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
Minister Clement Hosts Canadian Government's First "Google Hangout"
- Canada News Centre, March 1, 2013. "Toronto – The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today hosted the Government of Canada's first "Google Hangout," engaging in an hour-long live-stream discussion with high tech innovators and Open Data experts to discuss the Government of Canada's Open Data portal...
The Hangout discussion explored some of the 273,000 datasets currently available on the Government's Open Data portal, as well as plans to launch an updated, next-generation portal later this year..."
The national GovData portal now online
- ePractice.eu, 1 March 2013. Country Germany DomaineGovernment; Topic: eIdentity and eSecurity, Services for Businesses, Services for Citizens, Infrastructure, Legal Aspects, Policy, User-centric Services. "On 19 February 2013, the prototype of GovData - the national data portal - went online, providing citizens and businesses with easier access to and reuse of administrative data.
Nowadays, tablets and smartphones, based on open government data, offer numerous applications facilitating the everyday life. Regarding the GovData portal, data from the federal, state and local governments are used under standardised technical and legal conditions. Thus the portal constitutes an important contribution to the implementation of the government programme ‘Networked and transparent administration’ and the National eGovernment strategy..."
Big Data or big problems?
- By Ray Shaw. IT Wire, 27 February 2013. "It is silently collected, stealthily analysed – one visible result is advertising targeted at you. Big data is the buzz word of the day and iTWire readers may appreciate a little background. Simply put you are being relentlessly tracked and stalked whether you like it or not..."
Does your agency need big data? Maybe not
- By Frank Konkel. Federal Computer Week, March 6, 2013. "If you don't have the tools to turn big data into useful information, you need them, right? Maybe not. While big data tools have proven to be useful in applications such as weather forecasting and continuous monitoring of government financial transactions, smaller agencies would be wise to evaluate their missions before jumping on board the big data bandwagon, according to Bill Franks, chief analytics officer for Teradata's global alliance programs..."
The Open Data Economy: Unlocking Economic Value by Opening Government and Public Data
- by Dinand Tinholt. Capgemini Consulting, February 2013. "Governments and public authorities across the world are launching Open Data initiatives. Research indicates that by October 2011, twenty eight nations around the world had established Open Data portals. Public administration officials are now beginning to realize the value that opening up data can have. For instance, the direct impact of Open Data on the EU27 economy was estimated at €32 Billion in 2010, with an estimated annual growth rate of 7%.
However, very few governments are taking the right measures in realizing the economic benefits out of Open Data. Political support, breadth and refresh rate of data released, the ease in sourcing data and participation from user community determine the degree of maturity of an Open Data program. Capgemini Consulting conducted an analysis of 23 select countries across the world, which have already initiated Open Data programs, and rated them on a set of parameters..."
Governments looking for economic ROI must focus on open data with business value
- Harvey Lewis shares insights from Deloitte UK's research on the open data economy, by Alex Howard O'Reilly Radar, February 25, 2013. "There's increasing interest in the open data economy from the research wings of consulting firms. Capgemini Consulting just published a new report on the open data economy. McKinsey's Global Institute is following up its research on big data with an inquiry into open data and government innovation. Deloitte has been taking a long look at open data business models. Forrester says open data isn't (just) for governments anymore and says more research is coming. If Bain & Company doesn't update its work on 'data as an asset' this year to meet inbound interest in open data from the public sector, it may well find itself in the unusual position of lagging the market for intellectual expertise..."
Opinion: Big Data, big business, big government, bigger brother
- Where or how is the line drawn? by Mark Gibbs (Network World). CIO, 25 February, 2013. "In his 1990 book The New Realities," Peter Drucker noted: "Knowledge is information that changes something or somebody - either by becoming grounds for action, or by making an individual (or an institution) capable of different and more effective action." And that is what Big Data is delivering . . . new knowledge, new insights and new actions, all of which will give us new problems to deal with.
Already Big Data is making an impact in government, which, when you think of it, is kind of a "slam dunk" given bureaucracy and huge amounts of data always go hand in hand. So, it will come as no surprise that a recent study conducted by the TechAmerica Foundation and commissioned by SAP AG, discovered that "82% of public IT officials say the effective use of real-time Big Data is the way of the future." Moreover, "83% of Federal IT officials say Big Data can save 10% ($380 billion) or more from the federal budget, or about $1,200 per American."..."
Slow progress on Government's open data effort
- By John Hilvert. IT News, February 23, 2013. "Restrictive licensing of datasets undermines open data pledge.
Australia's Information Commissioner has described the Government's progress on open data as patchy and "transitional", some three years after the Federal Government's declaration of open government.
