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Everything open government, transparency, accountability. I'm a Digital Communications Supervisor at the City of Calgary and these are articles of interest to my day-to-day work.
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SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government - Henry Herald

SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government
Henry Herald
Simply speaking, government cannot be of, by and for the people unless it is before the people. It should never be forgotten that government belongs to the governed, not the governing.
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Why you should care about open government

Why you should care about open government | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
James Madison once said, "A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. (RT @nfoic: Editorial from @SentandEnt on Why Youy Should Care about #OpenGov.
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Google Hangout Series: Youth & Open Government

Google Hangout Series: Youth & Open Government | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
How can #youth help governments be more open? Join us on Feb. 25 to find out: http://t.co/zhSfofbihm #opengovnow
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Rethinking Why People Participate

Rethinking Why People Participate | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Having a refined understanding of what leads people to participate is one of the main concerns of those working with citizen engagement. But particularly when it comes to participatory democracy, t...
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My Einstein Job: Open Data Playgrounds

RT @kentdaitken: Turn open data portals into civic playgrounds, says @richardpietro: http://t.co/iOhP60xEsI #opengov
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On Open Government, Education Data, and PDFs

On Open Government, Education Data, and PDFs | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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I also dislike PDF's. They clutter up your computer. Why should I have to download a file in order to read important information--that's like requiring me to record/PVR the 6 o'clock news every day instead of just watching the broadcast?

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After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and ... - GameSpot

After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and ... - GameSpot | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and ...
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After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and innovative" Internet.
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Linking Facebook to Twitter? Bad idea for brands

Linking Facebook to Twitter? Bad idea for brands | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
This seemingly brilliant shortcut might be damaging your online reputation and costing you customers. Here's why.
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Couldn't agree more. This is like writing the same ad for a billboard and a magazine. Makes you appear lazy and is just ineffective.

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New petition to fix the EU lobby register | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

New petition to fix the EU lobby register | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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Great initiative re: lobbyist registries...

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New South Wales government promises open data by default

New South Wales government promises open data by default | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Tim Berners-Lee's 5 Star Linked Open Data framework comes to Macquarie Street
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The rationale for the new policy is that the government believes “Open data principles can lead to more responsive and smarter government, and better service delivery.

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Chicago launches first comprehensive, public data dictionary - GovFresh

Chicago launches first comprehensive, public data dictionary - GovFresh | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Today the City of Chicago launched the City of Chicago Data Dictionary, a single, comprehensive database catalog for the City of Chicago and City of Chicago sister agencies.
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UK government picks first open standards in bid to dodge vendor lock-in - ZDNet

UK government picks first open standards in bid to dodge vendor lock-in - ZDNet | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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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.
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OpenGov Voices: 3 simple ways cities can improve access to online information - Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group (blog)

OpenGov Voices: 3 simple ways cities can improve access to online information - Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group (blog) | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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...
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"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."

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Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform - Wired

Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform - Wired | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform
Wired
The OpenGov Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by California Republican Rep.
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And this...blows my mind!!!

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UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence

UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The person who holds the position will coach students and advise professors on the deceptively complex task of editing articles for the user-generated encyclopedia.
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A Citizen's Guide to Open Government, E-Government, and ... - Source

A Citizen's Guide to Open Government, E-Government, and ... - Source | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Engaged citizens want clear, credible information from the government about how it's carrying on its business. They don't want to thumb through thousands of files or wait month after month or go through the rigors of filing ...
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The bar has been raised - it's no longer good enough to dump volumes of data, citizens are demanding that government make sense of the data and present it in a format that works for them. All of this leads to greater accountability (good news for everyone).

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Law Struggles to Adapt to High-Tech Gadgets

Law Struggles to Adapt to High-Tech Gadgets | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The technology world is reshaping how people live far faster than the legal world can adapt.
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Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution

Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
This social media tool is being embraced by governments far and wide. A new report offers guidance on what it can do and how to make it work.
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How to Use PDFs on Your Website

How to Use PDFs on Your Website | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
PDFs are a real problem for website builders.
The PDF format was first launched over 20 years ago, and it was designed to be a fixed-layout flat document.
When the PDF format was designed, there were about a dozen websites in the whole world.
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Stop PDFing. Just stop.

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Reform Government Surveillance

Reform Government Surveillance | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
It is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance. (An open letter to Obama..
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New look for Calgary’s open data catalogue | The City of Calgary Newsroom

New look for Calgary’s open data catalogue | The City of Calgary Newsroom | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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13 ways to unlock the potential of open government - The Guardian

13 ways to unlock the potential of open government - The Guardian | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
13 ways to unlock the potential of open government
The Guardian
@participatory.
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The Italian Public Administration strongly prefers free and open source software | opensource.com

The Italian Public Administration strongly prefers free and open source software | opensource.com | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Boots’ £1 billion pound tax dodge shows we need open data on who really owns companies | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Boots’ £1 billion pound tax dodge shows we need open data on who really owns companies | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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Another good reason to have open data.

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Companies disclosing more political spending

Companies disclosing more political spending | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Study: Companies are increasingly volunteering information about their politicking, but 'severe' gaps remain.
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