Developers and designers, working under the name Civic Design and Development Collaborative (CDDC), began work earlier this month on a new customer service web survey that will be implemented by Cuyahoga County. The County approached the TAP group at the end of December to build a mobile friendly template that the County could launch in conjunction with a new paper version of the survey early this spring.

The CDDC team includes:

  • Michael Goodill is the Marketing Manager at LiveCLEVELAND!, a civic marketing agency. In this capacity, he interfaces with many civic and non-profit entities including the City of Cleveland, CMSD, County Land Bank, and all the neighborhood CDCs.  His primary focus is utilizing technology to create community and a sense of place. To that end he also runs the website/newsletter Cleveland Art Guide(www.clevelandartguide).
  • Adam Harvey: Cuyahoga County ISC Liaison
  • John Homenko is the Web, Windows, and Database Manager for Cuyahoga County’s Employment Family Services (Human Services).  John has an MBA from CWRU (2002) and a Master’s of Health Sciences from CSU (2008).  He’s helped the county develop over 75 applications in a ten year period.  He’s taken all Microsoft courses for the certifiied developer certificate and data base administrator certificate, and has some experience in the open source world: configuring a Linux server and setting up an apache based web site using perl/java script.
  • Parag Jagdale is an experienced web application developer and designer with a proven ability to solve unique user experience design problems. Parag founded Un-identified, LLC ( in 2006 and has become a passionate devotee to standards-based HTML/CSS development. More recently, Parag has worked on large scale web applications as a software engineer for Innovative Process Administration LLC and The Civic Commons. He has also worked as lead designer on several projects. Parag dreams big but focuses on one pixel at a time.
  • Kevin Leeson: Cleveland Coalition and TAP organizer
  • Marlin Linger
  • Jeff Schuler builds websites and mobile apps as Substrate Websoft for orgs addressing environment, empowerment, and education. He advocates open source, open standards, open data, and open-mindedness. He led breakouts on open data at the TAP Summit, manages the Cleveland Civic Hacking Meetup and Drupal User Group, and is organizing this project.
  • Jim Simpson owns a mobile app development platform which provides developers and non-developers a simple, affordable wysiwyg portal and dashboard to create active mobile apps, websites, forms and anything else mobile the same day. We also provide app development assistance and seek local professional developers for the specialty needs of our clients, to further enhance our platform.
  • Will Skora is a recent college graduate and is passionate about mapping and using open data to create transparency in local government and to educate and empower residents. He is also author of the Cleveland Neighborhood Map:
  • Stuart Smith
  • James R Stone is an independent Drupal consultant in the Northeast Ohio area. Clients, both local and remote, are a mixture of non-profit, small business, websites, enterprise intranets and medical records application development. I am proud to be a part of the growing Cuyahoga TAP community – finding ways to bring the community and information together.

This month, Beth Sebian was recognized as an OpenGov Champion by the Washington, DC hub of all things transparency, the Sunlight Foundation for organizing the TAP Summit and promoting Open Gov through her work in Cleveland.

See Sunlight Foundation’s Open Gov Champions.

Thanks to the Civic Commons and Jill Miller Zimon for supporting the TAP Summit and recognizing Beth Sebian and the Cleveland Coalition’s Work.


As an independent voice for more open and responsive City government, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission acts through its voter-established mandate to preserve the public trust. Through meaningful public disclosure and effective education, the Commission is committed to supporting and equipping an informed citizenry. Dedicated to upholding the public interest, the Commission shapes, administers and enforces City ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws that ensure Los Angeles elections and government decision making are fair, transparent and accountable.

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Listen to the program featuring OpenGov experts on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas page:


Tune in tomorrow, July 20 at 9 AM for The Sound of Ideas’ program on government transparency.

