The Open Government initiative was signed in 2009 with the aim to improve government transparency. One critical aspect of it is the concept of “open data”, which urges agencies to make data and information about government operations more readily available to the public.
Analyst firm McKinsey & Company takes Open Government one step further, stating that “the open-data revolution holds the promise of not only better informing citizens but also improving the effectiveness and efficiency of services.”
As the leader in cloud database technology since 2000, Caspio has helped hundreds of government agencies embrace Open Government while streamlining their services. Below are some of the ways that governments have adopted Caspio cloud applications to launch successful initiatives:
1. Make open government data useful and easy-to-access.
One of the most popular use cases among Caspio’s government customers is bringing public data sets online. Whether it’s health inspection data or government employee salaries, agencies can quickly turn flat spreadsheet data into interactive databases embedded on their website for the public to view, search, share, and even submit feedback. Many Open Data initiatives have achieved amazing results using Caspio.
2. Eliminate paper-based manual processes.
Government administrators have traditionally relied on paper-based manual processes with lengthy approval procedures, but more agencies are now adopting cloud applications to automate their operations.
3. Engage communities by bringing entire programs online.
The Open Government initiative also encourages agencies to find more ways to engage with the community at all levels (individual citizens, businesses, non-profits and the private sector). Now with a tool like Caspio, agencies can implement innovative ideas to benefit both citizens and local businesses.
4. Offer location-based information that citizens care about.
With capabilities such as Google Mapping and Distance Search, Caspio makes it easy to create location-based applications to serve citizens concerned about the welfare of their community. For instance, an application with Distance Search allows citizens to simply enter their address or zip code to view hyper-local data such as neighborhood crime reports, nearby environmental hazards, road closures, city policy changes, and more.
With over 10 years of experience serving government agencies, Caspio offers specialized industry expertise in addition to its innovative cloud application platform. Learn more about how Caspio serves government.