“The push for open government data got a boost this week with passage of a budget bill that includes language codifying open data requirements for the federal government.”
“ReportLinker Data is a search engine for statistics that gives easy access to more than 30 million bits of actionable data….Our ontology-aware natural language processing (NLP) platform automatically analyses millions of bits of data every day. We use big data algorithms to discover, disambiguate, and normalize complex concepts to create structured knowledge of industries, companies, and technologies….ReportLinker Data’s ground breaking technology helps our customers find datasets and key industry indicators from the best open data sources in one single place. All datasets are selected, filtered, and updated daily by our analysts….”
From Google Translate: “Welcome to the three-day immersion in the details. We conduct data-dive data analysis and search histories based on open data.
Hop on board!
What: Open Data Story Camp – a three-day intensive training on teamwork, analysis and visualization of data from the Unified State Register of court decisions Ukraine and other publicly available data.
Where: Shvartuyemosya on the Black Sea, m. Odesa.
When immersed: 21-23 August 2017.”
“Yesterday, I was invited to represent Sunlight at a roundtable on open data hosted by the White House Office of Management and Budget that affirmed the Trump administration’s support for the ongoing public disclosure of public records to the public online. According to OMB, the Trump administration is doubling down on that goal through its IT modernization efforts.
The half-day event, held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in DC, convened administration officials, career civil servants from across the government, entrepreneurs, representatives of large American companies, technologists, nonprofits and advocates to answer that question, discussing how structuring and releasing public information can lead to better economic outcomes for the public. The roundtable was the 13th such event facilitated by the Center for Open Data Enterprise over the past several years, going back to the Obama administration.”
“In line with the global campaign for open data, students in Nigeria have urged governments at all levels to adopt open access to data as a national policy because of its benefits.
Students, under the auspices of Open Con, at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Tuesday, organised a conference, which sought to address challenges facing open access to data.
The convener, Bolutife Adisa, a 400-Level Electrical Electronic Engineering student, said adopting the policy would make online research and data freely accessible to people.
He said the policy would help improve government’s performance and give the citizenry the opportunity to make informed decisions and hold government accountable.”
“Open Data for Development is a global partnership of more than 65 institutions eager to advance the creation of locally-driven and sustainable open data ecosystems in developing countries. It focuses on building up the supply of quality open data and improving the use of that data by leaders in government, civil society, the media and business so that it furthers public interest and improves peoples’ lives.
Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), World Bank, Global Affairs Canada and U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), OD4D works with leading open data organizations to create knowledge and inform policies, standards, innovation and research in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. OD4D’s focus in 2014-16 has been on helping developing-country governments, entrepreneurs and civil society create a global action plan to harness open data for development and to manage national data initiatives….”
“Governmentwide guidance for implementing open innovation strategies is particularly inefficient when addressing agency challenges in open data collaboration and fostering ideation and open dialogues, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.”
Primary Document (GAO Report) is accessible here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-507
“Buried under the headline news of the day is the continuing story of transparency in government, including the movement to open the government’s data. The latest thread in this story is taking place in the United States Congress where the fate of the recently reintroduced Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act is under consideration, with minimal attention from the press. The goal of this bill is to make data from federal agencies freely and publicly available to anyone, in a variety of user-friendly formats. A topic that may seem irrelevant to most Americans’ daily lives, unleashing government data to the public, possesses a largely untapped transformative power with implications for government, industry, and society. If passed, the bill might help improve government operations, spur innovation in the private sector, and improve the well-being of ordinary citizens.
Making open data publication a routine government activity is essential for making open data programs successful. Health Data NY, the first state open data portal devoted to health, started as a small website with five datasets. It gained traction after Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 95, which (1) required that all state agencies publish their data to the centralized Open NY portal; (2) called for the development of an Open Data Handbook to provide a vision and establish standards and governance; and (3) created the new role of chief information officer, among other actions. Health Data NY was also codified as a routine public health activity by making it a permanent part of the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety and assigning dedicated staff to it. These changes at the policy and programmatic levels have allowed Health Data NY to become a national leader in making government health data easily accessible and maintain its visibility after the program’s founding health commissioner left state service in 2013.”
[Apparently this letter was taken offline soon after it was posted. This is the version in the Google cache.]
“Dear Chairman Harper, Chairman Shelby, Chairman Yoder, Chairman Lankford, Ranking Member Brady, Ranking Member Klobuchar, Ranking Member Ryan, and Ranking Member Murphy:
We write in support of expanded public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. Longstanding congressional policy allows Members and committees to use their websites to disseminate CRS products to the public, although CRS itself may not engage in direct public dissemination. This results in a disheartening inequity: insiders with Capitol Hill connections can easily obtain CRS reports from any of the 20,000 congressional staffers and well-resourced groups can pay for access from subscription services. However, members of the public can access only a small subset of CRS reports that are intermittently posted on an assortment of not-for-profit websites. Now is the time for a systematic solution that provides timely, comprehensive free public access to and preservation of non-confidential reports while protecting confidential communications between CRS and Members and committees of Congress.
CRS reports—not to be confused with confidential CRS memoranda and other products—play a critical role in our legislative process by informing lawmakers and staff about the important issues of the day. The public should have the same access to information. …
Taxpayers provide more than $100 million annually in support of CRS, and yet members of the public often must look to private companies for consistent access to CRS reports. Some citizens are priced out of these services, resulting in inequitable access to information about government activity that is produced at public expense….”
[Signed by 42 organizations and 47 individuals.]
“U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research. The Preserving Data in Government Act would require federal agencies to preserve public access to existing open datasets, and prevent the removal of existing datasets without sufficient public notice. Small businesses rely on a range of publically available machine-readable datasets to launch or grow their companies, and researchers and scientists use data to conduct studies for a variety of fields and industries….”