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Fwd: [open-gov] Re: The Wired.com How-To Open Up Government Data wiki

From: Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2009 17:39:46 +0100
Message-Id: <200527C2-8FE3-421D-AFEA-2018583641EB@w3.org>
To: eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Forwarding from the open-gov list.

-- Jose


Inicio del mensaje reenviado:

> De: Alexis Madrigal <alexis.madrigal@gmail.com>
> Fecha: 8 de marzo de 2009 02:45:12 GMT+01:00
> Para: open-government@googlegroups.com
> Asunto: [open-gov] Re: The Wired.com How-To Open Up Government Data  
> wiki
> Responder a: open-government@googlegroups.com
>
>
> Ok, I am happy to report that Conde Nast's tech team took my request
> seriously and the wiki is open for business, i.e., editing.
>
> http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Open_Up_Government_Data
>
> I look forward to any and all correspondence.
>
> Best,
>
> Alexis
>
> On Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM, Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Ton, Alexis, all,
>>
>> I've subscribed to this mailing list a couple weeks ago and have been
>> just monitoring the discussions from a distance, hope this message
>> will also serve as an introduction.
>>
>> There's a Group at W3C that has been working on this issues at an
>> international scale for quite some time already. You might want to be
>> in touch with us. We are compiling use cases and eGovernment issues.
>> The Group will publish a first draft of the issues document very  
>> soon,
>> the editor's draft holds the latest version of the text, that is  
>> being
>> constantly updated and improved.
>>
>> The Group is holding an open meeting in Washington DC next week  
>> (12-13
>> March) and there are still a few seats available. Some pointers  
>> follow.
>>
>>  W3C eGovernment Interest Group
>>      http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/IG/
>>  Editor's Draft of the Issues Document
>>      http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/IG/Group/docs/note
>>  Draft Use Cases
>>      http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/IG/wiki/Category:Use_Case
>>  Open Meeting in DC
>>      http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/IG/wiki/F2F2
>>
>>
>> If you need further info, just drop me a line. I believe other Group
>> Members are also subscribed to this list. Group Membership is open  
>> and
>> subscription to the mailing list, too.
>>
>> -- Jose
>>
>> --
>> Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>    W3C/CTIC
>> eGovernment Lead                  http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/
>>
>>
>> El 07/03/2009, a las 19:38, Ton Zijlstra escribió:
>>> That is very good to hear Alexis!
>>> Looking forward to seeing the wiki. Currently I am working for the
>>> Dutch ministry for the interior to create a.o. an overview of
>>> available data sources that would be available to open up. At the
>>> same time another team is working on the 'demand' side, with the
>>> British 'Show us a better way' as an example.
>>> Hopefully we will be able to add to the coming wiki with our
>>> experiences and info here in the Netherlands/EU.
>>>
>>> best,
>>>
>>> Ton
>>>
>>>
>>> -------------------------------------------
>>> Interdependent Thoughts
>>> Ton Zijlstra
>>>
>>> ton@tonzijlstra.eu
>>> +31-6-34489360
>>>
>>> http://zylstra.org/blog
>>> -------------------------------------------
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 7:01 PM, Alexis Madrigal <alexis.madrigal@gmail.com
>>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hello Everyone,
>>>
>>> You may remember my name from an email I sent to the group a couple
>>> months ago looking for areas where government-produced data could be
>>> made more available or usable. I've received several queries about  
>>> the
>>> state of the article — and now I can finally give you some good  
>>> news.
>>>
>>> Ahead of the official launch on Sunday, I just wanted to thank this
>>> group, who informed much of this work, and invite you to participate
>>> in the experiment.  If it works, I think it could really be a great
>>> model for what people kind of annoying call service-journalism.
>>>
>>> The story is going out on the Wired home page at midnight eastern on
>>> Sunday night under the headline, "Data.gov Is Coming — Let's Help
>>> Build It". But I should warn you. It's not a traditional news story.
>>> It's a wiki, which actually, is already live:
>>> http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Open_Up_Government_Data. I'll explain in
>>> greater depth later, but the idea is to combine the crowd's dataset
>>> trouble spotting with Wired's voice/platform and my elbow grease to
>>> get important and valuable datasets made available and usable. Vivek
>>> Kundra seems like an ally — as do his superiors — but we want to  
>>> hold
>>> them to their claims about wanting to open up government data.
>>>
>>> Here's a little explanation of how we got from the original email to
>>> this point. First, you are all brave people for fighting the good
>>> fight on behalf of all of us. Peering into the dark caverns of
>>> government data nearly broke my spirit (and oddly gave me a newfound
>>> fear of spiders, or at least poisonous things). After a hundred  
>>> hours
>>> spent researching, revising, and rewriting, we realized that what I
>>> was doing wasn't working.  The actual mode of journalism with its
>>> traditional endgoal of a "finished product" article that tells  
>>> people
>>> how it is wasn't up to the task.
>>>
>>> The idea had always been that this was collaborative action, so why
>>> the hell was I trying to create a piece of content in static form?  
>>> So,
>>> we pivoted, sliced up pieces of reporting and writing from the 2,000
>>> word feature and tossed away its carcass. It hurt. But it hurt so
>>> good.
>>>
>>> Now, we're just hoping that we can get some momentum behind this
>>> project and start to help build Data.gov. You all could go a long  
>>> way
>>> towards establishing that moment and what you have in your brains is
>>> incredibly valuable. I hope you can devote a few minutes to  
>>> sharing it
>>> with us. (And of course linking any and all complementary efforts  
>>> that
>>> are already underway.)
>>>
>>> Thank you, and as always, feel free to get in touch via any medium.
>>> (Particularly if you have any trouble with the mediawiki markup
>>> language or find a fresh, new bug on the site.)
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Alexis Madrigal
>>> W: 415.276.8481
>>> M: 415.602.4953
>>> Staff Writer, Science and Energy
>>> Wired.com
>>> Magazine Publishers of America, Website of the Year — News
>>>
>>> Wired Science: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/
>>> Magazine Publishers of America, Best Magazine Blog Finalist
>>>
>>> Twitter: @alexismadrigal
>>> Shorty Awards Finalist for Best in #Green
>>>
>>> Book Research: http://www.greentechhistory.com
>>>
>>>
>>>
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> -- 
> Alexis Madrigal
> W: 415.276.8481
> M: 415.602.4953
> Staff Writer, Science and Energy
> Wired.com
> Magazine Publishers of America, Website of the Year — News
>
> Wired Science: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/
> Magazine Publishers of America, Best Magazine Blog Finalist
>
> Twitter: @alexismadrigal
> Shorty Awards Finalist for Best in #Green
>
> Book Research: http://www.greentechhistory.com
>
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