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Purdue University Libraries Seminar Committee Welcomes Award-winning CIO, Jonathan Reichental for Presentation on Innovation, Open Data in Local Government – Sept. 27

September 13th, 2013

Purdue University Libraries Seminar Committee welcomes award-winning CIO for Palo Alto, CA for a Libraries seminar on innovation and open data in local government.  The presentation will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Lawson Hall, Room 1142 on Purdue University’s campus.

Jonathan Reichental is the award-winning CIO for Palo Alto, CA, focusing on modernizing the technology environment, implementing enhancements to the citywide SAP implementation, and pushing the boundaries of innovation in local government such as open data and broader civic participation through mobile devices. 

Jonathan was awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013.  He has also recently been named the top social government CIO on Twitter.  

Presentation Summary:

In an era of government deficits it’s comforting to note that there is an abundant surplus of data. But until recently, leveraging value from data beyond its initial creation and use has been difficult. Today, this picture is changing. A combination of new technologies and a more enlightened emerging leadership is finding innovative ways to put data to work. Beyond much desired transparency and accountability, making government data more easily accessible is creating a wave of valuable community applications. In this talk, Dr. Reichental will discuss these transforming items and help the audience to think about how they too can participate in this new data economy.

Additional Information:

City of Palo Alto Open Data Platform:

Jonathan Reichental’s webpage:


Source:  Lisa Zilinski, Purdue University Libraries,, 765-494-1583