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THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DURHAM BEGIN OPEN DATA PARTNERSHIP

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This article is a reprint of a Durham Press Release. A wealth of public data exists, but accessing it can sometimes be time consuming. Now, thanks to a new local government partnership, “open data” in Durham is just months away from becoming a reality. The City of Durham and Durham County Government are embarking on an open data partnership that will lay the groundwork for businesses, non-profits, journalists, universities, and residents to access and use the wealth of public data available between the two government organizations, while becoming even more transparent to the residents of Durham. A relatively new concept according to technology industry analyst Gartner, Inc., “open data” refers to the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other forms of control. “This is a unique collaborative effort that demonstrates a regional commitment,” said Dur…

THE END OF HIV/AIDS

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Temple University has discovered a way to eliminate the virus from cells
Anti LGBT Protest in San Francisco. Creative Commons License attribution to:  Jenny Mealing The elimination of HIV/AIDS will transform society. It would be a historic moment in medicine and give us a chance to examine ourselves and the history of tolerance toward the disease and those at high risk for contracting HIV. I am part of GenX and graduated from high school in 1985 and from college in 1994. I have lived my entire adult life under the threat of infection from HIV. In the early 1990s I lost several friends to the disease. I had one very harrowing experience in 1990 being tested for HIV and being certain that I was infected. It turns out I was not infected. HIV/AIDS has had such an impact on our culture and how we interact with others. As much as my daughter cannot know what it was like to live before …

OPEN DATA PORTALS SHOULD BE API [FIRST]

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As you can see from the figure, September and November are not far below October. Some readers may wonder why there is a surge in API calls starting in May of 2014. May through October was spent building open source service architectures on Red Hat JBOSS Switch Yard that could mine and automatically append data sets within the Open Raleigh Portal. Open Raleigh uses a responsive web design that is friendly to most handheld devices but the API needs a little help to push data into the portal. The portal itself releases every data set as an API endpoint. This API is a READ only API. Writing some code we can have the Socrata portal allow us to append data sets. Socrata is not alone in the Web/Mobile [First] category. ESRI, CKAN and to some extent, Junar are architected on the same principals. This is not a direct criticism or endorsement of any particular platform. …

ODI DATA CERTIFICATES ARE A BIG DEAL

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This morning something happened that will gradually impact the way we interact with data. This morning OpenDataSoft (ODS) embedded the Open Data Institute's Data Set Certificates into each and every data set page. Will other open data platforms follow? Maybe. Embedding certificates is something I have been advocating since the idea was just an idea at the Open Data Institute (ODI). No one until ODS ever took me up on my offer. These data certificates show a willingness on the part of the data steward to consider the following: The impact on individual privacy API and format documentation to ensure a greater chance of data re-use Metadata on where the data originates and how often it is refreshed RDF description tags and identifiers that allow for SPARQL queries Contact information for everything from privacy concerns,…

SOMETIMES THE OPEN DATA PLATFORM DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In May of this year, Asian and European countries met for the regional Open Government Partnership summits to once again discuss transparency and open government. In light of the session tracks that were presented I am evaluating some of the technologies of the past and how there has been a welcome and fundamental shift from Open Government and Open Data being ambiguously linked toward the separation of the two in more current thinking and in technology approaches. Most notably, the deprecation of Microsoft's Open Government Data Initiative platform is a positive sign of the times that the government community is becoming aware of the danger of open government and open data linking. Harlan Yu and David G. Robinson discussed the OGP in "The New Ambiguity of Open Government" (Princeton CITP/Yale ISP Working Paper).
"The Open Government Declaration is broad approach toward 'openness,' as signatories commit to 'seeking ways to m…

ISSUES WITH THE OPEN DATA STRATEGY IN IRELAND

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In response to "The Potential of Open Data" published by Deirdre Lee, at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway (www.insight-centre.org), I offer my opinion on the health of the government's open data efforts to date. Ireland needs to take a page from Sir Francis Maude and not the US. The US open data initiative is an embarrassment. Embrace "Data is the 21st century’s new raw material."
The Beginning of Open Data in Ireland

To be fair, Ireland is just beginning the road to open data after an internal struggle stretching back five years. The Irish Minister of Reform, Brendan Howlin, has also wisely eliminated FOI fees for information requests. This FOI issue has long been a point of political divisiveness in Ireland. Indeed at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Dublin this past year, I witnessed street demonstrations against FOI.

