Open Data

Open Data is the hot issue of the moment, and Governments are facing an ever increasing demand for access to public data. Here we’re curating an ongoing series of discussions with Open Data practitioners at all levels – city, county, state, national and international – to share their experiences and examples of emerging practice.
 
One of the special areas of focus will be how cities are holding app competitions and hackathons. What’s really working?

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Connecting citizens to civic performance in Edmonton

The City of Edmonton has launched a Citizen Dashboard on top of their open data catalogue. Ashley Casovan, Edmonton’s Strategic Coordinator for ICT, explains how the initiative is creating new insights for citizens as well as city officials about how the city is performing on delivery of a selection of key services.

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Launching the Open Data Institute: bottom-up, middle-out, top-down

Nigel Shadbolt discusses the realities of harnessing the potential of open data for governments, businesses and citizens. With Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Shadbolt is the joint head of the newly formed Open Data Institute in London which he summarises as “… building the supply side; building capability and empowerment; developing a demand side”.

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Data.gov: Communities, voices and value

The US Data.Gov platform now features more than 470,000 datasets from 172 agencies, as well as thematic communities representing such diverse interests as health and education through to developers and consumers.

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The Semantic Web: Data linked to data = New insights

In 2001 Professor Jim Hendler jointly conceptualised the semantic web along with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila. When he invented the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee always envisaged it as highly linked, and the idea of the semantic web – a web of linked data with meaning – is now emerging as a reality.

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Open Technology Foundation: Sharing knowledge, standards and code

The Open Technology Foundation is a new Australian-based organisation that is a hub for technology and people networks in government to share, reuse and co-invest in open technology initiatives across the public sector.

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Opening civil society data through the Voluntary Sector DataStore

Jenny Clark and David Kane from the UK’s National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) are bringing civil society to the open data table through their Voluntary Sector DataStore and associated initiatives.

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Open Data Cities of the Future

In advance of the Open-Data Cities Conference in Brighton, UK, convenor Greg Hadfield talks about the ways in which all elements of a city – leaders, government, local institutions and businesses as well…

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Cook County’s Open Data Portal

Join Gov 2.0 Radio for a discussion talk with Cook County’s Deputy Director of New Media Sebastian James. We chat about about the launch of data.cookcountyil.gov, and the challenges facing counties in moving…

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Open Data vs Urban Poverty, and Apps as Community Assets

Inspired by International Open Data Day, we talk to Steve Spiker, IT director for the Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, California, to talk about open data’s role in taking on urban poverty. Steve…

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Open Data Day and How to Do a Hackathon

Join us for a conversation with David Eaves about International Open Data Day, and his best advice on how to organize a hackathon – including the value of statisticians and project managers to…

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