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Another commentary on the recent Pew Research Center study. (I'm quoted.)
Do Americans know or care about Open Data? The Turning Point
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NOAA’s Big Data Project Comes Into Focus
An interesting example of involvement by the private sector in expanding access to the vast quantities of NOAA data that are not yet available to the public.
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From the post: "Which is the stronger motivator for openness: a desire to make a program more transparent? Or a desire to make a program more effective? While the two have so far been closely linked, I believe the latter – program effectiveness — will ultimately win out and will eventually pave the way for Open Data 3.0."
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well, yeah: any special interests or powerful entities who are exposed by it or business interests who profited from it being closed will oppose changes.
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One of my takeaways from this article about municipal open data in North Carolina (which quotes my colleague +Jason Hare ) is that local governments have to want to engage with the public via open data for such programs to succeed.
In the emerging culture of “open data,” coding brigades and “civic geeks” dig through government databases in search of something useful to do.
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In the Netherlands we have very high quality government information. A lot of it is #opendata too. Like the "BRT" (topography / maps). They even made an english video about it. Therefore sharing it here.
#opendata   #BRT   #netherlands   #maps  
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USAID’s “Frequently Asked Questions” and the Management of Open Data Programs

From the post: "By itself, just documenting a process is never enough. Also needed is a sufficiently-resourced governance structure that supports program management in how systems and processes are changed and in how they operate."
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You can watch all public transport in the Netherlands real-time on this site. Really cool use of realtime #opendata  
#netherlands   #publictransport  
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Op deze kaart staan de laatst doorgegeven posities van bussen, tram's en metro's en is uitsluitend geschikt om reizigers te informeren waar deze zich ongeveer bevindt LET OP De aangegeven punctualiteit geldt voor de aankomst op de eerstvolgende halte, vertragingen en vervroegingen zullen later ...
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Sophisticated digital platforms that leverage “small” pieces of information or the data contained within citizens and their localities can strengthen the quality of democracy. Taken together, the following examples illustrate...
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From the announcement: "Twenty-five leading local and state governments across the country are partnering to prove that cities and regions can work together in a new way to work with developer, creative, and entrepreneurial communities to improve public and community health and spur quality innovation."
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Within the community of people who follow, advocate or cover open government and open data, reactions to yesterday's survey from the Pew Internet and Life Project's survey were decidedly mixed: http://e-pluribusunum.org/2015/04/22/half-empty-or-half-full-mixed-reactions-to-pew-research-on-open-data-and-open-government/ …as was coverage in the media. If I missed stories or blog posts in this digest, please let me know.
Yesterday, I wrote up 15 key insights from the Pew Internet and Life Project's new research on the American public's attitude towards open data and open government. If you missed it, what people th...
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The agenda for the 2015 International Open Data Conference is open! http://opendatacon.org/program/detail/ …and I'm headed to Ottawa in May. The growth since 2010 is notable. 
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One of the really nice things about this portal (and I use the term "portal" in a very large sense) is that, not only are the data and developer resources extensive, but the contextual information provided (for example, look under the heading "Plan") is also extensive.  Also positive on the Plan pages: the names of page owners and responsible individuals are given. If you click on a page editor's name, for example, you can send an email! This act of providing contact information is an impressive user-friendly act and is something that can help dispel the image of "faceless bureaucrats" (if it works, of course!)
 
We're debuting our new Data Portal which will have featured datasets, and allow you to explore data by mission categories.
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Open Data In the G8

A new report from the Center for Data Innovation: "In 2013, the leaders of the G8 signed an agreement committing to advance open data in their respective countries. This report assesses the current state of open data efforts in these countries and finds substantial variation in their progress. "
Tweet. In 2013, the leaders of the G8 signed an agreement committing to advance open data in their respective countries. This report assesses the current state of open data efforts in these countries and finds substantial variation in their progress. Moving forward, countries have many ...
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I have not read the journal article this blog post is based on. I was amused by the last sentence of this quote having spent part of my career researching the management of intellectual property rights in various industries: "The claim to IP rights in something (a bus timetable, for example) is based upon an understanding that such rights may exist and are supported by statute and case law. However, in my research I was interested not just in law in this strict sense (i.e: can one have copyright in a bus timetable), but rather in law as it was experienced. What I found was that actual law was surprisingly irrelevant to many of the claims being asserted in the transit data context. Being in a position to make a claim to IP rights was in many ways more important than actually having a good claim."
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storify of yesterday's SXSW panel: 'Your Laws, Your Data: Making Government More Open,' with Molly Schwartz,  +Molly Bohmer, +Rebecca Williams , and Daniel Schuman: 
https://storify.com/richards1000/your-laws-your-data-making-government-more-open-s
A panel entitled "Your Laws, Your Data: Making Government More Open" was held 13 March 2015 at SXSW Interactive 2015, in Austin, Texas, USA.
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"policy-focused research has given  efforts bipartisan appeal," writes Ben Casselman, in 538: Democrats want to make government programs more effective & efficient, Republicans want to show they don't work and cut them. Either way, more analysis of administrative data is needed.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/big-government-is-getting-in-the-way-of-big-data/
When the government wants to know how many people are unemployed, it calls people and asks them whether they’re working. When it wants to know how quickly prices are rising, it sends researchers to...
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new from Greg Kempe: The Indigo Legislation Platform:
http://code4sa.org/2015/03/03/indigo-legislation-platform.html
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The story of how civic hackers made the Maryland Transit Authority's real-time transit data usable is fascinating, on many levels. https://medium.com/@transitapp/how-we-saved-baltimore-600-000-in-one-day-f8311e487e58

Update: Make sure to read this followup, too: http://marylandtransitadministration.blogspot.com/2015/02/did-civic-hackers-save-mta-600000-in.html
A story of frozen fingers, civic hackers, and stacks of cash.
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