Government creates an Open Data Initiative

In late January, a tender was issued by the CIO of Ireland, Wil…

OPEN RALEIGH AND SUSTAINABLE MARKETS

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The City of Raleigh’s Open Data Program is working with other municipalities on a pilot to make a sustainable marketplace for applications using open government data. The sustainable marketplace is based on the concept of a two-sided marketplace.

Benefits

The two-sided markets, also called two-sided networks, are economic platforms having two distinct user groups that provide each other with network benefits. The organization that creates value primarily by enabling direct interactions between two (or more) distinct types of affiliated consumers. In this case governments will benefit by being able to join a network of other governments in releasing data sets to the public. Developers will benefit by having a homogenous market space and a larger consumer base in which to create applications. Citizens benefit from being able to easily consume data.

The overall goal of this proposed project is to create a smart Platform for Open Innovation and Sustainable Entre…

THE FUTURE OF DATA TRANSPARENCY: OPEN DATA PIONEERS WILL GATHER IN BOSTON FOR INNOVATION ENTERPRISE’S OPEN DATA INNOVATION SUMMIT: JUNE 11 & 12

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The Open Data Innovation Summit will unite thought leaders and open data activists that are utilizing freely available data. The summit is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston on June 11 & 12 and will combine keynote presentations with interactive workshops and countless networking opportunities. Last week, President Barack Obama enacted the nation's first Open Data law that will require federal agencies to publish their spending data in an accessible format. The Open Data movement truly begins now. The Open Data Innovation Summit arrives in Boston on June 11 & 12 and will explore new opportunities resulting from the large amounts of open data available now and also data that has the potential to become freely available. Combining three general themes, the summit will see keynote presentations with interactive sessions to maximize participation between attendees. The summit will explore ‘Open Dat…

CITIZEN EXPERIENCE CENTRAL TO RALEIGH OPEN DATA

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Located in the world-renowned Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, North Carolina enjoys proximity to some of the world’s best technology resources, including leading research institutions, innovative companies, and a tech-savvy populus. It is these citizens that the city leaders look to for collaboration and that inspire them to make Raleigh’s open data initiative one of the most innovative in the world.Citizens and City Collaborate Throughout Raleigh’s history, locals with a passion for technology have reached out to the City with ideas on how to improve the quality of life in the town. By 2011, a particular group of activists was especially interested in getting the city to embrace an open government strategy. In fact, many of them joined together to form a local Code for America (CfA) brigade, called Code for Raleigh, promoting the use of public data to address local issues. City Council member Bonner Gaylord worked closely …

OPEN DATA: BUILD ECOSYSTEMS NOT ISLANDS

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Open Source Way is celebrating Open Government Week with a series of articlesincluding this one. Open Government Week is always a time for reflection on what has changed in the previous 12 months, and this year is no exception. Open Raleigh is nearing it’s second year as a program. Open Raleigh shares this milestone with the Open Data Institute (ODI) which is also nearing a second birthday. The Open Data Institute has had significant influence over the development of the Open Raleigh program and over open data as a movement. The ODI was one of the first institutions to suggest an open data strategy and philosophy that stresses inclusiveness and collaboration. This collaborative, regional approach has since become a hallmark of Open Raleigh and more and more what has become the norm for open data movements across the United States. Open Raleigh has made its project management, white papers, policies, and source code open. By making the Open Raleigh program an ope…