[okfn-discuss] Open Data is Civic Capital: Best Practices for "Open Government Data"
jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Jun 5 14:56:12 BST 2009
I also wonder if you think it could be worth creating a very concise,
'open government data definition' - which detailed the necessary
additions to OKD as outlined in your essay?
(As is done in the OSSD: http://opendefinition.org/ossd)
On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM, Josh Tauberer<tauberer at govtrack.us> wrote:
> Yes, I think you're right. I'll keep this in mind for the next version.
> - Josh Tauberer
> - GovTrack.us
> "Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
> falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
> Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)
> On 05/19/2009 01:53 PM, Jonathan Gray wrote:
>> This looks great Josh!
>> I wonder if there's any way you would consider alluding to the OKD in
>> the body of the text, as well as towards the end?
>> E.g. by saying OKD compliance is a necessary but not sufficient
>> condition for open government data?
>> On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 7:37 PM, Josh Tauberer<tauberer at govtrack.us>
>>> Hi, all. I'm sorry I haven't had the time to say much here, though I've
>>> tried to watch the progress. Over the last several months I've been
>>> an essay-
>>> Open Data is Civic Capital: Best Practices for "Open Government Data"
>>> -which addresses a small portion of the issues that have come up in this
>>> group, so I thought I would share it here. The motivation to write this
>>> started at Transparency Camp  a few months ago, and at the end of the
>>> conference Gunnar Hellekson of Red Hat, and later I, decided to take on
>>> project of bringing together a repository of best-practices guides for
>>> technology’s role in an open government. (We have a wiki page for the
>>> project  which lists some of the guides we’d like to see written.)
>>> The goal of Open Data is Civic Capital was 1) to motivate why open
>>> government data isn’t just an ideological issue but actually makes
>>> more powerful, and can really make the world a better place, and 2) to
>>> outline some suggested priorities and recommendations for open government
>>> data, drawing on the recommendations of a number of past groups. The
>>> “Creating a well-informed public is a core value of representative
>>> government. It is a prerequisite for ensuring the best representatives
>>> elected and a crucial component of government oversight—as well as being
>>> important in areas well beyond civics. This document speaks to why public
>>> government data (also called ‘public sector information’) is a valuable
>>> resource to society if put on the Web and shared freely with the public,
>>> discusses how to go about doing it. We discuss technological
>>> and end with sixteen guiding principles for best practices in open
>>> government data.”
>>> Hopefully you find this useful/informative (as opposed to spam :-).
>>>  http://transparencycamp.org/
>>>  http://wiki.opengovdata.org/index.php/Best_Practices
>>> - Josh Tauberer
>>> - GovTrack.us
>>> "Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
>>> falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
>>> Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)
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