Open Source computing is changing the landscape of technology for local governments. Instead of relying solely on IT departments and large suppliers, some aspects of local government information are being opened up to interested community members to access and analyze the data — and even to help generate the data. Mobile applications are proliferating for a variety of purposes. Cities and counties are examining whether and how to shift their role to being a data collaborator and coordinator with different kinds of community partners.
Examples of smartphone and other mobile apps that can help local governments and regional agencies share information, identify problems, solicit resident ideas and feedback, and promote public engagement.