 17, 2017 - Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager of Scottsdale, AZ, joined ELGL's GovLove podcast to discuss his work on performance measurement, behavioral insights and his favorite color. Brent described how Scottsdale is taking a new approach to simplifying city reports. He also shared his thoughts on diversity in local government and how tourism has shaped Scottsdale.

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November 15, 2017 - The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx) partnered with GeoThink, a part of McGill University, to develop a new and comprehensive open data standards directory that identifies standards for open data regularly shared by governments. This project was funded through the What Works Cities program, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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November 15, 2017 - Today, the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of McGill University, launched a new open data standards directory that will identify standards for open data regularly shared by governments. The directory will ensure reliability and coordinated information for many city government data sets on services ranging from public safety, to building permits, to public transit, and budgets.

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