The Civic Commons Wiki is a collaborative encyclopedia documenting best-practices and open standards for file formats, APIs, agile development processes, open source software, and supporting policies and licenses in the civic sector.
Civic Commons was originally a partnership between OpenPlans and Code for America. As of 2015, neither organization is affiliated with Civic Commons – it is an entirely community run resource.
Civic Commons is a non-profit initiative that helps governments build and use shared and open technologies to improve public services, transparency, accountability, citizen participation, and management effectiveness, all while saving money.
Amid the last two decades’ astounding advances in consumer and enterprise technologies, governments — especially cities, towns, counties, and the other units of government that are responsible to deliver public services every day — have largely been standing on the sidelines. Civic Commons is dedicated to helping cities embrace the transformative potential of shared technologies and collaborative development techniques that have been pioneered and proven in the private sector.
We believe that our cities can now take advantage of the same technologies that have generated such enormous efficiencies and innovative services in our lives as citizens and consumers. In a digitally interconnected world, cities don’t have to operate in isolation: they can pool their resources — their talents and ever-shrinking budgets — to build shared technologies, save money, and innovate.