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
Web Foundation launches study on Open Data
- IT News Africa, 30 April 2013. "Speaking at an Open Government Partnership reception recently, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web Foundation (Web Foundation) and inventor of the Web, unveiled the first ever in-depth study into how the power of open data could be harnessed to tackle social challenges in the developing world.
The 14 country study is funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and will be overseen by the Web Foundation's world-leading open data experts. An interim progress update will be made at an October 2013 meeting of the Open Government Partnership, with in-depth results expected in 2014..."
The Value of Open Data – Don't Measure Growth, Measure Destruction
- by David Eaves. 25 April 2013. "Alexander Howard – who, in my mind, is the best guy covering the Gov 2.0 space – pinged me the other night to ask 'What's the best evidence of open data leading to economic outcomes that you've seen?'
I'd like to hack the question because – I suspect – for many people, they will be looking to measure 'economic outcomes' in ways that I don't think will be so narrow as to be helpful. For example, if you are wondering what the big companies are going to be that come out of the open data movement and/or what are the big savings that are going to be found by government via sifting through the data, I think you are probably looking for the wrong indicators.
Why? Part of it is because the number of 'big' examples is going to be small..."
The State and Local Big Data Gap - Report
- MeriTalk, April 29, 2013. "MeriTalk's Federal Big Data Gap study, released in May of 2012, provided the first quantitative metrics to show that Uncle Sam is keenly interested in big data, but faces challenges in negotiating a path to implement solutions.
So, how are state and local agencies faring? Should they share the same interest in big data? What data challenges do they face?
To answer these questions, MeriTalk surveyed 150 state and local IT professionals. The resulting State and Local Big Data Gap report highlights the current data position for state and local agencies and outlines the gap between the big data opportunity and reality..." [Requires Registration]
State and Local Agencies Expect Data to Double in Next Four Years; Show Little Adoption of Big Data - in pdf format (147kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). State and local IT professionals estimate that they have less than half of the storage and computing resources and a third of the personnel they need to leverage big data Alexandria, Va., MeriTalk, Media Release, April 29, 2013. "The ongoing data boom continues to present a challenge to government agencies, particularly on the state and local level. State and local agencies express interest in leveraging data to improve decision making and meet mission objectives, but struggle to process and analyze the data, according to a new study by MeriTalk, the government IT network, underwritten by NetApp.
The new report, “The State and Local Big Data Gap,” reveals that despite the known advantages of big data, few state and local agencies are taking action to harness and
Big data promises to unlock the value hidden in complex data sets to improve government's ability to make decisions, increase efficiencies, and ultimately better serve citizens. State and local IT professionals see the value in big data. Respondents cited improving overall agency efficiency (57 percent), improving speed and accuracy of decisions (54 percent), and achieving a greater understanding of citizen needs and how to meet them (37 per cent) as the top advantages to tapping into big data..."
Boston probe's big data use hints at the future
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, April 26, 2013. "Less than 24 hours after two explosions killed three people and injured dozens more at the April 15 Boston Marathon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had compiled 10 terabytes of data in hopes of finding needles in haystacks of information that might lead to the suspects.
The tensest part of the ongoing investigation – the death of one suspect and the capture of the second – concluded four days later in part because the FBI-led investigation analyzed mountains of cell phone tower call logs, text messages, social media data, photographs and video surveillance footage to quickly pinpoint the suspects..."
Thailand launches new portals for govt data and apps
- By Thanya Kunakornpaiboonsiri. FutureGov, 25 April 2013. "Electronic Government Agency (EGA), Thailand yesterday announced the registration of two new domains; data.go.th and apps.go.th, to be an open data and a cloud-based application centre websites for the government..."
Press release UK welcomes new countries to the Open Government Partnership
- Cabinet Office, Press Release, 25 April 2013. CAB 041-13. Policy: Improving the transparency and accountability of government and its services. Minister: The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP. Tim Berners-Lee and Francis Maude welcome 8 new countries to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) at a meeting in London. "Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, will join Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude as he welcomes new countries to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) at a meeting of the global initiative in London today.
