Joining the Data Coalition and expanding our commitment to open data

Data CoalitionAs maintainers of the DKAN open data platform, CivicActions is dedicated to helping governments adopt non-proprietary data standards and publish government information freely, in formats that are useful to the public.

As part of our continued commitment to support global open government data efforts, CivicActions is now a proud member of the Data Coalition.

The Data Coalition is the world’s first, and only, open data trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., the Data Coalition advocates on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, open data. The Coalition empowers data companies to make the government more efficient and transparent.

Joining the Data Coalition will expand our impact as we continue important conversations, initiatives, and projects to facilitate the use of government open data throughout the world.

We look forward to working with and learning from other Data Coalition member organizations to reform data laws and transform government information into standardized, useful formats accessible to everyone.

2018-03-28T12:47:24+00:00 Categories: Open Data|Tags: |

About the Author:

Melinda is a writer and content strategist who joined CivicActions in 2015 to help get all the right words into all the right places. She loves using storytelling to highlight the value of civic tech in the lives of citizens, bringing out the heart and soul behind the digital transformation projects that make the world a better place. She is responsible for content creation, editing, research, publication, organization, and promotion on a variety of web and social media platforms — ensuring that content is user-friendly and relevant.

Melinda brings bright enthusiasm and a passion for humanity to every project. Whether helping a technologist transfer a concept into laymen’s terms or crafting a story about a project achievement, she is happiest when someone exclaims, “That is exactly what I was trying to say!”  

In conjunction with her work at CivicActions, Melinda has provided project management, content strategy, and administration efforts for Agile Government Leadership (AGL), a community of civic professionals promoting the use of agile methods in government. She also helps foster community engagement and provides engaging content for the DKAN open data project.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Melinda was a freelance writer and content strategist for a variety of clients in the civic tech space, including DotGov (providing mobile apps to governments), PageFreezer (providing website and social media archiving to agencies), and Urban Interactive Studio (providing outreach and engagement tools for public processes).

Melinda is currently living in an Airstream motorhome with her partner and three young kids, adventuring around the U.S.A. and seeking out as many trees and oceans as possible. She has a deep appreciation for avocados, her kids’ artwork, Instagram, clever science-y blogs with stick figure illustrations, and craft beer.