Today the United States takes a key step towards implementing the EITI transparency standard. This first meeting of the USEITI Advisory Committee, is hosted by Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior. It will take place at the US Department of the Interior in Washington DC, and is open to the public. Additional details are available at the US EITI website, and in the DOI's press announcement.
Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon, colleagues. We have gathered here in order to discuss issues to do with open data. I believe that it would be pointless for me to speak for a long time at this meeting with experts. There is one thing that I want to do. I would like to apologise because probably not everyone here will be able to speak. The organisers of the meeting should probably be blamed for this. We should hold smaller meetings, so that all the concerned participants would be able to make their brief statements. Nevertheless, it is quite good that we have gathered for this expanded meeting. I would like to give the floor to those who want to tell us something. Please go ahead.
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W3C announced today a Workshop on Open Data on the Web, 23-24 April 2013, in London (England). The event is hosted by Google and jointly organized with the Open data Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation. Participants will help prioritize W3C's agenda in the area of data on the Web at a time when a number of working groups have either completed or are close to completing their charters. As well the promises of government transparency and efficiency, the claim that is made most frequently of open data is that it is the "new oil" that is driving the digital economy. At this workshop, participants will discuss their experiences of realizing this aim and identify what's needed to make it easier. W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is open to all, but limited to 80 attendees. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 3 March 2013.
Upon the meeting of 6 February, 2013, the following instructions have been issued:
I. Open data as a foundation of an open state
1. Minister Mikhail Abyzov shall submit for discussion at the next meeting of the Government Commission for the Coordination of the Open Government, hereinafter referred to as "Commission", the approval of the Open Data Council, hereinafter referred to as "Council," to be supervised by the Commission, its membership and a draft statute.
As my last post highlighted, I’ve been thinking about how we can find and discover datasets and their related APIs and services. I’m thinking of putting together some simple tools to help explore and encourage the kind of linking that my diagram illustrated.
There’s some related work going on in a few areas which is also worth mentioning:
Within the UK Government Linked Data group there’s some work progressing around the notion of a “registry” for Linked Data that could be used to collect dataset metadata as well as supporting dataset discovery. There’s a draft specification which is open for comment. I’d recommend you ignore the term “registry” and see it more as a modular approach for supporting dataset discovery, lightweight Linked Data publishing, and “namespace management” (aka URL redirection). A registry function is really just one aspect of the model.There’s an Open Data on the Web workshop in April which will cover a range of topics including dataset discovery. My current thoughts are partly preparation for that event (and I’m on the Programme Committee)There’s been some discussion and a draft proposal for adding the Dataset type to Schema.org. This could result in the publication of more embedded metadata about datasets. I’m interested in tools that can extract that information and do something useful with it.
Thinking about these topics I realised that there are many definitions of “dataset”. Unsurprisingly it means different things in different contexts. If we’re defining models, registries and markup for describing datasets we may need to get a sense of what these different definitions actually are.
As a result, I ended up looking around for a series of definitions and I thought I’d write them down here.