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Open Source Legislation: How can the internet transform government?

Open Source Legislation: How can the internet transform government? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

NESCO Chair Tim Unwin discusses the need for effective National ICT policies in promoting ICT for Development initiatives in his book ICT4D(2009). One reason is that, “there needs to be a forum in which civil society organisations can actively engage with governments at the national scale in determining the roll-out of ICT programmes.” (Unwin 150).

We tend to agree the expansion of ICT services can increase the quality of life for citizens, how can ICT policy and advancements increase the quality of government? How can governments benefit from creating channels of communication among citizens and to the law-making bodies?

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NASA Open Government Team Broadens Focus to Innovation

NASA Open Government Team Broadens Focus to Innovation | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In true startup fashion, NASA’s open government team has mastered the art of the government “pivot.”

Popularized by “The Lean Startup“ author Eric Ries, the concept of the pivot centers around an organization’s ability to adapt its focus based on the realization of new market potential or service need.

At the beginning of fiscal year 2013, NASA’s open government group did just that, formally adopting new nomenclature to emphasize innovation, and now serves under the banner of “open innovation.”

But to NASA Open Innovation Program Manager Nick Skytland and his team, this isn’t about semantics. It’s about better serving the agency in an era of crowd-generated ideas and contributions.

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PHL API: Open Data APIs from the City of Philadelphia

PHL API: Open Data APIs from the City of Philadelphia | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This API exposes data on Part I crime incidents for the City of Philadelphia from January 1, 2006. Part I crime includes, Homicides, Rapes, Robberies, Aggravated Assaults, Thefts. The data returned is generalized by the crime type and the block location.

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Asset Declarations for Public Officials | OECD Free Preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution | www.keepeek.com

Asset Declarations for Public Officials | OECD Free Preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution | www.keepeek.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
This study provides a systematic analysis of the existing practice in the area of asset declarations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and in some O
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Applying linked open data to public procurement

Applying linked open data to public procurement | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Public procurement is quite a specific domain. It is the domain in which public sector and business interfaces, forming business deals that trade public funding for goods and services. It is a huge intersection that, as of 2010, makes up for 17,3 % of the gross domestic product of the European Union (source [PDF]). For example, it amounts almost to 20 billion EUR in the Czech Republic. If I was to use a technical term, then “profiling the EU” might show public procurement as its hot-spot. Therefore, I think that applying linked open data to public procurement in the EU is optimizing where it matters.

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Cheers to Dryathlon: how technology mobilises mass participation

Cheers to Dryathlon: how technology mobilises mass participation | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Are you one of the 10,000 people who have joined Cancer Research UK's Dryathlon? Tapping into the New Year's inevitable drive for self-improvement, Cancer Research UK has created a nifty campaign that encourages people to stay off alcohol in January and donate the money that they would otherwise have spent at the bar to a good cause.

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Open Data: Key to the Future (eGovernment Resource Centre)

Open Data: Key to the Future (eGovernment Resource Centre) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Report to the New York State Governor and the State Legislature, December 2012

 

Not long ago, the term "E-Government" meant "electronic" government and referred tothe use of new technologies to increase government transparency. It encompassed primarily theadoption of e-mail and other electronic means to facilitate government's response to publicinquiries. Today the term has a new, far broader meaning. "E-Government" now represents the proactive use of technologies to make the vast amounts of valuable government-held informationmore widely available, and to facilitate its ready use by policy makers and the public alike.Understood in this sense, E-Government transforms the foundations of open government:transparency, participation and collaboration.

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Redefining egovernment

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8 Open Data Business Models from Deloitte UK - semanticweb.com

8 Open Data Business Models from Deloitte UK - semanticweb.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar recently sharedeight business models created by Deloitte UK to promote open data and insight. Howard writes, “When I asked whether the push to free up government data was resulting in economic activity and startup creation, I started to receive emails from people around the United States and Europe. I’ll be publishing more of what I learned in our ongoing series of open data interviews and profiles over the next month, but two responses are worth sharing now. The first response concerned Deloitte’s ongoing research into open data in the United Kingdom, conducted in collaboration with the Open Data Institute.”

