From Sunday’s paper:
BY JOHN ESTUS AND PAUL MONIES
(c) 2010 The Oklahoman
A state lawmaker last year quietly opened up confidential state employee information to a private labor organization that advocates for state workers.
The Oklahoma Public Employees Association can now send annual mailings to the home addresses of all state workers — [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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The U.S. Census Bureau released a slick map application this week that lets you track 2010 Census participation by city, county or zip code.
I have to admit, we got our Census forms last week, and I still haven’t filled them out yet. If you’re in the same position, be careful of a scam going around [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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We’re almost halfway finished with this year’s state legislative session, so here’s the latest on pending bills that concern open records and freedom of information:
DATES OF BIRTH
AT STAKE: Senate Bill 1753 exempts public employee dates of birth from the Open Records Act; dates of birth of public workers are now presumed open.
WHERE IT STANDS: Passed [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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My story today took a look at some of the issues surrounding state agencies using social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkIn to reach out to the community.
On a related note, here’s an Associated Press story about how the FBI is also on Facebook and Twitter, although they don’t necessarily want to be your [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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Mapping and GIS professionals will be at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 10. More than 47 agencies, cities and vendors who deal with geographic information systems in their jobs will in the Capitol Rotunda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will show off how they use GIS for analysis in everything from water quality [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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The federal government’s top watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, has added regular podcasts as part of its outreach strategy. From its press release today:
“GAO is always considering new ways to make its findings and products accessible to a wide range of audiences through various media,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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In the next few months, airplanes will be taking pictures of Oklahoma County for some updated imagery for the Oklahoma County Assessor’s Web site.
The new aerial maps will be at a much higher resolution than the images currently available on the assessor’s Web site. The county is sharing the cost with several other cities and [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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Space was a little tight in Sunday’s paper, so a few details were cut from the paper version of my story on film incentives in Oklahoma. Below the links to other background information is an expanded version of the story:
–View a presentation (5.5 MB) by the Oklahoma Film and Music Office on the state’s film [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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An effort to get Oklahoma to develop a centralized Web site for raw data has been derailed over fears of identity theft and additional bureaucracy.
House Bill 2318, by Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, fell by a vote of 37-59 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives earlier this week. You can check out a video of the [...]
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A House committee today moved forward a bill to expand the financial information on the state’s Open Books Web site.
Here’s the relevant language in the measure, House Bill 3422, by Rep. Ken Miller, R-Edmond:
Effective January 1, 2011, the Office of State Finance shall update the website with “Open Books 2.0,” an expanded online database through [...]
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