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WHITE HOUSE OPEN DATA INNOVATION SUMMIT - WHAT I SAID, WHAT I MEANT TO SAY

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+OpenDataSoft participated in the celebration that was 8 years in the making at the White House. Yesterday, for the first time, the White House held the 2016 Open Data Innovation Summit. I work for OpenDataSoft as the Open Data Evangelist. I was asked to introduce the White House Agenda and then to speak on Civic Innovation regarding Open Data. What I said and what I wanted to say were different. The event was full of excitement and also of reflection Megan Smith and Tony Scott kicked off the event touting the 200k datasets that had been released through Data.Gov. Certainly this is refreshing from even a decade ago when serious effort and even lawsuits were required to make data available to the public. That all was not good and could be better was brought up by +Alex Howard from the Sunlight Foundation. Alex noted that HTML and PDFs were counted among the "datasets" being released. Note that while HTML and PDFs are indeed 1 star out of…

ALL THINGS OPEN TO FEATURE WORLD CLASS OPEN DATA PANEL

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OPEN DATA PANEL TO BE FEATURED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 Open Data will be a featured panel discussion at the All Things Open conference this year. With a new administration set to transition into place in January and multiple new initiatives starting at both the state and federal levels, the topic has never been more important. The session, which will take place Wednesday, October 26 at 1:30 pm ET, will feature some of the foremost experts in the world. The panel will be moderated by OpenDataSoft's Open Data Evangelist, Jason Hare. Topics to be discussed will include: The New Open Data Transition Report Future opportunities for Open Data at the local and federal levels with the DATA Act How the Open Data landscape is evolving, particularly through Demand Driven Open Data (DDOD) Future opportunities in open data at the Federal and local levels How the panel’s insights can help local governments create …

OPEN DATA NEEDS PRIVATE SECTOR TO BE USEFUL

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The Yu and Robinson article "The New Ambiguity of 'Open Government'" was something I read a few years ago. I disagree that the edge of open government is going away. Yes there are data sets being published that have nothing to do with accountability. Yes there are open data initiatives that stand up a few data sets and call it "open". This does not mean that all or most open data professionals do this. This whole line of "government versus the people" is one of the reasons Public Sector Agencies (PSA's) have trouble getting open data initiatives launched in the first place. The main issue is the disconnect between PSAs and the private sector. There is little, if any, discussion on the value-add of releasing these data. This is not purely a government issue. Private sector, with a few shining exceptions (BuildingEye for example) have shied away from using or even trying to use these data…

OVERCOMING YOUR OPEN DATA PAIN POINTS

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Register Now! WEBINAR - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 2016 1:00 P.M. NEW YORK CITY As an Open Data administrator, project manager, or reuser, you may face three main problems that could be preventing the success of your program: Platform ease-of-use for publishers and reusers Flexibility and control of the platform Limited technical capacities of the platform Join us as we demonstrate to you how you can use the OpenDataSoft solution to take your Open Data program to the next level. We will run a demo of the product to show you how you can put data online quickly and how you can use OpenDataSoft Open Source widgets and pages to build the reuses that your community wants.  Featuring: Franck Carassus Chief Operating Officer, OpenDataSoft Ian Henshaw Business Development Manager - North America, OpenDataSoft Jason Hare Open Data Evangelist, OpenDataSoft Register Now!Original article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/overcoming-your-open-data-p…