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Re: Public Data Catalog Priorities and Demand

From: Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray@okfn.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:24:49 +0000
Message-ID: <54ca21750912210224w541da934w4e7ec72fd8e85372@mail.gmail.com>
To: Antti Poikola <antti.poikola@gmail.com>
Cc: Steven Clift <clift@e-democracy.org>, public-egov-ig@w3.org, sunlightlabs@groups.google.com
Dear Antti,

FYI, we are currently looking at different ways of visually
representing the CKAN data (for data.gov.uk) - from tag clouds to
faceted browsing. I'm not sure if this is relevant to your question.

I agree with you that some kind of basic visual 'map' to PSI would be
interesting, so that the public holdings of different countries could
be directly compared and so you could get a sense of what was
available and what was missing in different countries.

Best wishes,


On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 6:10 AM, Antti Poikola <antti.poikola@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Please Jonathan, Steven and others, let us know if you find some
> visualization, categorization or prioritization that would clarify the
> "swamp" of public sector information sources.
> I'm looking for two things:
> 1. A easy way to get the BIG PICTURE of what kind of public sector
> information most propably exists (even if it is not open yet)
> in a typical country or city.
> 2. Some priorities from the information re-users point of view
> So far I have found only listings and catalogues that can be re-ordered
> according to some topics (for example CKAN and data.gov), but these are not
> really helping to give the big picture. From this kind of catalogues it is
> easy to find some specific data source if you know what you are looking for,
> but if you just want to see what is out there and build the overview the
> catalogues are not so helpful.
> Best regards
> -Antti "Jogi" Poikola
> Jonathan Gray kirjoitti:
>> Just to let you know, we're currently working on this with CKAN.net.
>> Also very interested in thinking about how we can track how different
>> datasets are reused.
>> Jonathan
>> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM, Steven Clift <clift@e-democracy.org>
>> wrote:
>>> Has anyone explored what government data is in highest "demand" on the
>>> emerging public data reuse sites? How does interest from different
>>> re-user audiences vary (e.g.  business, media, open gov advocates,
>>> independent coders, etc.)
>>> Also, has anyone started a comparsion chart of what different
>>> governments are providing? It would be interesting to quickly see what
>>>  different national or local governments are providing now and over
>>> time. This gets to the "what's important" to release for easy reuse
>>> versus what is the easiest or least politically sensitive.
>>> Steven Clift
>>> E-Democracy.org
>>> --
>>> Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
>>>  Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.Org
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Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation
Received on Monday, 21 December 2009 10:25:27 UTC

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