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: 22 August 2013
NSW Govt bids for self-service analytics
- By Liz Tay. IT News, May 24, 2013. "Agencies applaud new workforce reports. NSW’s Public Service Commission has moved 70 percent of its workforce reports off static PDF files in a bid to reduce demand for custom analysis...
The commission moved 20GB of data to the new data warehouse, built on Microsoft technology and housed on commodity, Intel-based hardware.
It installed business intelligence software from Microsoft and Qlikview, with the latter used to produce and deliver interactive reporting dashboards for internal and external users..."
Is there really an open data El Dorado?
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. "... Is government open data really a new goldmine for innovation? ...
I agree there's fantastic value in open data; for generating better policy deliberations and decisions, for building trust and respect in institutions and even for stimulating innovation that leads to new commercial services and solutions.
However I do not believe in an open data El Dorado - the equivalent of the fabled city of gold - where every new dataset released unveils new nuggets of information and opportunities for innovation..."
Release of more data is a good thing for citizens
- A successful open-data ecosystem, however, depends on organisations releasing useful sets, whether they charge for them and, if they do, how much, by Karlin Lillington. Irish Times, May 22, 2013. "Getting data sets from inside government, semi-State and local bodies out into the public has been a significant part of IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative in Dublin. Of course, IBM didn’t think up this idea, nor is the company the main reason that an increasing array of data is now offered for public use, frequently at no charge, to be incorporated into apps and services and other uses.
IBM’s involvement on such a large scale (Dublin is one of its set of global Smarter Cities, in which the company does a wide array of research, much of it collaborative, on the infrastructure and organisation of the city) has definitely oiled the gears of the open-data movement here..."
There Is More To The US Open Data Policy Than Meets The Eye
- by Andrea Di Maio. Gartner, May 10, 2013. "On May 9, after a longer-than-expected preparation, the Open Data Policy announced as part of the US Digital Government Strategy has been issued together with an executive order signed by President Obama about Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.
As one reads the order, browses through the first few pages of the policy or watches the short video that CIO Steve Van Roekel and CTO Todd Park released to explain the policy, the first impression is that this is just the reinforcement of prior open government policies..."
Project Open Data: Open Data Policy - Managing Information as an Asset
- "... The ultimate value of data can often not be predicted. That’s why the U.S. Government released a policy that instructs agencies to manage their data, and information more generally, as an asset from the start and, wherever possible, release it to the public in a way that makes it open, discoverable, and usable.
The White House developed Project Open Data – this collection of code, tools, and case studies – to help agencies adopt the Open Data Policy and unlock the potential of government data. Project Open Data will evolve over time as a community resource to facilitate broader adoption of open data practices in government. Anyone – government employees, contractors, developers, the general public – can view and contribute. So dive right in and help to build a better world through the power of open data..."
Introducing: Project Open Data
- Posted by Todd Park and Steven VanRoekel. The White House, Office of Science and Technology Blog, May 16, 2013. "Technology evolves rapidly, and it can be challenging for policy and its implementation to evolve at the same pace. Last week, President Obama launched the Administration’s new Open Data Policy and Executive Order aimed at ensuring that data released by the government will be as accessible and useful as possible. To make sure this tech-focused policy can keep up with the speed of innovation, we created Project Open Data.
Project Open Data is an online, public repository intended to foster collaboration and promote the continual improvement of the Open Data Policy. We wanted to foster a culture change in government where we embrace collaboration and where anyone can help us make open data work better. The project is published on GitHub, an open source platform that allows communities of developers to collaboratively share and enhance code..."
A new goldmine: Making official data public could spur lots of innovation
- The Economist, May 18th 2013. "After a Soviet missile shot down a South Korean airliner that strayed into Russian airspace in 1983, President Ronald Reagan made America’s military satellite-navigation system, GPS, available to the world. Entrepreneurs pounced. Car-navigation, precision farming and 3m American jobs now depend on GPS. Official weather data are also public and avidly used by everyone from insurers to ice-cream sellers.
But this is not enough. On May 9th Barack Obama ordered that all data created or collected by America’s federal government must be made available free to the public, unless this would violate privacy, confidentiality or security. “Open and machine-readable”, the president said, is “the new default for government information.”
This is a big bang for big data, and will spur a frenzy of activity..."
Do governments need a chief data officer?
- by Jennifer Belissent - Forrester Research, 15 May, 2013. "Having had several related discussions this past week while in Washington DC, it is obvious that the question of how to use and manage the growing wealth of data, and incorporate it into an existing information governance organisation and infrastructure (however mature or not), is top of mind in the public sector as well. These questions are particularly timely for the federal government with the publication of the new Executive Order on Open Data and accompanying Memorandum on Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset. Do government agencies need a CDO in order to do this?..."
Opening public data boosts economy as well as transparency
- EurActiv, Published 16 May 2013. "Updating the 2003 public information directive to increase the amount of public data that Europeans can access may be perceived as a transparency measure, but it is likely to bring real financial benefits and boost skills in a growing IT sector, writes Dinand Tinholt.
Dinand Tinholt is global account director of the European Union at Capgemini Consulting, where he is involved in the EU's large-scale pilots in the field of pan-European interoperability, e-Government, standardisation, cross-border services and digital Infrastructures..."
Towards Open Access to Government Science: The Obama Administration Takes Some Important Steps
- by Gretchen Goldman, analyst, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation Blog, May 15, 2013. "This week, the National Research Council is holding public comment meetings on increasing public access to federally funded research—both access to the data and publications. We encouraged the UCS Science Network to weigh in with their own ideas on how the government can increase public access to its science. After all, this is the science that we all pay for through our tax dollars..."
Minister Clement Connects With Ottawa Open Data Expertise
- Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Canada News Centre, May 9, 2013. "Ottawa – The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today tapped into the expertise of Ottawa high tech innovators and municipal open data leaders during a roundtable consultation on the relaunch of the Government of Canada's Open Data Portal...
The Ottawa roundtable is the fourth in a series of cross-country consultations being organized by the Government of Canada in anticipation of the next generation Open Data Portal that will be unveiled later this year. Canadians, tech innovators and the Open Data community are being asked what kinds of features and content they are looking for in order to best leverage the Portal's resources..."
What is a Civic Hacker?
- by Lisa Nelson. Digital Gov - HowTo.Gov Blog, May 15, 2013. "The National Day of Civic Hacking is bringing together thousands of civic hackers on June 1st and 2nd. But what is a civic hacker, anyway?
“Civic hackers” as we think about it for the National Day of Civic Hacking are technologists, civil servants, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers – anybody – who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent to address challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country..."
APIs in Government - Howto.gov
- Managed by the Federal Web Managers Council. HowTo.gov, Page Reviewed/Updated: April 30, 2013. "An Application Programming Interface, or API, is a set of software instructions and standards that allows machine to machine communication—like when a website uses a widget to share a link on Twitter or Facebook..."
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- Common Questions About APIs
APIs help agencies say 'yes'
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, May 15, 2013. "The White House’s Digital Government Strategy calls on federal agencies to roll out two application programming interfaces (APIs) that make high-value data and content available to the masses by May 23, the strategy's one-year milestone..."
Economic effects of open data policy still 'anecdotal'
- By Adam Mazmanian. Federal Computer Week, May 15, 2013. "A year after the launch of the government's digital strategy, there's no official tally of the economic activity generated by the release of government datasets for use in commercial applications..."