Launching a report into open data in Canberra on Friday, Information Commissioner John McMillan said many agencies were embracing an open access and pro-active disclosure culture. The report included responses from over 190 agencies..."
Is New York City The Best Place In the World For Open Data? We Find Out March 7
- By Miranda Neubauer. Tech President, Friday, February 22, 2013. "Last year, the New York City Council passed a bill touted as a groundbreaking step forward for open data that would make New York a leader among 21st-century cities. On March 7, city officials will have their first chance to show whether they're up to the challenge.
The legislation requires city agencies to consolidate, by March 7, the data they release online in a single web portal. By September, the city must submit a compliance plan setting a timeline for when agencies can make additional data sets available..."
Minister Clement Speed Dates for International Open Data Day
- Canada News Centre, February 23, 2013. "Vancouver – The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today celebrated International Open Data Day by participating in a Speed Dating session with Vancouver Open Data developers and city officials.
International Open Data Day is a Canadian-inspired event created by Vancouver-based Open Data speaker and public policy entrepreneur, David Eaves. The event, which this year was celebrated in 88 cities around the world, brings together Open Data enthusiasts to brainstorm about how to turn raw, government data into user-friendly applications..."
Get your data out already!
- The Crunch. Sydney Morning Herald, February 22, 2013. "It takes a particular skill to write a thing as inflammatory as today's report by the Office of the Information Commissioner in such a way that nobody feels overly put out by it.
The document is a feat of diplomacy. After all, you don't get too angry at people you are asking for help. Nevertheless, the clear message behind the words from the open data/open government community to the heads of the public service and their political leaders is this: Pull your finger out..."
Big Data, Big Possibilities, Big Challenges - in pdf format (1500kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). TechAmerica Foundation, 2013. "The government can use Big Data to save money, improve service quality and ultimately improve citizens’ lives, particularly in health and public safety. Practical barriers to government adoption of Big Data solutions must be overcome to realize these benefits..."
Big Data and the Public Sector - in pdf format (922kb)
- A Survey of IT Decision Makers in Federal and State Public Sector Organizations. A TechAmerica Foundation study, sponsored by SAP and conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland, 2013. (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Key Facts and Headline-Worthy Figures
- Big Data is Here to Stay: 82% Say Real-Time Big Data is the Way of the Future
- Real-Time Big Data Could Save Government 10% or More Annually
- Real-Time Big Data Could Save Significant Number ofLives
- Big Data is Helping Improve the Quality of Citizens’Lives
- State IT Officials Agree Big Data Can Improve Social and WelfareServices
- Big Data Advances in Medicine, Public Safety Seen as Most Important
- Privacy and Policy Concerns Remain a Barrier to Utilizing Big Data
- Public Sector IT Officials Frustrated With Multiple Data Formats, Leadership Changes
- Many Public Sector IT Officials Say Database queries Take Too Much Time
- Nearly All Government IT Officials Would Opt For Real Time Access to Data Over Backward Looking Queries..."
'Big Data' Can Save Money and Lives Say Government IT Officials
- Survey Reveals Great Potential for Big Data in Government But There Are Barriers to Adoption. Tech America Foundation, Press Release, 20 February 2013. "Washington, D.C. — 'Big Data' and other analytical tools have great potential to make governments more efficient and improve citizens' lives, particularly in health and public safety sectors. A new study released by the TechAmerica Foundation and commissioned by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), revealed that 87 percent of federal IT officials and 75 percent of state IT officials say Big Data can have real and immediate impacts on how governments operate.
The survey of nearly 200 public IT officials, conducted by renowned pollsters, Penn Schoen and Berland, found that 83 percent of federal IT officials say Big Data solutions can help government cut the federal budget by at least 10 percent, or $380 billion. Those surveyed also believe that Big Data can save lives, for example by improving medical treatments..."
Open Data Success Requires Streamlining and Standardization
- By Jessica Renee Napier. Government Technology, February 20, 2013. "On President Obama's first day in office, he signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government -- a movement that already has transformed the way government and citizens communicate with one another.
Shared government data sets present unlimited opportunity, said Yo Yoshida, CEO of the mobile commerce company Appallicious. But to really break open the potential of open data, streamlining and standardizing the data is key.
'We haven't begun to see the boundaries,”' he said. 'The public has very limited resources or access to government. Bringing that to the fingertips of people who are using this daily is creating a conversation and communication lines that weren't there before.'
Opening Up Government Data
Making the data that government collects useful to citizens is more complex than one might initially think — it's not as simple as handing an Excel document to an application developer..."