In GovFresh competition, Chicago Lobbyists wins a first prize and Chicago places second as City of the Year

by Paul Baker

2011 govfresh awards

Dec 28, 2011 – On December 20, GovFresh announced the winners of the 2011 GovFresh Awards. The website aims to encourage government-citizen collaboration in order to “build a more engaged democracy.”

Chicago Lobbyists placed first as “Best use of open source” and the city of Chicago placed second to New York City as City of the Year. New York was cited for its Engage NYC initiative, aimed at getting designers and developers civically active, and NYC Open Data, a repository of more than 850 city datasets, including public school data.

We were happy to see tweets from Mayor Emmanuel’s office, city Chicago CDO Brett Goldstein, Mike Flannery at Fox News and OpenGov activist Steve Vance.

Tweet from the Mayors Office

We were also happy to see Chicago Lobbyists being used by journalists for online research, as in this New York Times article on lobbying. See the link to lobbying firm DLA Piper.

GovFresh also highlights five Cook County open data visualizations based on the county’s new Socrata open data catalog, including Public facilities and services, top sheriff’s violations, outpatient registrations, mortgages, and elected officials.


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