Public information is often siloed within various state agencies, and not always easily accessible to residents or other units of government. How will your administration improve information sharing in Pennsylvania?
We are still waiting for a response from Tom Corbett.
Cross-tabulation can be standardized to link, aggregate and display data across disciplines by customization and keywords, much as Googlemaps enable geographic sorting and highlighting.
Posting the check register online of each agency would show who gets paid how much. Posting Requests for Proposal online would facilitate competitive bidding.
As mentioned above, the citizens of PA will have the power to make it clear which information most needs executive branch attention to get released. Also, direct all state agencies sharing data to move beyond web sites to set up peer-to-peer sharing such as BitTorrent so that citizens can get cheap and rapid access to their data
In addition to the plan outlined in my response to Question 1, I also intend to revamp state agencies’ individual websites to improve user-friendliness. Too often, the information these sites present is difficult to locate. The sheer size (in terms of page numbers) of these sites often leads to information that is not up to date. Another problem is that the commonwealth’s web sites have long suffered from poor search functionality. I plan to address each of these issues as governor.
Please refer to question 1. Before we can begin the process of adopting smart and strong open data policies, we must know what and how much information is available, as well as where the information is stored. By doing so, we will be able to provide a strategic roadmap to efficiently provide clear and open opportunities for the public to access information.
As governor, I will form a group to investigate an open data plan for Pennsylvania, drawing ideas from what has and is being done in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
I believe that if we are going to give Pennsylvania a fresh start, we need to break down silos across and between government units. As mentioned above, I will create an Office of Data Analysis and Program Management, which will help facilitate information sharing and improve collaboration between departments and agencies. Additionally, I know we need to generally break down silos and start thinking about policy in a more holistic, comprehensive way. As governor, I will create an Economic Development Partnership, a Cabinet Level initiative with public/private participation (private sector CEOs, labor leaders and local leaders). The Partnership will include the Departments of Education, Health, Public Welfare, General Services Administration, Environmental Protection, Labor, Revenue, Community and Economic Development, Corrections, the Governor’s Budget and Policy Offices and other relevant state government offices. By working collaboratively with a broad vision of what Pennsylvania can be, we can provide more focused and effective leadership and move away from the proprietary nature of departmental silos which often inhibits information sharing.