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SmartProcure’s database contains hundreds of millions of local, state and federal purchase order records. This information can be used to find products, research pricing, verify vendors, ensure compliance, provide data to your citizens and benchmark your performance internally and externally. SmartSearch is SmartProcure's web-based tool that makes it easy to find a product’s best price, identify and validate vendors, ...more »

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2015 Fix California Challenge

Drought management demands data science

The broader issue: Last year, the Delta Stewardship Council convened a wide range of California’s water data best and brightest and articulated a key barrier: “Spreadsheets are circulated with calculations performed manually, producing unnecessary cost, opaque processes, and additional risk of error.” Translation: using Excel for everything. (It’s a useful tool but not a database folks!) droughtThe drought demands more ...more »

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Increase financial transparency through the OpenGov platform

Transforming raw financial data into meaningful insights for taxpayers can be a daily challenge for California governments. Many local governments run on legacy systems that make it difficult for the public to see how money is spent. Likewise, elected officials and staff also struggle to access, analyze and share their own data with the limited tools that are at their disposal. For example, the budget book — a government’s ...more »

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Get transparency on California water consumption data

Decisions about the question how to solve the California water problem are urgently required. However the right data to do the right decisions are missing. Idea is to start a data project to collect this data from public and non public sources and offer this data to the public and to experts. The data can be used for efficient failure analysis, publicly driven big data analysis programs and for making the water consumption, ...more »

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Open Data, Civic Tech and a 21st Century California

Open Data, the redesign of government management and sharing of information, is among California’s greatest opportunities. With the capacity to spur economic growth and innovation, as well as improve the efficiency of government services, increased access to public data will tap into a growing cadre of civic technology to spur greater, more meaningful interactions with communities and their government. In 2014 Californians ...more »

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Future Data; Game Based Simulations of Infrastructure Projects

The Problem: The future cost and impact of large infrastructure projects is too hard for the public to predict and envision. The Solution: A simulation/game based format (think Farmville or SimCity) allows people to see and experience the granular decisions that build into larger forces that create change. Crowdsourcing the actions of hundreds of thousands of players simulate the large scale economic forces at play. ...more »

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