A couple of weeks ago, we wrote here about International Open Data Day, when people around the world celebrate public information and, more importantly, do something useful with data.
Organizers of the movement, led by the Open Knowledge Foundation, reported a resounding success, with hackathon events held in nearly 200 locations and involving thousands of people around the world. They scraped data, made visualizations and built prototypes for new apps. Pretty cool stuff!
Now, the results are starting to trickle in from the hackathons, and I thought we’d look at some of the tangible results already coming out. Continue reading →
Jonathan Reichental is not your father’s cloistered bureaucrat. The chief information officer in Palo Alto, Calif., is a sought-after speaker, an active blogger and, for 20 years, a tireless advocate for government transparency and the public’s right to easily access information.
He leads the Open Data push in Palo Alto, which might be the most avidly open local government in America. How open, you ask? Just a few weeks ago, the mayor and city council decreed “Open Data by Default.”
We mean that Saturday is International Open Data Day, a time for people around the world to gather and celebrate the public’s information by encouraging the adoption of open data policies by governments everywhere. Continue reading →
We have seen Open Data panels and have been part of others in the past couple of years. Most of the times City Officials talking about Transparency, other times technologists.
At Verge SF Jeniffer Belissent from Forrester Research put together a very interesting panel bringing together different players representing the Complete Open Data Value chain. It was pretty clear the impact of Open Data not only for Transparency and Accountability reasons but also to power products, advance research, and to make different players in the industry more efficient.
More than 225 organizations participated in a recent trade show that attracted over 1,800 local government officials from more than 400 cities. Elected mayors and city council members as well as city managers and their staff in finance, IT, planning, and public safety made the most of the opportunity to learn about products and services that can help them better serve their communities. Continue reading →
That was the main conclusion of the Berkeley event on Open Data co-organized by IGS (Institute of Governmental Studies) and CITRIS (Center for IT Research in the interest of Society).
Democratic participation and all the principles of civic engagement can be taken to the next level in the current days of highly connected citizens, social networks and proactive transparency. There is much more to come and we are only at the initial stages of the impact that Open Data will have on Government. Continue reading →
We have always had a high expectation on how Open Data will become very important for the non-for profit sector. And being part of the “Power of Information” retreat hosted by the F.B. Heron Foundation was just a validation. Why does it make sense for the non-for profit sector to open data? Here’s why: Continue reading →
A few weeks ago we received an invitation to participate in the Bolivia Data Bootcamp event that took place June 12th through 14th in the beautiful city of La Paz, Bolivia. We joined a team of data trainers from all over the world to provide assistance with the overall basics of what Open Data is and what it can do to enhance the understanding of a broader public of relevant, local issues through the usage and analysis of public data sources. We believed that with our field expertise we could contribute to the event, but we didn’t expect to have such a successful experience.