Government Information and Data - Topics A-Z
Topics A-Z listing of articles and resources about initiatives relating to making government information widely available to be used in various applications including mashups of various kinds.
This category last updated: 23 May 2013
The Dynamics of Opening Government Data: A White Paper - in pdf format (782kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). By Natalie Helbig, Anthony M. Cresswell, G. Brian Burke, Luis Luna-Reyes, Center for Technology in Government, December 2012. "There is growing interest at all levels of government to increase access to and use of government data in support of good governance. As a result, public agencies are under pressure to create new capabilities to achieve this goal. A common assumption when opening government data is that simply supplying more data freely and in more formats will lead to more use. That use will lead to value creation and, in turn, will motivate government to make the necessary changes to continue opening more data. But, we know from experience, that supplying more and more data does not necessarily produce the results we anticipated.
This paper presents an approach to analyze and model open data initiatives based on two key ideas: context and dynamics. First, the approach acknowledges the signifi cance of context, particularly in terms of the actors and their interests in the governance of government data and access to it. These aspects of opening government data are largely de-contextualized in common practice, often addressing in a limited sense the many ways context affects how information is acquired, understood, and used to impact government and public life. Second, we highlight the dynamic aspects of open data initiatives that impact value creation, in terms of making data available, making it fi t for reuse, contextualizing information, and working with new stakeholders. These dynamics represent changes over time from new technologies, interests, issues, and patterns of interaction resulting in new practices, governance arrangements, policies, and ways to express the value generated..."
European Commission releases Open Data Portal
- By Sumedha Jalote. FutureGov, 31 December 2012. "The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, launched a beta version of the Open Data Hub of the European Union last week, a month earlier than the scheduled release date in January. The data portal currently contains 5811 datasets from the European Commission, freely available to the public to browse, download and use. The portal also provides access to data from other institutions and agencies of the European Union at their request..."
National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding - in pdf format (352kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). President of the United States, White House, December 2012. "... This National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (Strategy) aims to strike the proper balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm. While these two priorities—sharing and safeguarding—are often seen as mutually exclusive, in reality they are mutually reinforcing. This Strategy, therefore, emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help to build confidence and trust so that such information can be shared with authorized users..."
Open Government Partnership meeting produces plenty of positives
- International members of the Open Government Partnership met in Rome to share progress on transparency, by Antonio Naddeo. Guardian Professional, Wednesday 2 January 2013. "In December 2012 Rome hosted the third Open Government Partnership (OGP) European outreach meeting. The event, organised by the Italian public administration department – keen to prove to its citizens that it is able to rise to the ambitious challenge of the OGP – included international participants from well beyond the borders of Europe. About 80 representatives from 16 governments, five international organisations and from civil society discussed the themes of transparency, participation and collaboration between governments and civil society, both from a European perspective and in relation to the development of the OGP..."
DataBC finished first 18 months, makes access to government data easy
- Beacon Reporter BC, Beacon News, January 1, 2013. "DataBC makes unemployment figures, travel expenses a click away... The program's website currently holds over 2,700 government data files, from the latest graduate unemployment rate in the province to current expenditures on various services.
On average, one or two new sets of data are uploaded on the website everyday..."
Add 'value' to the Vs of big data
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, December 26, 2012. "Big data has traditionally been described by a series of words that begin with the letter 'V': volume, velocity, variety, and veracity.
The newest addition to that list is 'value', a term gaining critical importance in times of tough budget constraints and pressure on agencies to better analyze the data they have, said Dante Ricci, director of federal innovation at SAP..."
Better Living Using Open Data
- Government Technology, December 19, 2012. "In what is becoming an increasingly competitive field, The Atlantic Cities has declared 10 winners who have, in its view, most effectively utilized open data to create tools that everyday people can actually use. Winners cater to average citizens, not just technophobes, and arguably provide a valuable public service..."
First-ever White House Codeathon targets Apps for Equal Futures
- Posted by Sarah Hurwitz and Brian Forde. Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog, December 20, 2012. "Yesterday, we hosted the first-ever White House Codeathon!
