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SORRY FOR BLOWING UP YOUR WEBSITE!

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The other day, I flooded a customer website licensed for 75 datasets with 318 additional in five minutes while using the OpenDataSoft ArcGIS Harvester. Yup. I did that. I felt not so much like “Darth Vader” as much as I did “Dark Helmet” (Rick Moranis in Spaceballs, see below if this reference goes over your head). I was using OpenDataSoft’s ArcGIS Harvester. It’s still in private beta, but will likely be available by the end of December (consider it a Christmas gift to you!) for data publishing. Luckily, the Harvester also came with a delete button so the customer was not affected. I took the usual ribbing from my co-workers. David Thoumas added that we do not need “too many datasets”.I was awed with the power of the Harvester. I had seen it work a year ago and take most of an afternoon to mine data. I innocently put the root of the GIS server into the Harvester, and suddenly it was pulling in data…

DATA QUALITY – THE 2ND WHITE HOUSE OPEN DATA ROUNDTABLE

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I was invited to attend theRound Table on Data Quality inOpen Data held at the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 27th, 2016. The round table was the second in a series of four meetings around the open data initiative sponsored by the White HouseOffice of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and theCenter for Open Data Enterprise. This round table was intended to bring together experts to advise the White House Office of Science and Technology on how best to address data quality. DATA QUALITY IS AN ISSUE THAT THREATENS THE VIABILITY OF OPEN DATA Project Open Data is designed to make data held by government agencies more accessible to the public as a way to promote transparency in government operations and to promote business through the incorporation of open data into commercial products. The April 27th round table focused on the issue of data quality in open data. DATA QUALITY IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM In September 2014, Martin Doyle wrote an artic…

OPEN DATA INSTITUTE: ALL US NODES CLOSE

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Are we convening a community? The US Nodes have voiced their opinion. Second annual report celebrates hitting reach, influence and impact targets The ODI has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $4.1m from Omidyar Network, aimed at creating value from open data across the world. Most of the nodes in the US decided to close because the new unfranchise model from the ODI was not financially viable. Some nodes felt that the ODI was competing with their own nodes in regards to opportunities for working on open data tenders. The former US ODI nodes have decided to convene a congress and create a network of nodes in the US that champion the "convening of a community" around open data. A US Open Data Congress could define how to choose a platform provider, how to choose and evaluate business services around the open data programs and provide guidance beyond transparency. We leave that to the Sunlight Foundatio…

US OPEN DATA LEGISLATION: THE RIGHT WAY TO OPEN DATA AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL

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The US Congress is working on Open Data legislation to protect currentOpen Data policy. While this all sounds good, it is also important to lay out a clear picture of what has been done so far to detect the right Open Data legislation opportunities. THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT Congress is stepping up to protect Open Data! When I read this I was struck by two feelings: Elation, and Surprise. The Center for Data Innovation published the who and what of this legislation on April 16, 2016. Quoting from the article: Sponsored by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX) in the House and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the Senate, the bill would make changes to the U.S. Code to institutionalize open data best practices, such as publishing government data, by default, using open and machine readable formats and with an open license that imposes no restrictions on reuse. “Open by default” has been a mainstay of …