2016 December 9 14:00
1 h 20 min
Room 5 (Iéna)
Open data and Open resources



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Learn how legislative data structures, standards, and analytics are lowering the barriers to reforming government by opening up processes previously exclusive to lawyers, lawmakers, and lobbyists. Participants will not only hear from leading practitioners about exciting research in this emerging field, but will become reformers themselves, utilizing new tools to propose meaningful policy change.

Utilizing tools like open legislative data standards, semantic data, and NLP enables jurisdictions to better participate in and benefit from the spread of good open government policy in a manner which is itself democratic and open sourced. Inspired by projects like Constitute by the Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP), The State Decoded/America Decoded by the OpenGov Foundation, and Data Science for Social Good’s Legislative Influence Detector , Sunlight Foundation is researching potential applications and working to make open government policies open, starting with open data policies in US cities.

This session will include an overview by leading practitioners of the exciting projects that are reshaping our understanding of public policy through a new technological lens, before delving into Sunlight’s current work to leverage these approaches in the context of open data policy and open government reform.

Finally, after a presentation of how these new practices are creating the building blocks for anyone--not just lawyers, lobbyists, and lawmakers--to meaningfully participate in the policy reform process in meaningful ways, we will facilitate a working session for participants to utilize these new tools to easily search and pull best practices into a new draft policy proposal. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how data analysis and NLP are changing policy research and with a toolkit for utilizing research to track and draft new (open government) policy, whether a constitution, or new open data law.


by Stephen Larrick
from Sunlight Foundation

Stephen Larrick is Open Data Project Lead for the Sunlight Foundation, where he works as part of the policy team to promote transparency and open government at the local level. His current efforts focus on facilitating the adoption of meaningful and sustainable open data policies in mid-sized american cities participating in the What Works Cities initiative.

Prior to joining Sunlight, Larrick was Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island in addition to his duties as city planner, he worked closely with executive leadership to rethink local government service delivery with a heavy emphasis on open and inclusive governance. Larrick received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Urban Studies and Political Philosophy from Brown University.