The goal of this event was to support the Equal Futures App Challenge, a challenge to create apps that inspire girls and young women to become leaders in our democracy. This challenge is in response to President Obama’s call to countries around the world to politically and economically empower women and girls. Seventeen girls from the Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., and the National Girls Collaborative Project worked with nineteen prominent women coders and designers (and one brave man!) to start developing and designing apps that inspire girls to run for office (either in school today or one day as adults), engage with their elected officials, learn how to become more effective leaders, and more..."
New Director for Transparency and Open Data announced
- Cabinet Office, 13 December 2012. "The Cabinet Office has today announced the appointment of Paul Maltby as the new Director for Transparency and Open Data..."
New portal revolutionises open data
- Media Statements, Premier, The Honourable Campbell Newman, Friday, December 14, 2012. "The State Government's open data revolution has taken another leap forward today, with the launch of a new website including 73 data sets for the public to access and use.
Premier Campbell Newman said there is now data on the website from every department.
'The website includes a range of information from community grants funding, to TransLink network schedules and public transport user customer complaints,' Mr Newman said.
'There are also things like British convict registers, so there is something for everyone.'
Mr Newman said all departments will release a comprehensive Open Data Strategy by April, setting out their plan for the ongoing release of data to deliver on the State Government's strong commitment to being open and accountable..."
New funding to accelerate benefits of open data
- UK Cabinet Office, CAB 129-12, 12 December 2012. "£8 million of new investment will help public bodies release data so that companies can develop commercial opportunities for that data. The funding runs to 2015 and was announced today by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Business and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
The Ministers set out three new complementary measures to open up access to public data, including:
- a new £7.5m Data Strategy Board Breakthrough Fund, to which public sector bodies can apply;
- a new £850,000 Open Data Immersion Programme, to which companies can apply;
- upgrades to the format in which Ordnance Survey data can be downloaded, to make it easier, more accurate and more flexible for companies to use..."
Government to invest £8m in open data
- by Charlotte Jee. Government Computing Network, Published 12 December 2012. "Public bodies encouraged to release data for commercial opportunities. The government is to invest £8m to help public bodies release data. The funding is aimed at encouraging public sector organisations, including government departments, agencies and local authorities, to release more data 'so that companies can develop commercial opportunities for that data', according to an official statement.
The funding, which will run to 2015, will be used for a new £7.5m Data Strategy Board Breakthrough Fund, to which public sector bodies can apply, and a new £850,000 Open Data Immersion Programme, to which companies can apply..."
Minister Clement Participates in Tweet Chat on Proposed Open Government Licence
- Canada News Centre, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, December 11, 2012. "Ottawa — The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today participated in a Tweet Chat with open data innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to solicit feedback and share ideas about the Government's proposed new Open Government Licence aimed at making it easier to download and reuse government data.
The proposed Licence, which will govern the attribution of datasets downloaded from the Government's Open Data Portal, is modeled on international best practice. It offers unrestricted reuse of government information and makes it easier to create data mashups from multiple sources..."
A Practical Vision for Open Government
- by Francis Maude, Minister for the UK Cabinet Office. The Huffington Post Blog, 12 December 2012. "The movement for transparency and openness in government took decisive steps forward last week.
As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, the UK hosted the first ministerial level meeting in Britain of this growing international initiative. But this meeting wasn't just symbolically significant. We put in place key measures that will help move the OGP from fine words to accountable actions.
At the same time, the Open Data Institute, based in London's Tech City, and the first organisation of its kind anywhere in the world, officially opened for business..."
UK Leads Demand for Open Data as ODI Opens for Business
- Open Data Institute, 4th December 2012. "As The Open Data Institute opens officially, research reveals key features of an evolving open data market. As part of its start-up activities, the ODI has been working with business experts, Deloitte to assess the landscape.
The analysis reveals that
- The UK is leading the world in open data. Whilst data.gov.uk does not have the same quantity of data as government open data sites in countries including the US and France, in the period studied by Deloitte, data.gov.uk received more daily visits than either data.gouv.fr. or data.gov
- Between January 2010 and September 2012, demand for open data on data.gov.uk, measured by the average number of page views for each dataset, has grown by 285%;
- There are significant variances between supply and demand for open data in different industry sectors;
- As the environment develops, businesses are organising themselves in to five key “archetypes” based on the ways they use open data..."