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Introducing Sunlight's Transparency Drone

Introducing Sunlight's Transparency Drone | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
Photo courtesy Speaker John Boehner. After years of waiting for the technology and regulations to catch up to our goals, we’re finally able to unveil our latest project: Transparency Drone.
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Grow up, Ontario

Grow up, Ontario | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
By dividing the list among dozens of separate websites, or PDF downloads, the Ontario Government shirked their commitment to open data at the first opportunity.
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Open government’s double standard

Open government’s double standard | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it

Despite open government calls for performance metrics and financial transparency in government, you’d be hard-pressed to find any of this for the movement behind it.

 
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Open Government: A Time for Self-Assessment | The White House

Open Government: A Time for Self-Assessment | The White House | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration has harnessed new technology to engage the public, worked to disclose information more quickly, and given citizens a greater voice in decision-making.
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Crime and Justice: an open data challenge

Crime and Justice: an open data challenge | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
I've recently taken on a really interesting role working with the
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The Flawed Economics of Closed Government Data : MapBrief™ | Open Knowledge

The Flawed Economics of Closed Government Data : MapBrief™ | Open Knowledge | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
How much should citizens pay a county for a digital copy of property records and aerial photos? Sciotto County, Ohio says $2000. Actually it hired Woolpert to figure it out for them, and they said $2000.
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The Open Data Economy | Article | Open Knowledge

The Open Data Economy | Article | Open Knowledge | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
Unlocking Economic Value by Opening Government and Public Data Governments and public authorities across the world are launching Open Data initiatives.
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Fire risk prediction gets technical

Fire risk prediction gets technical | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
Fighting fires is a dangerous and expensive business. The BBC's Fiona Graham finds out if data analytics can save money - and lives. (RT @DigitalAgendaEU: Can big data help fight fires and save lives?
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Help stop the government selling off the postcodes | Open Rights Group

RT @glynmoody: Help stop the government selling off the UK postcodes - http://t.co/1XzL4WyEof this is not how #opendata works: please write with this form
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The White House shares their web API standards on GitHub - The Changelog

The White House shares their web API standards on GitHub - The Changelog | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
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Rising to the challenge on open standards

You might think that we’ve gone a little quiet since we published the Open Standards Principles last November, but we’ve been working hard on getting together the processes and the people to lead o...
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THE OPEN BOOK

THE OPEN BOOK is a crowdsourced, multi-author publication built to contextualise the international movement for open knowledge in the words of those who are helping build it today. What are the aims a...
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The Beginnings of India's Own Open Data Movement - I Government

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The Beginnings of India's Own Open Data Movement
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For the unacquainted, Open data refers to data being released by various agencies with a license that permits free use, and in re-usable, machine-readable format.
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Captricity: freeing data trapped on paper

Captricity: freeing data trapped on paper | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
As a Ph.D student, Kuang Chen spent time in Tanzania counting the number of people who started HIV antiretroviral medication ...
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Opening congressional reports to the world -- FCW

Opening congressional reports to the world -- FCW | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
A bill would make the reports that agencies generate for Congress much easier for the public to see.
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A Brief History of Open Data

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luiy's curator insight, March 30, 2013 9:39 PM

Public data, open data?
Openness is a concept common to open source, open government and open data. It is both a philosophy of action and a profession of faith, a practice and a goal. But its application to the field of public data is not obvious.

Today, public data is defined by law. It concerns public and private players involved in the context of a public service mission. Governments and communities are not the only ones involved: a transport company operating subway lines on behalf of a community is equally important.

Laws such as the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) regulate the access rights and reuse rights concerning these data. In France, for example, the 1978 CADA law (Commission on Access to Administrative Documents) ensures the access to data and specifies the conditions for exercising these rights.

 

The open data movement attempts a complete reversal of logic: by default, public data and information must be published online ─ before even being claimed by third parties.

 

This shift to a default open mode represents in itself an important cultural change of paradigm for most public and private entities. “Letting go” is one of the main traits of open innovation. It isn’t a natural reflex in many organizations because they are concerned about the use ─ or rather misuse ─ that can be made of open data. Isn’t there a risk of denaturing them by interpreting them? Some data are difficult to grasp if you don’t know the context of their primary use: isn’t there a risk to open them?

Open data is also the fruit of its time, with increasingly urgent imperatives of transparency and accountability. It is interesting to note that the players that are most affected by this crisis of confidence are also those who are most sensitive to open data: politicians and public bodies, companies in the field of energy, environment, transport, banking… Transparency is perceived as a response to a period of mistrust, or distrust, towards institutions and their representatives.

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Bringing The Data Journalism Handbook to Brazilian Journalists | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Bringing The Data Journalism Handbook to Brazilian Journalists | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
RT @amfumero: Bringing The Data Journalism Handbook to Brazilian Journalists | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog http://t.co/1npZzC1i1w
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Open access: The true cost of science publishing | Open Knowledge

Open access: The true cost of science publishing | Open Knowledge | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
Michael Eisen doesn't hold back when invited to vent. “It's still ludicrous how much it costs to publish research — let alone what we pay,” he declares.
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Google Adds Real-Time Transit Data to Google Maps for Three Cities

Google Adds Real-Time Transit Data to Google Maps for Three Cities | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
Google yesterday added live-departure information for seven New York City subway lines and Salt Lake City buses and trams, as well as live service alerts for Washington D.C.'s Metrorail, to Google Map (Google Adds Real-Time Transit Data to Google ...
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The Implantable Defibrillator, Data Portability and Privacy

In this video, Christoph Wild of the Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, speaks about the issue of open standards, data protection and interoperability of me...
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Around the world in 80 links: News from the parliamentary monitoring community

Originally posted on on 22 March 2013 on OpeningParliament.org
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Federal Court of Appeal Reminds Government There is No Copyright in Data

Federal Court of Appeal Reminds Government There is No Copyright in Data | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision may have significant implications for the licensing of government data by federal and provincial government...
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Access to information: 15 things you need to know to get it right

Access to information: 15 things you need to know to get it right | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
How can open data evangelists or information services professionals help redress global inequalities?
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luiy's curator insight, March 23, 2013 6:48 AM

Keep up with knowledge needs in developing countries: Librariesmust be cognisant of the amount of illiteracy still prevalent in some communities among developing countries and therefore come up with innovative ways of sharing development knowledge and information with the illiterate population.

 

Bring the information to the people: The location of physical libraries can be a problem for people who live in rural areas. Libraries must therefore go to the people rather than expect them to come to the libraries. That way, libraries could position themselves to be partners both to development agents and beneficiary communities.

 

Make information relevant for the poor: From our experience here in Zimbabwe, we note that there is a lot of information and knowledge out there, but most of it is irrelevant to the needs of the poor. It is important to identify relevant knowledge for the circumstances under focus, ensure that the knowledge can be understood by those for whom it is intended and work with them to value add to that knowledge.

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Open Data App for the Paris Métro - Smart Data Collective

Open Data App for the Paris Métro - Smart Data Collective | Open Government Daily | Scoop.it
Open Data App for the Paris Métro
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This is possible thanks to the fact that the RATP (the Paris transit agency) has published open data on Métro stops and their geographic location.
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