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
World Bank Group : Ulyanovsk Oblast: Regional Government Launches Open Data Initiative in Russia
- 4-Traders, 10 April 2013. "Russian Federation, City of Ulyanovsk, April 10, 2013 - Ulyanovsk Oblast Government launched an Open Data Initiative based on the recommendations of an Open Data Readiness Assessment prepared by the World Bank, at an "Open Region" seminar today.
Ulyanovsk Oblast Deputy Chair of the Government Svetlana Opyonysheva, who is already a champion for Open Government in Russia, acknowledged the value of Open Data for her region from the government and business perspectives..."
Halifax Regional Municipality launches open data catalogue
- Halifax Regional Municipality. News Release, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. "Halifax, NS – Accessing popular city information became easier today as HRM launched its open data catalogue, as part of a pilot project to release readily available, high quality data sets for public viewing, and use in the development of web and mobile based applications.
"The launch of this free, online data catalogue represents the first step in an ongoing effort by members of Council to make city government more open and accessible to residents," said Mayor Mike Savage. "We collect a great deal of information on the state of the city, which we know could be better utilized through data applications that enhance our existing services and improve our citizen’s quality of life."..."
Queensland's open data push goes 'global'
- by Katherine Feeney. Brisbane Times, April 3, 2013. "It's better than Google Earth, apparently.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has unveiled the prize piece of his government's so-called open data revolution, Queensland Globe, a computer program he says will better inform taxpayers and reveal new money-making opportunities to business and enterprise.
But the program's reliance on multiple government data sets opens up concerns about privacy and the release of information classified as commercial-in-confidence – issues Mr Newman says will be dealt with by a special expert panel..."
The messy reality of open data and politics
- Government datasets are political in themselves and their use is under the magnifying glass. by Tim Davies. Guardian Professional, Monday 8 April 2013. "It is perhaps unsurprising that there is growing awareness of the political nature of open data policies.
It is only by ignoring the messy reality of both data and politics that positivists can suggest the release of data will inevitably lead to more 'rational' and evidence-based government.
In practice, datasets themselves are political objects, and policies to open up datasets are the product of politics. If you look beyond the binary fight over whether government data should be open or not, then you will find a far more subtle set of political questions over the what and the how of opening data..."
Commission welcomes Member States' endorsement of EU Open Data rules
- European Commission, Press Release, Reference: IP/13/316, Brussels, 10 April 2013. "The European Commission welcomes endorsement by the EU Council's 'Coreper' committee (EU Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives) of the Commission's effort to open-up public sector data for re-use across Europe (see IP/11/1524).
Once fully implemented into national law, the revision of the 2003 Public Sector Information Directive would make all generally accessible (that is, non-personal) public sector information available for re-use. Developers, programmers, businesses and citizens will be able to get and re-use public sector data at zero or very low cost in most cases. They will also have access to more exciting and inspirational content, for example including materials in national museums, libraries and archives..."
Open Data Has Little Value If People Can't Use It
- by Craig Hammer. HBR Blog Network, March 29, 2013. "Open data could be the gamechanger when it comes to eradicating global poverty. In the last two years, central and local governments and multilateral organizations around the world have opened a range of data — information on budgets, infrastructure, health, sanitation, education, and more — online, for free. The data are not perfect, but then perfection is not the goal. Rather, the goal is for this data to become actionable intelligence: a launchpad for investigation, analysis, triangulation, and improved decision making at all levels..."
European Commission sets up working group with governmental data portals
- Submitted by Michiel De Keyzer. European Commission - Joinup, March 21, 2013. "The European Commission invites metadata experts who directly or indirectly work for a governmental data portal to participate in a Working Group that will define a common model for exchanging information about data sets between data portals in Europe.
There are a growing number of governmental data portals in Europe but currently there is no consensus on how to exchange information about datasets listed on these portals. As a consequence businesses and citizens face difficulties in finding and re-using public sector information, in particular if the datasets are in another Member State where language barriers may apply and the structure of government is unfamiliar..."
