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Re: Open Data Study

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 10:27:39 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <704094.40706.qm@web112609.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Mike Norton <xsideofparadise@yahoo.com>
Cc: Jose Manuel Alonso <josema.alonso@fundacionctic.org>, public-egov-ig@w3.org
No, I am with TBL on this one.  A Government reluctant to do right by it's employees and citizens saps the energy of the Society it purports to govern.  From a Standards making perspective, there is no evidence that Corporations feel themselves accountable for the prosperity of the existing three tiers.  They are Ways & Means without Constituency, Entropy without Enthalpy, or Software without Hardware.  As such, they have no hope of gaining any kind of Artificial Intelligence necessary to attain the goals of the Semantic Web.  By contrast, National Governments need not have any AI to further that cause; a will and motivation to protect the other two tiers from harm is sufficient.  To put it a different way, Dinosaurs didn't see Humans coming either but it just doesn't matter if they did.  
 ... but Oscar Wilde said it better
"If this is the way Queen Victoria treats her convicts she doesn't deserve to have any."
                                                 -- Oscar Wilde, shackled, in the rain outside a prison.
--Gannon J. Dick

--- On Sun, 5/23/10, Mike Norton <xsideofparadise@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Mike Norton <xsideofparadise@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Open Data Study
To: "Jose Manuel Alonso" <josema.alonso@fundacionctic.org>
Cc: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 5:28 PM

 Civilians, government bureaucrats, and a top-level mandate comprising the Three Tiers, I would even add a fourth tier to the drive at play: corporations, especially because in striving for accountability they are such a strong player in terms of decision-making and fiscal policy.  How can open data in government be fashioned in a way that offers both competition among businesses employing that data as well as accountability toward those businesses and open data government agencies alike?

Michael Norton


From: Jose Manuel Alonso <josema.alonso@fundacionctic.org>
To: eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Sun, May 23, 2010 2:20:07 PM
Subject: Open Data Study

Just released. I'm sure it's of interest to many of you.


Open Data Study

Date: May 2010
Source: Transparency and Accountability Initiative
Author: Becky Hogge
Substantial social and economic gains can be made from opening government data to the public. The combination of geographic, budget, demographic, services, education, and other data, publicly available in an open format on the web, promises to improve services as well as create future economic growth.

This approach has been recently pioneered by governments in the United States and the United Kingdom (with the launch of two web portals - www.data.gov and www.data.gov.uk respectively) inspired in part by applications developed by grassroots civil society  organizations ranging from bicycle accidents maps to sites breaking down how and where tax money is spent. In the UK, the data.gov.uk initiative was spearheaded by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

This research, commissioned by a consortium of funders and NGOs (including the Information Program) under the umbrella of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, seeks to explore the feasibility of applying this approach to open data in relevant middle income and developing countries. Its aim is to identify the strategies used in the US and UK contexts with a view to building a set of criteria to guide the selection of pilot countries, which in turn suggests a template strategy to open government data.

The report finds that in both the US and UK, a three-tiered drive was at play. The three groups of actors who were crucial to the projects' success were:

* Civil society, and in particular a small and motivated group of "civic hackers";

* An engaged and well-resourced "middle layer" of skilled government bureaucrats; and

* A top-level mandate, motivated by either an outside force (in the case of the UK) or a refreshed political administration hungry for change (in the US).

As Tim Berners-Lee observed in interview "It has to start at the top, it has to start in the middle and it has to start at the bottom." The conclusion to this report strengthens that assertion, and warns those attempting to mirror the successes of the UK and US projects not to neglect any of these three layers of influence.

Based on these findings, and on interviews conducted with a selection of domain and region experts to refine these observations for a developing and middle-income country context (where a fourth tier of potential drivers towards open data - in the shape of international aid donors - is identified) the report presents a list of criteria to be considered when selecting a pilot country in order to test this strategy.

Jose M. Alonso
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