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topic areas Open Data cases -- Re: Draft agenda for Sept. 20 W3C eGov meeting

From: Jose M. Alonso <josema@webfoundation.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:43:09 +0200
Cc: "W3C eGov Interest Group (All)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, Martín Alvárez Espinar <martin.alvarez@fundacionctic.org>
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To: "Holm, Jeanne M (1760)" <jeanne.m.holm@jpl.nasa.gov>
El 15/09/2011, a las 21:31, Holm, Jeanne M (1760) escribió:
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> 	• Opportunity for leadership!  Select 2-3 areas for near-term focus and seek leaders to help on each (such as policy, accessibility, or list of resources)

I'm all for a general Open Data one. We could start with something many are asking me for: a curated list of resources as examples of what people have done already. This would be similar the the Use cases and Case Studies that other groups have been developing over the last several years. See SWEO ones as an example [1].

We had a technical piece into place to do something like this (thanks to Martin Alvarez (CTIC/W3C.es) at [2]. It was never released nor properly reviewed, although it was going to also serve as an example for the group eating its own dog food [3].

Alternatively, I could host this at WF wiki [4], but I'd need a crash course on Semantic Media Wiki and some help. I volunteer to lead this in any case.

Anyway, I would like the cases to be described with more detail. I would us to come up with a simple taxonomy that would allows us to collect information doing desk research and contacting people involved in those projects. I'm always asked to show evidence about the benefits of Open Data and I would love these cases to serve as examples of the social and economic benefits. Some could be apps, services, some could be reports, surveys. Some high level questions that I'd like to see answered: 
What is the cost of running initiative X? How many people are now employed in X because of Open Data? How the life of people of X has been improved because of Open Data? Haw did it cost to develop app X? What software does it use? Is it Open Source?

Outside Open Data circles there's little knowledge about what it is about. I would initially focus on two things:
* Applications and services that show social and economic benefits of Open Data
  + think of a showroom, classified by topic, with detailed info (well beyond URL and author), so people non-familar with this can get an idea, others interested in doing the same or a similar thing, too. 
 
* Studies, reports and the like on the benefits of Open Data

I could go in more detail but would like to hear first the opinion of the group and people willing to help if any.

Best,
Josema.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/sweo/public/UseCases/
[2] http://www.w3.org/egov/IG/UseCases/
[3] http://www.w3.org/egov/IG/UseCases/doc/how-does-it-work
[4] http://wiki.webfoundation.org/


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Jose M. Alonso
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World Wide Web Foundation
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