The UK, current lead co-chair of the OGP, and the organisation's seven other founding countries, will listen to action plans from eight new participants for increasing transparency to fight corruption and encourage growth. The new countries are Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, Hungary, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, and Liberia..."
What To Do When Your Big Data Project Ends
- By Lindsey Nelson, Business 2 Community, April 24, 2013. "If you’ve been following this blog, you've understood a few things:
- Big data is a big deal and you now know what it is
- Big data can help you discover valuable business insights and help you make informed decisions
- It's challenging to get your project going, but once it's started you can get a lot out of it
But what happens when the big data project's over, your strategy is relatively set, and you’re focused on creating a new data driven culture?..."
Forget Big Data, Small Data is the Real Revolution
- Written by Rufus Pollock. Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, April 22, 2013. "There is a lot of talk about 'big data' at the moment. For example, this is Big Data Week, which will see events about big data in dozens of cities around the world. But the discussions around big data miss a much bigger and more important picture: the real opportunity is not big data, but small data. Not centralized 'big iron', but decentralized data wrangling. Not 'one ring to rule them all' but 'small pieces loosely joined'.
A Cornerstone for Open Data: The Postcode Address File
- by Nigel Shadbolt. Open Data Institute, Last updated Friday, 19th April 2013. "The release of non-personal public data on spending, transport, health, crime, weather and so on are all contributing to new innovation. The Open Data Institute’s purpose is to create further growth and wider economic value from this public data. Open data is creating social, environmental and economic value. And by fostering a new generation of data entrepreneurs and creating new businesses, the UK is turning international thought leadership into competitive advantage.
However there is a critical missing dataset in the UK. It is the Postcode Address File (PAF) – the definitive record of the official postal address and postcode for 28m UK addresses..."
First Open Data portal for Malta in the pipeline
- Times of Malta, Thursday, April 18, 2013. "... The Local Councils Association has taken the first steps towards this initiative [EU Directive Directive 2003/98/EC] and it is planning to launch Malta's first open data pilot portal with freely available information to citizens to use and re-use as according to their needs..."
Hackathon Aims to Improve the San Francisco Experience
- By Colin Wood. Government Technology, April 15, 2013. "On April 19 and 20, San Francisco will host a weekend hackathon dedicated to improving how residents and tourists experience The City by the Bay.
The event, called the DiscoverSF challenge, will begin the morning of April 19 and conclude the evening of April 20, and is sponsored by Esri and Airbnb, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation formed partnerships with local data partners and community partners that will assist local developers and entrepreneurs in developing ideas for the event..."
Windows or Doors? Experts, publics and open policymaking
- Calls for greater openness in scientific advice have become commonplace. But openness should go beyond transparency, towards new forms of public dialogue. Posted by
Jack Stilgoe. The Guardian, Thursday 18 April 2013. "Before I leave for the launch of the Future Directions for Scientific Advice collection (which is now available to download in full), here's an abridged version of the piece that Simon Burall and I have written.
The Government's Civil Service Reform Plan sets out an aspiration to 'Establish a clear model of open policy making'. A renewed appreciation of the limits of government in defining, framing and shaping policy is an invitation to a new model of open policy-making, but what this 'clear model' means in practice is an open question..."
Former minister in plea for open government
- by Peter Martin. Sydney Morning Herald, April 18, 2013. "Rudd backer Kim Carr – a casualty of Labor's leadership turmoil – will use a speech in Melbourne Thursday to attack 'bureaucratic blockers' in the public service and his own party's commitment to open government.
Until March the minister for human services responsible for Centrelink, Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, Senator Carr will say most governments start off believing in open government, but that ''the will tends to ossify''.
Senator Carr broke new ground by throwing open previously closed departmental records to researchers examining questions such as the link between prescription drugs and birth defects and the health impacts of low incomes..."
Fujitsu, DERI unveil open data search tool
- RTE News, 17 April 2013. "A new system developed in Co Galway could help make it easier to search data that is stored in a number of different places at once.
The new platform, which is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Fujitsu and NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute, offers to quickly sort publicly-available data even if it exists on different websites, in different formats..."