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ERSU ABLAK - Open borders and open data are the way to the future

ERSU ABLAK - Open borders and open data are the way to the future | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This week I spotted two trends in two different countries that will have great impact on our lives. 

The first one is about American immigration law. For a few years I have been observing an increase in the number of returnees to Turkey among Turkish people who immigrated to the U.S. An article by Michael Moritz, Chairman of Sequia Capital at LinkedIn, entitled “Immigration Reform: Stop Ejecting the Brightest Minds from America” proved to me that my observations were shared. 

He writes, “Let’s hope Congress does not flinch as it begins the debate about immigration reform because the future is passing through security – in the wrong direction. It leaves the United States on every departing airplane carrying a foreign born student who has graduated from an American university with an advanced degree in the sciences, technology, engineering and math. The majority of these people want to stay in the United States but because of existing immigration laws, they have no choice but to leave.” Moritz says that it is impossible to satisfy Silicon Valley’s appetite for engineers and scientists with people born in America. In the massive global IQ competition, the United States is shooting itself in the foot.

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Linked Universities :: Home

Linked Universities is an alliance of european universities engaged into exposing their public data as linked data. Linked data is a set of principles to put raw data on the Web, making them Web addressable and linkable, so that they can be easily accessed, discovered, connected and reused. The idea is that data from different institutions and organisations can contribute to a common data space on the Web: the Web of Data.

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Japan Gears Up for the Open Data Revolution · Global Voices

Japan Gears Up for the Open Data Revolution · Global Voices | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Following the death of Aaron Swartz, an open data activist, the issues around open access and data ownership have been reignited around the world. But for Japan, the seeds of open data just started being planted in the beginning of 2013.

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How Can We Make Open Data Meaningful to Citizens? | Development Gateway

How Can We Make Open Data Meaningful to Citizens? | Development Gateway | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Among other things, EWB Canada is well-known here in DC for having published a failure report every year since 2008. The EWB Canada conference is the largest annual international development conference in Canada, and attracts prominent speakers from all over the world.

By far the highlight of the conference was the full day Policy Forum, already blogged about here by Linda Raftree. The forum brought together participants from Canadian government, African governments, and non-governmental organizations to talk about open data and open government.

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Статистика помогла вычислить ученых, получавших "двойные" гранты

Статистика помогла вычислить ученых, получавших "двойные" гранты | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Нечестные ученые в Соединенных Штатах могли получить в общей сложности около 70 миллионов долларов в виде так называемых "двойных" грантов, подавая несколько отличающиеся заявки на одни и те же исследования в разные государственные фонды, выяснили математики, изучившие статистику по выдаче грантов в США.


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7 minutes to understand Open Government [video]

7 minutes to understand Open Government [video] | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This video about Open Government created by the Public Innovation Network (@XarxaIP) has been presented this week at the premises of the Escola d’Administració Pública (Public Administration School) in Barcelona. The event, attended by more than 150 people, has been presented by Mireia Plana (@MireiaPlana), member of the #XIP, and Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí (@antonigr), well-known consultant in communication and political topics, that has explained the concept of open government. Finally, Marc Torres (@marc_torres_), member of #XIP, has shown the video that we are now presenting and has detailed its elaboration process.

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Why Ushahidi Should Embrace Open Data

Why Ushahidi Should Embrace Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This is the report that Ushahidi did not want you to see.” Or so the rumors in certain circles would have it. Some go as far as suggesting that Ushahidi tried to burry or delay the publication. On the other hand, some rumors claim that the report was a conspiracy to malign and discredit Ushahidi. Either way, what is clear is this: Ushahidi is an NGO that prides itself in promoting transparency &accountability; an organization prepared to take risks—and yes fail—in the pursuit of this  mission.

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Reshaping Scholarly Communication: Open Access Fund for UC faculty

Reshaping Scholarly Communications is a web portal for stakeholders working to reshape scholarly communication, including libraries, University faculty and administration, and publishers.

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Tim Berners-Lee Discusses Dynamic Capabilities of HTML5, Open Web Access - semanticweb.com

Tim Berners-Lee Discusses Dynamic Capabilities of HTML5, Open Web Access - semanticweb.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In a recent interview with the BBC, Sir Tim Berners-Lee described what he believes will be the dynamic future of the web. The article states, “Sir Tim Berners Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, has said that he sees the internet becoming more dynamic with web pages able to do “more amazing things” as technology advances. He spoke to the BBC’s Jon Sopel from Davos, Switzerland, where political and business leaders have gathered for the World Economic Forum.”

