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Re: Publishing Open Government Data

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:34:35 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <1371501275.13201.YahooMailNeo@web122902.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>
To: Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3roundstones.com>
Cc: John Erickson <olyerickson@gmail.com>, "W3C eGov Interest Group \(All\)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Nice work ... but ... (you knew that was coming, right?)

I do think that the target audience should be broadened to include a good word for professionalism in the handling of "Open Data", 

in general. Agile programming is all well and good, but making a decision 
to offer selected parts of a government data set means you are the 
gatekeeper and the ethics and integrity issues are on you.  It often 
happens that governments' idea of coverage does not fit well in a small 
screen, and the largest screens are pretty crowded too.  This is a 
programming challenge, but also a problem with the perceptions of full 
coverage you leave with users.

I'm looking at you, "Big Data".

Maybe I'm just sore it's taken me a week and a half to get a clean load of 70,000 lines of "Experts" from the GSA. There were thousands of syntax variations (quotes, line feeds, tabs, control characters on and on).  It has become apparent that this is not the GSA's fault, they know who is on the Committees, and 
it's not the Experts fault, they know how to write their names and where they work (kinda goes along with "Expert").  Sad to say that this is a 
Consultant Generated Interoperability problem all the way.  Nice job 
guys, Open Data doesn't need you. 


[1] "The document is targeted at developers, government information management staff, website 

 From: Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3round

 From: Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3roundstones.com>
To: Angus MacWilliam <angusmacwilliam@gmail.com> 
Cc: John Erickson <olyerickson@gmail.com>; W3C eGov Interest Group (All) <public-egov-ig@w3.org>; W3C public GLD WG WG <public-gld-wg@w3.org> 
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: Publishing Open Government Data

Hi Angus,
Thanks John for the pointer to the group's main wiki page.

The URL of the most recent Best Practices document for Linked Data is here.[1]  The status of the document is that it is being published as a W3C Working Group Note.  It has gone through a preliminary level of peer review by the Government Linked Data Working Group members.  

The editors are fleshing out the Note with 10-steps to publishing government data for better discovery, access and re-use AND a friendlier, practical advice on URI Design Principles and policy for persistent identifiers.  We expect the Best Practices Note to be completed this summer as there is considerable interest by people doing this type of work internationally.

If there is any specific guidance you'd like to see, we'll willing to consider it to ensure that the document is both relevant & timely to people involved in both the publication & consumption of high quality open government data published as LOD.   


Bernadette Hyland, co-chair 
W3C Government Linked Data Working Group
Charter: http://www.w3.org/2011/gld/ 

[1] https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/gld/raw-file/default/bp/index.html

On Jun 17, 2013, at 9:17 AM, John Erickson <olyerickson@gmail.com> wrote:

Angus, you could start with the list of deliverables from the W3C
>Government Linked Data (GLD) WG, which was an outgrowth of that
>earlier W3C eGov IG. See http://www.w3.org/2011/gld/wiki/Main_Page
>Pay particular attention to the "Best Practices" document and the set
>of vocabulary recommendations we've been working on.
>On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 7:28 AM, Angus MacWilliam
><angusmacwilliam@gmail.com> wrote:
>>Can you please confirm whether 'Publishing Open Government Data (W3C Working
>>Draft 8 September 2009)' has been superseded by another paper? It would also
>>be good to know if there are other W3C papers on this subject?
>>Angus MacWilliam
>John S. Erickson, Ph.D.
>Director, Web Science Operations
>Tetherless World Constellation (RPI)
><http://tw.rpi.edu> <olyerickson@gmail.com>
>Twitter & Skype: olyerickson
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