Ireland Open Data: Issues and Challenges

  Ireland by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Are clouds lifting from Ireland's reluctance to participate in releasing open data to the public? Given the glowing report by the OGP one would think that open data is about to become mainstream within the Irish National Government. In a June 17th OGP blog posting +Denis Parfenov expresses optimism on the following announcement: On May 20, 2013, the Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, announced that Ireland has sent its Letter of Intent to join the Open Government Partnership. "I look forward to working with citizens, civil society interests and business on the development of Ireland’s first National Action Plan of commitment required for full OGP participation”, Mr Howlin said. “I hope that civil society and citizens at large will use the OGP as an opportunity not only to encourage greater transparency and to open the doors of government to greater

Open Data Strategies for Americans

Something I could not say 9 months ago is how to take an open data resolution and turn it into a strategy. Since that time until late last week I have been thinking about two basic approaches for open data: Data as infrastructure Open Government Data as a platform for innovation and economic impact Data toward transparency and accountability Open Government Data made available to the public as machine readable requests for information I am about to make some broad generalizations so feel free to violently disagree with me. I am reporting what I have read, seen and experienced after nearly a year in the trenches watching the open data world mature and unfold. The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), based in Berlin and London, is concerned with open machine readable data. In fact the City of Raleigh has based their open data resolution on the list OKFN open data principles and the Open Data Handbook. Open Raleigh, however, does not use transparency as the primary driver for its open data

How far we have come with Open Raleigh

  Site analytics for Open Raleigh from launch date to today. Note the exponential rise in page views over time. Access Open Raleigh at This summer we start on the implementation of the post-beta version of Open Raleigh. We now have a steering committee and buy-in on our road-map is underway. Culturally the city is ready for open data. I wanted to look back on the previous 9 months and see how far we have come in delivering on the City Council's resolution from February 2012. This is an exciting time and we are just getting started. Looking back, I am impressed with the leadership that governs our municipality and the quality of the people that work in my department. I have made friends inside the city government as well as friends with my trusted citizen advisers and activists. None of this would have been possible without the friendship and guidance of the dozens of people I have met along the way. That first day, September 17th 2012, I looked at a clea

Saving Open Data in the Town of Cary

  The Town of Cary needs your help 0$ are in the Cary 2014 budget for Technology. This means no money to continue the Open Data efforts in Cary (or to fix the Town website usability issues, develop mobile apps, roll out customer engagement platforms, etc.). The budget will be approved on June 27. The Background Town Council will respond to requests from the citizens. The former Technology Task Force members are the only ones contacting our council and this is not enough to sway their priorities. Please take a minute to compose an e-mail to the council about what areas of Technology you feel the Town should be investing in this coming year. mailto: The Town of Cary convened a 9 member commission to look at how the Town is and should be using Technology to interface with its citizens. In Fall 2012, the Technology Task Force (TTF) took a deep dive into many areas and came up with 71 recommendations for the Town We met for over 160 hours and developed a report that n

Morrisville Town Councilman Steve Rao To Lead Smarter Cities And Open Data Discussion On May 28

  Morrisville Open Data Discussion On May 28 by  Ian Henshaw Press Release Published on 5/23/2013 Councilman Rao To Discuss Support Of Initiatives And Their Goals At Town Hall MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Steve Rao, ( ), an at-large member of the Morrisville Town Council, has announced that he will lead a discussion on the Smarter Cities and Open Data Initiatives on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Morrisville Town Hall, located at 100 Town Hall Drive. Rao intends for Morrisville to join a growing list of Wake County cities, most notably Cary and Raleigh, in supporting the White House’s Open Data Initiatives project. Open Data Initiatives work to accelerate and expand efforts to make government information resources more publicly accessible in “computer-readable” form and spurring the use of those data by entrepreneurs as fuel for the creation of new products, services and jobs. Innovative tools including the Weather Channel and GPS systems have all resulted from

The Effect of the White House Open Data Policy Release on GitHub

  What is the White House Open Data Policy?  Recently there has been a lot of buzz around the release of the White House’s new  Open Data Policy released in  Memorandum M-13-13 . For those of you that may not have read the memorandum in its entirety it directs federal agencies to make all data open and machine readable by default. Obviously there are caveats to that. Agencies can redact data that does not meet disclosure standards regarding security and privacy. The excitement centers around the language of “open by default”. The Real Impact of “Open by Default” What impact does this have on open data initiatives at the municipal level and more directly, how does this affect Open Raleigh? Some immediate impacts are listed below: M-13-13 creates a new standard for governments to emulate. “Open by default” is a completely different paradigm in regards to an enterprise data strategy. All enterprise applications at the White House level will now have to make machine readable open data as p

Open Raleigh and Open Data: Definitions

  Above is a heat map of geospatial data from the City of Raleigh's Open Data Portal This is a reuse of a great post on by  +Jason Hibbets . See the Creative Commons attribute at the end of this post. Open Raleigh One of the keys to a successful open data portal is to make it useful for the end user. Citizens and developers should be able to understand data sets without needing a PhD. Many folks have followed the progress of Raleigh, North Carolina's open data initiative, which  launched  a beta of their  portal in March 2013. One of the most important parts of Raleigh's open data initiative is that it's not just about the data. The city staff working on the data policy and the open data portal have a full and complete understanding that presenting raw data sets only gets you halfway to your open data mission. Without visualization tools or a way for the average person to understand what the data means, the job is only half