Open Government Coalition

The OGC framework allows governments to work together to build useful tools for us all at no cost. Governments become project managers and private companies pay developers to do the work to spec and publish the cloud infrastructure-as-code online for any other entity to use for free.

We have a successful mobility project with over 80 governments, multiple public-sector entities, and private sector companies to fund and build it, and there are 3 other projects under development.

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The Open Government Coalition was started by the Office of Civic Innovation in Louisville, KY to build, fund, and maintain cloud projects for multiple city governments with development costs paid for by private partners. See

We realized that governments were paying hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to pay vendors to develop solutions to common problems, and we do not do a good job of sharing our work and deployment process. If instead we can develop a project plan around specific valuable use cases, gather sponsors from interested stakeholders, and have tech companies to the work, we could open source the entire procurement process and build products for free. The resulting code and detailed deployment process is all released online, and governments have a platform to use and build upon collaboratively.

There are currently 4 active projects (and more being scoped) under the OGC umbrella.

1. Waze CCP processor – database, API, visualizations and maps for Waze government partners to make use of Waze’s anonymized data immediately and get out-of-the-box tools like traffic studies, faulty traffic equipment discovery, and collision prediction analysis. 12 governments have deployed including Los Angeles, Peru, New Zealand, Anchorage (in 30 minutes from a plane!) and over 80 more are supporting the future roadmap. Support from Waze, Amazon, Slingshot, Microsoft, Carto, GovEx, UPenn, and more.

2. SpeedUp USA - open source nationwide map that pulls individual internet speed test data from M-Lab and breaks down the results on maps and charts by points, census blocks, ISP, date range, and speed. Essential for digital inclusion efforts and ISP agreements since a tool like this does not exist for free anywhere else. Support from NDIA and local developers and city govs.

3. IFTTT Open Data Action – Allows residents to get alerts on any changes from a city’s open data from any platform IFTTT supports (text message, email, Twitter, Slack, Hue Bulbs, etc). Support from and multiple cities.

4. Street Quality from cameras – a method to assess your city’s street grid pavement quality from Open Street Cam data and get a pavement condition index using the images into a dashboard.

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