Our pals over at the Sunlight Foundation have just posted a great infographic showing the cycle of transparency. There’s just one thing missing and it fits in all parts of the cycle: policy, technology, reporting, engagement. That piece is libraries. But who’s quibbling, it’s a great graphic of the entire government ecosystem. Thanks sunlight!
With data being made easily accessible, journalists and bloggers can begin to dig into it, mix it up, identify relevant information and give the data context. As that critical context is provided, citizens absorb it and spread the information to others – both online and face-to-face – and make the data actionable.
Ultimately, informed citizen action creates greater public awareness; citizens become more effective, responsible advocates; holding government accountable becomes informed by data rather than inside-the-Beltway pundits, and better decisions can be made for our democracy.
As each element of the Cycle of Transparency moves forward concurrently, bringing about the changes we need to create a more transparent government, we also identify new needs.
At the end of the day, the process that the Cycle of Transparency describes is about creating a government more deserving of our trust, and ultimately, a government that allows its citizens to fully participate and hold government accountable as our Founders intended.
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