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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

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

WHAT IS METADATA AND WHY IS IT AS IMPORTANT AS THE DATA ITSELF?

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Metadata. You may have heard the term before, and may have asked yourself either “what is metadata” or “why is it as important as data?” This article will be an attempt to clear up those two subjects. As this can often be quite dense, let’s jump right in! Metadata can be explained in a few ways: Data that provide  information about other data . Metadata  summarizes basic information about data , making finding & working with particular instances of data easier. Metadata  can be created manually  to be more accurate, or automatically and contain more basic information. In short, metadata are important. I like to answer this “what is metadata” question as such: metadata are a shorthand representation of the data to which they refer. If we use analogies, we can think of metadata as references to data. Think about the last time you searched Google. That search started with the metadata you had in your mind about somet

WHY MIKE BRACKEN AND JASON HARE LEFT OPEN DATA...

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I didn't want to be vain and write a piece about why I decided to not pursue open data any further. I waited until someone else's reason matched mine. That someone was Mike Bracken! Mike Bracken, whom I respect greatly, summed it up nicely. "I just got tired." He is right. Only those who have done it, managed an IT department, been a police officer or worked in open data know what the pressure is like. My only addition to Mike's words below is that we only have power to open data as much as we have the nerve to push public sector to do so. This is a quote piece from Computer Weekly- the article is written by Bryan Glyck and can be read here: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500251662/Interview-Government-digital-chief-Mike-Bracken-why-I-quit Mike Bracken, the outgoing director of the Government Digital Service, talks exclusively to Computer Weekly about his departure from Whitehall Sometimes what is not said can be just

SOMETHING’S (JOHNNY) ROTTEN IN DENMARK

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Hitachi Insight Group is Repackaging Open Data Hitachi Insight Group’s  City Data Exchange pilot in Copenhagen  is the latest attempt at a model of monetization around Open Data. There are some hurdles, both practical and ethical, that this model will have to overcome. Repackaging public data for resell limits re-use, accessibility and may push ethical boundaries when public data is enriched with private data. I see ethical problems taking two tracks: Personally identifiable information is more likely when public data is enriched with private data and used in a less-than-transparent manner. This is also known as the “ Mosaic Effect ”. “Mosaic Effect”, small fact, is a term invented by the  intelligence community  in the US. No longer do we have transparent government, instead we have transparent citizens. For more information on this etymological footnote, read Victor V. Ramraj’s brilliant book  Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy .

THE 4TH AND LAST WHITE HOUSE OPEN DATA ROUNDTABLE: OPEN DATA FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE COLLABORATION

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As we saw in our recap of the   2nd White House Open Data Round Table , data quality is crucial to Open Data. But looking further than just this one massive subject, it is also crucial to the growth of   Public-Private collaboration  through data interoperability. The White House releases  Open Data  in the context of an asset. “Data as an asset” is encoded on the White House policy of “open by default” detailed in memorandum M13-13. To make possible the release of higher value Open Data to the public, the White House Office of Science and Technology (OST) in conjunction with the Center for Open Data Enterprise, convened four Roundtables. This last Roundtable was on Public-Private Collaboration. OPEN DATA AS AN ASSET The Center for Open Data Enterprise’s own page on the Roundtables states their objectives: Identify Open Data case studies, learned lessons, and best practices across the Federal Government; Strengthen a community of

FRANCE WILL SERVE AS LEAD CHAIR ON THE OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP STEERING COMMITTEE IN OCTOBER 2016

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This was first published on the  OpenDataSoft monthly newsletter . Wanna receive fresh news about data every month?   Sign-up here. Putting 'Access' Back into Open and Accessible France will serve as Lead Chair on the Open Government Partnership steering committee from October 2016. As such, France will host the OGP Summit on December 7, 8 and 9. The agenda for the Global Summit will be based on an open call for proposals. Proposals you can still vote for. Here's ours: Putting 'Access' Back into Open and Accessible Over 60% of datasets hosted on  data.gov  cannot necessarily be understood and effectively used by a wide range of users. This situation is reflective of a larger problem in Open Data: it is still limited to users with advanced technical skills. If only a small group with technical skills can understand data when they are publishe