Accessing government data from the source is frustrating. If you've done it, or at least tried to, you know the pain that is oddly formatted files, search that doesn't work, and annotation that tells you nothing about the data in front of you.
The most frustrating part of the process is knowing how useful the data could be if only it were shared more simply. Unfortunately, ease-of-use is rarely the case, and we spend more time formatting and inspecting the data than we do actually putting it to use. Shouldn't it be the other way around?
It's this painstaking process that draws so much ire. It's hard notto complain.
The Open Development Toolkit is a centralised hub around open development, bringing together tools and training materials with the aim of promoting use and re-use of online tools which make development data available. To begin with, the Toolkit will focus primarily on aid data, but we hope to move on to other areas of development data in the future.
Science experts will share how they are using the latest and greatest open source applications in their work, across their teams, and in the lab. Science geeks will share homemade projects and show us how open source technology was an integral part to their labors of love.
This article reviews three indexes that assess the openness or quality of data produced by national governments. The Open Data Barometer (ODB), produced by the Open Data Institute and the Worldwide Web Foundation, and the Open Data Index (ODI), produced by the Open Knowledge Foundation, rate the openness of heterogonous sets of data produced by governments, of which the outputs of the national statistical system are only a part. The third, the World Bank’s Statistical Capacity Index (SCI), rates the capacity of a national statistical system to produce reliable statistics but does not consider whether the data meet the criteria for openness. Although the three differ in design and content, their ratings across countries are, for the most part, highly correlated. The purpose of this article is not to rate the raters or pick a winner among the three approaches. Rather, it is part of an ongoing effort to develop a measure that captures both the quality and the openness of development statistics. As is so often the case, progress can be made more quickly by learning from what others have done.
Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK) and Nicholas Gruen, economist and CEO of Lateral Economics, unveiled today in Canberra the report, Open for Business. It is the first study to quantify and illustrate the potential of Open Data to help achieve the G20’s economic growth target. Martin makes the economic case for open data below.
We are learning more and more about who enrolls in Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs) and how those students behave. For example, Harvard and MIT recently released de-identified data from their first 16 MOOCs that ran in 2012-2013 (read more about the Harvard and MIT data sets here and access the actual data here). The data set includes several variables relating to student activities – for example, whether students visited the course website, watched videos, or completed exams. These types of measures can tell us a lot about what students do, but it is not clear how much they learned as a result of those actions.
Beyond Transparency is a cross-disciplinary survey of the open data landscape, in which practitioners share their own stories of what they’ve accomplished with open civic data. It seeks to move beyond the rhetoric of transparency for transparency’s sake and towards action and problem solving. Through these stories, we examine what is needed to build an ecosystem in which open data can become the raw materials to drive more effective decision-making and efficient service delivery, spur economic activity, and empower citizens to take an active role in improving their own communities.
As an aggregator of both digital collections and bibliographic data, The European Library offers a unique set of data from Europe’s libraries. We aim to promote the wider use and exposure of the collections of our member libraries and we have developed a suite of services to access and search the data.
The web has transformed our lives so much over the last twenty years that we think of it as an inevitable development and a permanent part of our world. In this talk, Professor Carr explains how the open web we know is just one of many attempts over the last century to build a planet-wide network of information. Why was this one successful? And will it continue to be so?
The Cetis conference is an annual opportunity for UK developers, learning technologists, lectures and policy makers to come together to discuss recent innovations in the domain of education technology. This year the theme was ‘Building the Digital Institution: Technological Innovation in Universities and Colleges‘ and I was really pleased to be attending on behalf of the Open Education Working Group. The conference took place at the University of Bolton from 17th – 18th June 2014.
The OpenGov Hub physically collocates historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC. The OpenGov Hub is the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area.
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