 

 

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Share violent crime data, A&Es urged

Share violent crime data, A&Es urged | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A coalition pledge urging hospitals to share violent crime data with police to help fight crime is only being carried out properly in a third of areas in England, a Department of Health (DH) report has revealed.

Sharing such information could cut violent crime by up to 40% in some areas and the failure to do so effectively has prompted public health minister Anna Soubry to write to health chiefs for an explanation.

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Achieving greater transparency in government - The Hill's Congress Blog

Four years ago, the coalition I lead welcomed President Obama’s pledge to hold himself and his administration to a new standard of openness. Today, I urge the president to implement early in his second term an agenda that advances that promised transparency. Openness needs to be the default position for the federal government.

The administration has made progress toward proactively releasing more information online, including on such sites as data.gov, recovery.gov and USAspending.gov. But more yet can be done toward achieving transparency. In the spirit of helping reach that objective, I offer some suggestions developed by openness and accountability groups.

 

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Japan Gears Up for the Open Data Revolution

Japan Gears Up for the Open Data Revolution | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Following the death of Aaron Swartz, an open data activist, the issues around open access and data ownership have been reignited around the world. But for Japan, the seeds of open data just started being planted in the beginning of 2013.

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On Sharing and OERs (Open Education Resources)

On Sharing and OERs (Open Education Resources) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In past blogs, I’ve argued academics, particularly tenured faculty, should consider self-publishing their pedagogical materials. Today I wish to further explore the benefits of open textbook publishing.  For this blog I’m joined by Katelin Kaiser, a graduate student in Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of South Florida College of Medicine as well as one of the editors at Writing Commons.

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OpenData.HRO – Willkommen

OpenData.HRO – Willkommen | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Plattform zur Veröffentlichung offener Daten mit Web-Oberfläche und Programmierschnittstelle.
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Elsevier’s gold, green, and hybrid open access…a triple play to change perception? | www.openbiomed.info

Elsevier’s gold, green, and hybrid open access…a triple play to change perception? | www.openbiomed.info | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

I noticed a press-release article announcing a new Elsevier open access journal, Molecular Metabolism, that will feature one of my Yale faculty colleagues, Tamas Horvath,  as an  editor.  Because of the competition with new top tier journals like eLife that have waived article processing charge (APC) for their first three years, Molecular Metabolism  has waived the APC for all 2012 and 2013 submissions. The charge for publication will eventually be $2,000 (USD).

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Mayor’s speech focuses on optimism, open data, entrepreneurs and investments

Mayor’s speech focuses on optimism, open data, entrepreneurs and investments | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This is my third State of the City Address and as with the first two we are presenting in different areas of Hamilton to reflect on and reinforce the strength, heritage and importance of every part of our City.

It is appropriate that Stoney Creek is our venue today because of its importance to the economic well-being of our community. I want to thank today’s program sponsor, Kubes, whose success has derived from the very things I want to talk to you about today. Kubes Steel offers a range of custom roll form services for structural steel sections, metal sheet, tube, angle, pipe and beams. Their expertise has made them a leader in architectural exposed structural steel projects throughout North America. Kubes Steel is the result of over 3 decades of investment in founder Joe Kubes’ vision which is a vision that we at the City of Hamilton would do well to emulate…. to be the best at what we do by investment in plant, equipment, training, technology and most importantly, people. So thank you again for helping make today possible and (for) inspiring a vision for Hamilton.

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Checking out open access

From Wikipedia to shareware, the Internet has made information and software more widely available than ever. At the heart of this explosion is the simple idea that information should be open and free for anyone. Yet with publishers charging exorbitant fees for subscriptions to academic journals, university libraries are struggling to keep up.

Writing in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Concordia collections librarian Geoffrey Little says that a key way to meet that challenge is through the use of open source technology. "In order to make information freely available through open access policies, it's important to look beyond traditional and expensive methods of dissemination and turn instead to open source software," he says.

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