I was among the presenters on Saturday at FOI Oklahoma’s Sunshine Conference here in Oklahoma City.
The final panel of the morning was about government transparency on the Web. On the panel with me were Mark Mitchell, general manager of OK.gov; state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie; and Joey Senat, associate professor of journalism at Oklahoma State University.
Senat talked about FOI Oklahoma’s survey results of state and local government Web sites. (You can read a wrap-up of the results here.) Rep. Murphey talked about his efforts to put more government information online, including a pending bill (HB 1032) to modernize the state’s procurement practices. It also would put online transactions made with state credit cards.
Mitchell, who is in charge of the state’s Web portal for e-government contractor NIC Inc., discussed the technical and practical limitations of putting government data and information online. He also announced that OK.gov is about to get a makeover, with a whole host of new tools to make finding and searching for state data a little easier.
Here’s my short presentation, which was geared mostly toward journalists and others seeking data from government agencies:
Here’s a few more links to some other background material for my presentation:
Written by Paul Monies