Join us on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Iolani School, Sullivan Center for Civic*Celerator Demo Day, where we unveil each team’s projects and get feedback from the judges. We’ll learn about campaign finance and be a part of this transformation from open data to open knowledge. We are in […]

Open Data and Campaign Spending


The state Office of Information Management & Technology was featured last night on Bytemarks Cafe on Hawaii Public Radio. The accomplishments, challenges, and future vision of the OIMT were explored with Sonny Bhagowalia, the governor’s new Chief Advisor for Technology and Cyber-Security, and Keone Kali, who is succeeding Bhagowalia as the state’s Chief […]

Bhagowalia: “It Belongs to the People of Hawaii”


From Seoul to Osaka – Asia Pacific opens arms to open data as ODI announces five new international Nodes 2014-02-17 by The ODI The ODI has announced five new international Nodes including the first two from the Asia Pacific region: Osaka, Seoul, Sheffield, Philadelphia and Hawaii. They will join the first raft […]

ODI Hawaii



On November 27, 2013, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 53, CD2, FD1 – Relating to Open Data in law. It now becomes Ordinance 13-39 going into effect immediately. This process that started in August was quite different from what happens in the State Legislature. In some ways it is much […]

Mayor Kirk Caldwell signs Bill 53, CD2, FD1


Back on August 7, 2013 Bill 53 (2013): Relating to Open Data, got introduced by CM Carol Fukunaga at a full Council meeting. It got subsequently heard on August 20th in the Public Safety and Economic Development Committee. Bill 53 CD1 then moved on to a second reading in the […]

Bill 53: Relating to Open Data – City & County ...


On July 3, 2013, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law a measure to enhance government transparency and accountability in Hawaii through increasing public awareness and access to open data. House Bill (HB) 632, relating to open data, now becomes Act 263. It requires the State’s Executive Branch departments to make […]

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs Hawaii’s Open Data Bill into Law



On June 1, 2013, Honolulu participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking with its own Hack to the Future. Our event was attended by more than 80 people, which I might add was capped at 60. The day was designed to be an overview of applications and tools the […]

Photos: Hack to the Future


There are a couple of events I would like to bring to your attention. First off, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 is the Governance Futures Lab. It’s a two day event being sponsored by The Institute for the Future (Palo Alto, CA). The global event is organized to bring a […]

Hack to the Future


HB632 HD2 crossed a major milestone today and passed a joint hearing of the TEC/JDL committees with small amendments from the Hawaii Bankers Association (see testimony). Also an appropriation amount of $100K was inserted in the section as requested by the Office of Information Practices. TEC is Chaired by Sen […]

HB632 HD2 Crosses Major Milestone



I should have known that marshaling a bill through legislation involved some politics. As an update, SB448 SD1 died in the Senate. It was re-referred to a joint committee if JDL/WAM and never got scheduled. On the House side, HB632 HD2 passed through the FIN committee and crossed over to […]

The politics of Open Data


The good news is that both bills in the Senate (SB448) and House (HB632) are still alive. SB448 was heard by the TEC committee.  As a result of that hearing there were numerous amendments added to the bill language. If you compare SB448 with SB448 SD1, the modifications include clarification […]

Open Data Bills: SB448 & HB632 Update


The first draft of HB632 HD1 Relating to Open Data is now online for your review. It better defines what open data is and which datasets are considered under this open data bill. The schedule for rule making is set for July 1, 2015 to give time for the process. […]

HB632 HD1 Relating to Open Data