Calgary’s latest release of its open data catalogue is now available at data.calgary.ca. The catalogue includes raw data which is intended to be used, reused and redistributed by anyone under the terms of an open data license.
Bruce Cullen, Director, Infrastructure & Information Services, says “We encourage citizens to get involved in the open data process and share their creations with The City, whether it’s an app or piece of research using open data.” The website includes a discussion board for sharing ideas and exploring open data.
Decisions about the adoption of one or the other contractual setting belongs to the user, hence, to the Italian Public Administration—which now has a strong preference for the free and open source software way.
"As such, when a public administration makes, designs, develops, and distributes software, the value of the software is not of a commercial nature. The value lies in its use, namely in the ability to make the administrative apparatus and the fulfillment of its own mission more efficient. In other words, for that public administration and the Italian PA as a whole, software is not a product. Rather, it is a service."
President Obama launched the first U.S. Open Government National Action Plan in September 2011, as part of the Nation’s commitment to the global Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight...
Cities across the country are getting savvier about their use of data, opening their troves to helpful hackers who are creating tools that track everything from locations for free flu shots to real-time subway delays to information on a contentious...
In brief...Open standards 'would save public sector €1 billion a year', says European Commission; More than half local councils blacklist consumer file storage tools; Government must overcome 'fear of cloud' to realise savings, says ANS...
An elite team of digital experts has sparked a radical shakeup in the way the government does its business (See the UK government using #agile methods and #leanux to deliver services, open sourcing their code as they go:
A digital approach requires adapting to constant change, a focus on quickly commissioning digital solutions and then improving them on the fly.
V3.co.uk UK government picks first open standards in bid to dodge vendor lock-in ZDNet The two standards endorsed by the government's recently established Open Standards Board are HTTP/1.1 URL and Unicode UTF-8.
OpenGov Voices: 3 simple ways cities can improve access to online information Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group (blog) Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the guest blogger and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the...
"We often see cities and towns creating a single, very large web page that contains an entire year of meeting minutes. This may be convenient for the person posting the meeting minutes online but presents a number of challenges for the citizen who is trying to find a specific meeting agenda or the minutes from that meeting."
What's ahead for open source in government opensource.com It's a relatively quiet time for most governments around the world right now. Typically, during this time there are few new initiatives, policies, or announcements related to open source.
"The more potent driver toward open source software utilization, I’ve come to realize in recent years, is the fundamental shift in IT architecture, away from coupled hardware, software, and data to more modularity, reuse, and a central focus on interoperability—all of which is enhanced by tighter government IT budgets and the goal of avoiding vendor lock-in.
More recently, open source use has grown with the rise of high profile ‘digital agendas’. As a means of enhancing civic engagement, governments are using community-powered innovation to build open data and digital services platforms that are almost entirely built on open software and applications. We may truly be on the verge of the ‘citizen CIO’."
The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today launched online consultations inviting Canadians to share their views on the Government of Canada's progress to meet the first-year commitments in its Open Government Action Plan.