Increasing Transparency: Open DataFest II Set for March 16–17


Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Michael Wilkening
Undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Here at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), we are continuously working to strengthen existing programs and services and evaluate new approaches. As we work towards these goals, it is important that we make effective use of the data that we collect along the way.

With this goal in mind, we launched our Open Data PortalOur data already are advancing our efforts to increase transparency and support data-driven decision-making. We expect that this trend will continue and our data will assist government employees, companies and nonprofit foundations, among others, to make more informed decisions and result in better outcomes for those who rely on our programs. 

ArcGIS Open Data: An Invitation and an Opportunity


Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Este Geraghty
Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director, Esri

The California Open DataFest II is fast approaching (March 16 and 17), and it marks a time of celebration and of coming full circle for me. You see, as physician-scientist at UC Davis, I yearned for data to be more available to facilitate my research. My wish would soon come true. In 2013, I went to work for the California Department of Public Health, as the deputy director in charge of vital records and informatics.

The Countdown Begins: Our 2nd Annual HHS Open DataFest is Coming Up!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Partnerships and collaborations (can someone please explain the difference to me?) are among the most-effective tools all of us have for doing the best work possible in many if not most circumstances. And, to my way of thinking, they also demonstrate that we mean what we say about making interoperability and information-sharing a part of everyday business life.

OPEN DATA: A Lot of Sparks, So Why No Wildfire Yet?


Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The concept of “Open Data" has  excited and frustrated a lot of people over the years, because it's one of those things that makes total sense on paper, and therefore “feels” like an idea that will quickly go viral and generate tremendous value. Yet it hasn't yet, so its supporters are puzzled and reflexively think the solution must be to educate people and to turn up the volume since, both intuitively and intellectually, it already should have caught on like wildfire.

For Stewards of Change, 2015 Won’t Be Just Another Year


Friday, January 16, 2015
           My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
                                                                                                                    -- Dr. Seuss
Here’s what I meant to do on January 1: Wake up late, spend some time with my family, read a couple of chapters of a good book, and then write a blog wishing everyone a happy 2015 and offering a preview of the exciting activities that Stewards of Change has on tap for this, our 10th Anniversary year.

Working for Change and Improving Lives … but First a Fish Story


Monday, December 22, 2014
The adage goes something like this: "If you give a family a fish, you feed them for one meal; if you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime."

So how in the world, you may ask, does this relate to the work of the Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) on information-sharing and interoperability? The answer is simple.

Yes, We Can Share Information, Improve Outcomes AND Protect Privacy!


Friday, December 5, 2014
I’m going to start today with a confession: I am a true believer. Preaching and teaching the value of information-sharing and interoperability to improve health and human services (and thereby people’s lives) is not only my job; it is my passion. So I was honored when the National League of Cities recently asked me to moderate a webinar titled “Sharing Data for Better Results.” The event took place on Wednesday, December 3, and I’m delighted to report that over 100 professionals participated, representing all levels of government and industry from coast to coast.