Open Data Experienced Professional

Principal of Open Data, BaleFire Global
I work as the open data thought leader for BaleFire Global. I have been interviewed and cited dozens of times for my philosophy on what open data means and the direction open data will go. BaleFire Global has a clear a vision of data managed as an asset and data-driven decision-making.

In my primary role I am responsible for putting the BaleFire Global  vision into action. In essence, managing data as an asset means improving links between silos of databases and data stores; making information/data easier to find online, making it easier for analysts and policy makers to quickly access and transform data into the new formats and knowledge. It means lowering the cost of consuming and using data because we keep having more data to manage.

My roles are part data strategist and adviser, part steward for improving data quality, part evangelist for data sharing, part technologist, and part developer of new data products.

BaleFire Global Accomplishments
  • Speaker at several venues including the world Open Government Partnership Summit, The National League of Cities, North Carolina Digital Government Summit, Triangle Open Data Day, The Sunshine Week at Elon University

  • Organizer of first Regional Data Jam attended by the White house OST

  • Negotiation of  Master Service Agreement between Socrata and BaleFire Global

  • Co-author of the Open Government Partnership Submission from Ireland

  • Participation in the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group

  • Creation of over a dozen national and international open data portals

  • Successful launch of GoCode Colorado, the first ever state-wide “hackathon” tied to an open data initiative

Open Data Program Manager, Consultant, City of Raleigh
Raleigh is now a regional and international open data leader since I began consulting with the city in 2012. Through my Open Raleigh initiative, the City is sharing its policies, schemas and philosophy of “data as infrastructure” with city and county neighbors. The Town of Cary, the Town of Morrisville, Wake County, Durham County and the City of Durham are all considering or have passed open data resolutions based on the work of Open Raleigh. This cooperation is part of the Open Raleigh philosophy of regionalism as outlined in the Raleigh’s long-range vision for open data. This philosophy is unique among open data initiatives in the United States. Regionalism, as an open data best practice, is now becoming part of the national conversation through Raleigh’s partnerships.

Open Raleigh Accomplishments under Jason Hare

Open government is a process rather than an outcome. Open Raleigh is under development and will continue to evolve with experience and public input. A primary objective is a framework that supports a culture of openness and transparency and leads to an open government process.

  • Building and managing the project team and working with stakeholders both internally and externally to refine the final project scope.

  • Developing an open data governance structure to include the development and engagement of an oversight committee and steering committee.

  • Completing an inventory and release timeline for additional datasets.

  • Open Raleigh delivers value to Raleigh citizens by:

    • Enhancing transparency

    • Enabling participation

    • Providing improved insight into government services

    • Sharing key performance indicators and allowing collaboration on policies and processes

  • Citizens can engage with the city in a positive productive manner and the city can benefit from subject matter expert citizen participation.

  • The open data portal has potential to provide economic benefits in terms of local and regional companies developing mobile and web based applications that use this data.

  • Economic development may be stimulated by making data avalable at no cost or low cost to business interests and civic advocates.

  • Indirect economic benefits include attracting businesses to relocate due to enhanced transparency.

  • The Open Raleigh initiative includes regional municipalities and partners, futher enhancing the value to surrounding communities, citizens and businesses.

Open Raleigh Awards under Jason Hare
  • 2013 Digital Cities Survey, Center for Digital Government (CDG), November 2013

Ten finalists were chosen in four separate population categories: cities with residents of 250,000 or more; cities with between 125,000 and 249,999 residents; cities with populations from 75,000 to 124,999; and cities of less than 75,000.

  • PTI 2013 National Web 2.0 Award Public Technology Institute (PTI) August 2013

Public Technology Institute (PTI) recognizes select city, county and state governments as the country’s outstanding leaders in the innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media tools.

  • PTI Technology Solutions Awards Public Technology Institute (PTI) May 2013

Significant Achievement Award in IT and Telecommunications in 2012-2013 for the Open Raleigh Open Data Portal

The Open Data Institute, North Carolina Node Founder

Passionate about open data, I work in municipal, state, national and international efforts to open government data. From Raleigh, to Newark, to Colorado, to North Carolina, Ireland and beyond, I have campaigned for data usability and citizen engagement with “data as infrastructure”. In 2013 I became an Open Data Institute Member and founded an ODI Node in North Carolina. In the same year I became an Open Government Partnership Delegate.  

Open Data Institute Accomplishments Under Jason Hare

  • Establishing a sustainable economic model for Nodes within the US and Ireland. I have worked on the Open Government Partnership action Plan for both the United States and Ireland. For Ireland I have advised the national government on a strategic roadmap toward and sustainable two sided data market place.

  • Develop training and establish a network of nodes across the U.S. I have provided mentoring and guidance on establishing nodes and best practices for jurisdictions such as Ireland, Canada, Las Vegas, North Carolina, New York City, Baton Rouge and dozens of others.

Develop a quantitative analysis method of ranking and evaluating data sets through http://certificates.theodi.org.