The Future of Open Data

  The Future is Here You are the future of open data. Last year I was the keynote speaker of the first open data day in Cary. Last year we had a third of the audience here today. Now Triangle Open Data Day does not need open data personalities. This event happened because city and county leaders came together with you. You represent the thinkers, the doers, the “why not?” hackers and storytellers that will take data unlocked by people like me. You get to decide the future of open data. You will get to create the products and collaborate with government in delivering value through open data. But more of this story will be presented later. I would like to introduce Gavin Starks, CEO of the Open Data Institute. Sir Tim Berners Lee is the President of the Open Data Institute and the World Wide Web Consortium as well as the first thought leader to imagine open linked data on the web back in 1989. Listen to Gavin talk about the “what’s next” in open data. How We Got Here: The Rise of Standar

Guest Blogger Francis Davies: Copying, sharing and remixing - what do you think?

  think? Francis Davies Francis Davies does, among many other things, consulting on legal matters for The Open Data Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation. Originally posted by Francis Davies on his blog: I am completing a part-time LLM (masters) in  computer and communications law  with Queen Mary University London. I would really appreciate your help in  completing a survey . It should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you want to know more about the survey, read on... I, like many lawyers, spend a lot of time thinking, talking and writing about intellectual property law and, in particular, copyright. But law is not the whole story. People do what they do for all sorts of reasons: what the law says is only one of them. People may also be driven by socially accepted rules of conduct known as  social norms . In simple terms: what they think is OK. Norms are complicated things. For example you m

Triangle Open Data Day is coming February 22nd

  Originally posted on Open Data is about the free flow of information.  It can be information as mundane as water usage or as transformative as government records. Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) focuses on three issues: Open Data Education Hacking for Civic Good Uniting the Triangle through Data  Track 1: Education Track 1 is a series of workshops on Saturday, February 22, 2014. It is geared toward the general public and anyone with an interest in the burgeoning Open Data movement in the Triangle. Topics may include: What is Open Data? Examples of Open Data What you can do with Open Data The Importance of Maps Privacy Issues Triangle Code for America Brigades Registration is open for  TODD Track 1 .  Track 2: Hackers Track 2 focuses on implementing projects – hacking for public good. Programmers, data analysts, web developers, public officials and students may all be interested in Track 2. Participants pitch ideas, form groups and try to complete at lea

Identifying and Aligning Jurisdictional Requirements and Best Practice International Standards for Open Data

  Ireland Starts the Open Data Journey with an RFT The national Open Data initiative for Ireland is part of the emerging innovation trend in open government data and apps. Government is essential to providing the critical services that keep communities safe, viable, and growing, ranging from public safety to education to health policy. Governments drive the core services that impact the day to day lives of most citizens. Trends in Open Data Initiatives: OGP and CSO influences Like Ireland, 61 member countries of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) use various CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) to consult on the long range vision and ultimate strategy toward an open data initiative. To a much lesser degree, the United States at the Federal level and local jurisdictions have been much less thorough in developing, maintaining and consulting with CSOs. Recently, the City of Raleigh has decided to let the Open Data Steering Committee, our local CSO, comment and make recommendations of the

Cease and Desist Order Issued Against German FOI Portal "Frag den Staat"

  German Ministry of the Interior has issued   Frag den Staat , (a German FOI portal run by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany) with a cease and desist order, for publishing a document on EU party quotas which they obtained under the FOI law. Below is the English translation from the Frag den Staat blog. Please republish and lend your support. Access to data is supported by the ODI, OKF, the OGP and many other world wide organizations. Cease and desist by the German government for publishing a document received under FOI law The German Federal Ministry of the Interior has sent a cease and desist order to the Freedom of Information (FOI) portal for publishing a document received under the German federal FOI law. The document – a five page study written by government staff – analyses a ruling by the German constitutional court in November 2011 which declared the 5% party quota for the European Parliament elections as unconstitutional. The study concludes that setting a

Make 2014 the year you get involved: Code for America in NC

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Ian Henshaw What is Code for America? Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century. Our programs change how we participate in government by: connecting citizens and governments to design better services, encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and, supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace. Code for America in NC In 2014, NC will have a large percentage of the Code for America activities in the US.NC Cities with a Code for America Fellowship Program Charlotte NC Cities with Code for America Brigades Asheville Cary Charlotte Durham Morrisville (forming) Raleigh What is a Code for America Fellowship? The Fellowship is Code for America’s best known program and consists of a one year residency placing developers, designers and researchers within local governments. Over the course of the program, fellows and government partners build apps, inspire new thinking am

The Citizen Experience of Transparency Portals

  CX, UX, Transparency, Open Data I suppose being a former anthropologist I have an overdeveloped interest in classification and precise descriptions. The citizen experience (CX), the user experience (UX), transparency and open data all have some overlap but are different things. These four concepts intersect in a particular kind of portal. Government transparency portals have been around for some time. Most government transparency portals suffer from many of the same issues: Organizationally driven rather than user driven design Compartmentalized data presented in an opaque, hard to decipher narrative Lack of adherence to modern design standards  Lack of design pattern development, one has to relearn how to use different transparency portals Lack of data normalization and provenance I will walk through these issues after first cleaning up some of the mess regarding definitions and concepts that intersect with government transparency portals. Open Government, Open Data Some transparenc