Navigating City Data Resources Oakland

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Info
 for
 Ac)vism
 session
 1:
  Naviga)ng
 city
 data
 resources
 
Susan
 Mernit,
 Barbara
 Grady
  Oakland
 Local
 

City
 info
 resources:
 
•  City
 main
 site:
 hDp://oaklandnet.com
  •  City
 council
 &
 city
 council
 commiDees
 calendar,
 
  agendas
 and
 reports/memos,
  hDp://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx
  •  Mayor
 Quan’s
 site,
  hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/Mayor/ index.htm
 
  •  Oakland
 Police
 site,
 hDp://www.oaklandpolice.com/
 
  •  City
 Auditor,
 hDp://www.oaklandauditor.com
 
  •  Oakland
 City
 ADorney,
  hDp://www.oaklandcityaDorney.org/
 
 

Cri)cal
 links
 to
 find
 stuff
 
•  Index
 page:
 Oakland
 city
 government:
  hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/index.htm
  •  Legistar
 calendar
 with
 all
 commiDees,
 agendas,
 report
  links:
 hDp://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx
  •  Business
 index
 page:
  hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Business/index.htm
 
  •  Quality
 of
 life
 index
  hDp://www2.oaklandnet.com/Residents/index.htm
 
 

Work
 arounds
 
•  Search
 the
 web:
 pdf
 +
 date
 range
  •  Search
 the
 city
 sites
  •  Request
 public
 informa)on:
  hDp://www.oaklandcityaDorney.org/ Resources/PubInfoRequest.html
 
  •  Sign
 up
 for
 email
 updates
 (new):
 
–  City
 memorandums:
 hDp://bit.ly/O4RZnF
  –  City
 news
 room(last
 updated
 April):
  hDp://bit.ly/NIaa02
 
 

Challenges
 
•  Poor
 taxonomy/structure
 to
 site
  •  Poor
 search;
 confusing
 results,
 not
 able
 to
  search
 by
 date
  •  PDFs
 are
 uncopyable;
 hard
 to
 find;
  incomprehensible
 naming
 structure
  •  Weak
 alerts,
 no
 RSS
 feeds,
 so
 hard
 to
 track,
  monitor
 or
 keep
 up
  •  Security
 by
 obscurity/best
 kept
 secrets
 

Solu)ons
 
•  •  •  •  •  •  Open
 data
 pla]orms
  RSS-­‐enabled
 fees
  Readable
 PDFs
  BeDer
 search
 structure
  More
 tutorials
 on
 using
 the
 site
  Use
 cases
 

Preso
 on
 scribd:
 hDp://www.scribd.com/oakloc
 

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