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4 Important Updates in 2015 to the Sunshine Review's 10 Point Transparency Checklist

In 2008, the non-profit organization Sunshine Review created a 10 Point Transparency Checklist to help take the aforementioned buzzword 'transparency' and turn it into a tangible and achievable goal with benchmarks to help guide progress.  It's been hugely impactful, local governments coast-to-coast have used this checklist has a guide to improve the public's access to online information via their website.  But in 2015, is this checklist in need of some updating? 

How Small Local Governments are Closing the Good Government Divide

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Local governments face a stiff challenge; to effectively engage with the growing population of digital natives, joining the online conversation isn’t enough, as the most important entity in the community local governments need to lead the conversation.  This challenge is not insurmountable, as exemplified by organizations like Paducah, Kentucky and Mclendon-Chisholm, Texas.  

Retaining Organizational Knowledge: An Urgent Issue for Local Government Leaders

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When municipal clerks change jobs or retire, local governments can lose much of the valuable organizational knowledge they need to provide essential services, preserve local history, and comply with legislative mandates. Indeed, the biggest threat to local governments’ management and curation of information may be the staff members who built those processes in the first place.

Many local governments still use manual processes to manage meeting agendas and public records, and frequently file paper documents in manila folders and cardboard boxes. Because municipal clerks created many of those processes and filing systems, they may be the only ones who understand how they work and know where to find the information.

Join the Nationwide Clerks Conversation That's Now Over 20,000 Strong

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iCompass is excited to announce the nationwide unveiling of ClerkOn the new online gathering place for clerks.  It’s an easy, fun way for clerks to connect, share knowledge and learn from one another.  It’s an active and engaging place ‘just for clerks’ with content and discussions created by members of the community.

Transparency through technology: Scalable, cost-effective and achievable now

Transparency through technology for local governments

If local governments are not investing in technology that makes data more available to the public, they are not investing in transparency. It’s really that simple.

In today’s highly connected world, transparency has become synonymous with digital access to information. The right digital tools can make transparency achievable, scalable and cost-effective while making local government data accessible to the residents of major cities like Chicago and much smaller communities such as Williamsville, New York. Chicago and Williamsville are just two U.S. cities that have implemented open data policies, a process that goes beyond simply publishing government data online and offers the public ongoing access to specific types of information in formats that are easy to use.