If government – from your local school board to the U.S. Capitol – operated in secret, how much would you trust it? On the next Sound of Ideas, we’ll talk to open government advocates about the public’s right to know. We’ll offer expert advice on how to access public records and keep tabs on your government. Plus, we’ll explore how technology is helping to make government more transparent. Join us Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Ellen Miller, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation
David Marburger, Partner, Baker & Hostetler and author of Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio
C. Ellen Connally, President, Cuyahoga County Council
Michael Froomkin, Professor of Law, University of Miami and served on Florida Supreme Court Committee on Privacy and Court Records from 2003-2005

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Powerful ideas and inspiration from Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller at the City Club of Cleveland on July 1, 2011. Audio from last week’s City Club forum is also up. Podcast available here.

Thank you again to the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen Miller and all their AMAZING staff (woot woot!) for helping us shoot for the stars with this project. Thanks as well to the Gund Foundation for their generous support and the City Club for their contributions and help.


Manor, TX (Photo courtesy: Getty)

MuniGov 2.0
MuniGov 2.0 is a coalition of federal/state/local/municipal and international governments focused on exploring the use and principles of Web 2.0 in an effort to improve citizen services and communication via technology. The site and its accompanying documents were created as resources, best practices and the start of a community of like-minded peers who have a common interest in the concepts of 2.0 as they could and do apply to local government.  The pages of this site are designed to put you in touch directly with the theories and practice of 2.0 in government and the people who are pushing the envelope in each sub-category or technology.[WEBSITE]

CollabTech Summit 2011
Amazing Resources right in our backyard. For the past four years, CollabTech has brought together educators, instructional technologists and others from the greater Cleveland/Akron area for a day of networking and professional development led by nationally known thinkers in higher education and academic technologies. If you were involved with this project and I don’t find you first, please reach out! [WEBSITE]

Manor, Texas: Inspiration
Dustin Haisler doing amazing things. Read the article.

*H/T to Jill Miller Zimon and others for clueing me in to these resources


Thank you to Chris Ronayne for this guest submission.

Ed Hauser (Photo credit: Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer)

If you ever watch a sunset from the shores of Cleveland’s Whiskey Island, remember a man named Ed Hauser. If you’re ever looking over Cleveland’s Historic Coast Guard Station shining at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, tip your hat to Hauser. These places exist and are publicly accessible today because one man demanded public access to the decisions of his local government. Ed “Citizen” Hauser invoked transparency and accountability from the public sector through his masterful use of every tool of public process available to him by right – the right to public records, the right to open meetings, the right to record a meeting, the right to make public statements at public meetings. Many public officials may remember Hauser as the man behind the video camera at public meetings which may be the reason a few remember him like a blister on the heel. But any Cleveland public official who is honest will remember Hauser as one of the most effective community advocates the City of Cleveland has ever known. In my public service as Planning Director and Chief of Staff for the City of Cleveland, I remember Ed Hauser as the man at the microphone at the public meeting.

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Here are some cool, Transparency-related projects and resources. Check ’em out!

The Ohio Redistricting Competition
The Ohio Redistricting Competition is a partnership of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Midwest Democracy Network & Ohio Citizen Action.  Because of improvements in computer software, Ohioans can participate more fully in the redistricting process and actually draw the lines. Thanks to Ohio Citizen Action’s Catherine Turcer for sharing the project with us!

The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s MAKING POLICY PUBLIC Project
“CUP is looking for advocates, organizations, and researchers with complex policy issues that need visual explanation. We seek advocates with a constituency who would directly benefit from an issue of Making Policy Public. While applicants need not be affiliated with an organization they must have a credible plan for distributing the completed publication to a target audience. Applicants should be interested in engaging in a collaborative design process and, most of all, interested in explaining an aspect of public policy.”

GOOD Magazine’s Transparency INFOGRAPHICS
For some amazing visuals (“infographics” is the more accurate term), check out GOOD turns complex policy matters into vibrant visuals that make everything a little easier to comprehend. We’d love to see more of these explaining our local government!


Patrick Bresette, Associate Program Director, Demos
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 (City Club, Cleveland)

When people are reminded of the mission and purpose of government and given vivid and concrete images of the public systems necessary to achieve those goals, they can engage in questions about government in a more pragmatic, reasonable and problem solving manner. Despite the power of consumerism, people are ready to be called to act as civic-minded participants in community life.

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