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[BrieFing] PHOTOCREDITHERE The California Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General have launched OpenJus- tice, a data-sharing effort that the state described as a first-of-its-kind initiative. OpenJustice consists of two key elements: a dash- board of criminal justice indicators and an open- data portal that encour- ages users to download and reuse the data. The dashboard draws from three datasets: law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty; deaths in custody, including arrest-related deaths; and arrests and bookings. Each set has interactive tools to allow the public to visualize and explore differ- ent indicators over specific timelines and across jurisdictions. The portal publishes raw data from criminal justice datasets that can be downloaded by software developers, researchers and journal- ists to identify trends and problems in the criminal justice system. “Being ‘smart on crime’ means measuring our ef- fectiveness in the criminal justice system with data and metrics,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said. “This initia- tive puts forward a com- mon set of facts, data and goals so that we can hold ourselves accountable and improve public safety.” • California shares its criminal justice data BY DEREK MAJOR 8 GCN OCTOBER 2015 • GCN.COM BY KATHLEEN HICKEY READ ME What: “Leveraging Data Through Partnerships,” a report by the CIO Council’s Innovation Committee about open-data efforts at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Why: Establishing an open-data policy has helped USAID build better relationships with its partners and use data to help people in different countries tackle significant issues. This CIO Council study looks at the concrete steps USAID has taken to ensure that open data is built into its operations rather than treated as an afterthought. Key elements include creating data stewards in every operating unit, defining a standard data clearance process and establishing a web-based repository for datasets for public release. USAID has used open data to help disaster response teams find open roads to reach victims after an earthquake in Nepal, bring water management to North Africa and the Middle East, and improve farming trends and crop growth to produce more food for people in Kenya. Takeaway: If it didn’t share data with its partners, USAID would struggle to achieve its mission. The agency has altered its basic operations to better gather and share data about its aid efforts, while at the same time ensuring privacy and security. Full report: is.gd/GCN_USAID The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has teamed up with the Center for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy to launch a prototype web tool called PatentsView that allows individu- als to explore data on patent activity in the United States as far back as 1976. Users can search patent titles, types, inventors, assignees, patent classes, locations and dates. The resulting information can be displayed as graphs or charts to show trends in patent activity. Researchers, inventors and startups can also search the patents of specific companies and see what technology is on the rise or starting to drop in popularity. PatentsView is part of a broader open-data initiative by USPTO, which is seeking to improve the accessibility and usability of valuable patent and trademark data. • USPTO opens the door to 4 decades of data BY DEREK MAJOR California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the OpenJustice initiative is a way to “hold ourselves accountable and improve public safety.” OAG.CA.GOV 1015gcn_008.indd 8 10/5/15 11:33 AM
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