The year ahead for Civic Commons

Last year, under the banner of our joint Civic Commons initiative, Code for America and OpenPlans collaborated on a series of projects around civic standards, open source technology for cities, and information for tech procurement.

This past year has been a successful one, with the launch of the Civic Commons Marketplace, broad adoption of open standards for 311 information, and the publication of useful resources to help public sector managers to effectively evaluate their technology options.

In 2012, the focus for those activities will be further development of the Marketplace – a wiki database of tools for governments that helps you discover what’s in use and where. Still in pre-release, the site has already gathered info on over 300 apps in 120 cities. And some spirited conversation over the Twitters too, arguing the merits of listing open and proprietary software together. Under the leadership of Code for America, the Marketplace will continue to grow in size and usefulness this year. We’re looking forward to supporting this great project as it matures.

Meanwhile, Nick Grossman, who has led Civic Commons for the past few months, is moving onto a new venture focused on Internet freedom. Here at OpenPlans HQ, our own Phil Ashlock will continue to provide leadership around civic standards and Open311 tools. We are looking forward to continuing the march toward better and more open civic technology platforms.