White House gears up for second 'hackathon'
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, April 8, 2013. "The White House is looking for hackers, tech experts and developers to participate in its second Hackathon on June 1. The goal is to produce "full, production-ready applications and visualization tools" that will be used on the We the People petitioning system under an open-source license..."
Demand grows for data scientists
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, April 5, 2013. "The world is full of data – 2.5 quintillion new bytes of it every day – but despite humanity's growing technological prowess, it still takes well trained, intelligent and intensely curious minds to sift the signal from the noise..."
The Public Sector Data Agenda
- Posted by Andy Price. Public Technology, 2 April 2013. "Data is high on the agenda for the public sector at the moment. Whether organisations are scrambling to protect themselves from the dreaded data breach or trying to make the most of their information assets, the market is learning what it means to function in an emerging information economy.
Recently, Gartner highlighted the growing need to make information available through multiple, simultaneous channels in real-time.
The analyst house predicts that the implantation of modern information infrastructure will be central to achieving this in 2013..."
From big data to better decisions
- By Christopher Cattie, Kris van Riper. Federal Computer Week, March 29, 2013. "IT leaders across the public sector are being challenged to deliver continuous improvements in the face of unprecedented budget scrutiny. Beyond simply focusing on short-term cost-cutting initiatives, IT leaders need to ask a more fundamental question: How can they continue to add the most value to the enterprise?...
The most productive ways to realize the potential of using big data to enable better decisions is to:.. Train IT staff to exploit big data. Data scientists are just one part of the solution. IT teams need to build supporting roles that improve the usability of their information assets, such as information architects, user experience designers and information security liaisons..."
Opening the vault - Open data in Queensland - watch the livestream
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. "Today the 'Opening the vault' event is being held in Brisbane, discussing open data in the context of the state.
Following from the Queensland Government's commitment to open data (with the appointment of Australia's first e-Government Assistant Minister), the event was opened by Premier Newman and is being livestreamed on the web - demonstrating the level of importance placed on this area in the state..."
Turning Optimism into Reality: How Big Data Is Transforming Government
- A Candid Survey of Federal Employees. Government Business Council, Underwritten by: Booz Allen Hamilton, March 2013. "The proliferation of Big Data has forced agencies to consider its great potential to revolutionize federal operations. The White House's Big Data Initiative has invested $200 million in new research and development projects to use Big Data, and the use of Big Data in various agency activities ranging from performance tracking to budgeting has begun to take hold. As a result, many agencies are trying to train and/or hire a workforce to leverage Big Data, but in the current budget climate, new hires and investing in training courses is proving to be difficult or impossible.
In order to evaluate agency efforts to leverage Big Data and provide insight on how agencies can best capitalize on the opportunities provided by Big Data given the current budget climate, the Government Business Council, with sponsorship from Booz Allen Hamilton, undertook a comprehensive research project that surveyed federal managers..."
Bullish on big data? Better make a plan
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, April 1, 2013. "Are you bullish on big data? Then your agency better get a big data strategy in place – and if that strategy does not outline at least one specific problem to solve, a timeline for success and measurable metrics to gauge progress, it's probably a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.
While federal agencies fall at different points on the big data learning curve, the intelligence community (IC) sits comfortably at the top of the class, in part because they've solidified what they want from big data and taken steps to make it happen..."
Urban activists hack their way toward open government
- Oakland partners with Code for America, but how much difference can tech make? by Cyrus Farivar. ARS Technica, March 30 2013. "OAKLAND, CA — Four years ago, Code For America (CFA) was founded with the mission to 'help governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the Web.' Within two years, the San Francisco-based nonprofit set up a fellowship program, inviting American cities to receive a team of three young motivated developers, activists, and policy planners. The Washington Post's description captured what everyone was already thinking: CFA is the 'technology world's equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America.'..."