[open-government] Citizens Engagement in Open Gov't Data
david at eaves.ca
Mon Apr 30 20:52:21 BST 2012
Really quickly on this note... I have a blog post that tangentially
talks about this:
What is interesting is that some of the most downloaded data sets are
being used by communities that I hope will get more excited about open
data. For example, Anthropogenic disturbance footprint within boreal
caribou ranges across Canada
I happen to know plays an important role in the negotiation of the
Canadian Boreal Forest agreement between ENGOs and the forestry industry
- and there it is, one of the most downloaded data sets!
There are some other interesting sets in there. Seeing what poeple are
actually downloading doesn't answer the question you are asking (e.g.
where is there unknown potential demand for OD) but it can sometimes
answer a different question (where is there unknown/unquantified current
Hope this is helpful.
On 12-04-30 12:44 PM, Tim Davies wrote:
> Dear Fabio,
> Wolfgang Both contributed a field note on the experience in Berlin of
> using online voting to source citizen input to prioritise dataset
> choices to a recent issues of the Journal of Community Informatics
> which might be useful:
> More broadly, I've been working with a more general notion of 'open
> data engagement' over recent months - looking at the sorts of outreach
> activities that open data portal providers might need to engage in to
> find priorities for datasets and to develop strategies. Some initial
> frameworks at http://www.opendataimpacts.net/engagement/
> One of the challenges with many approaches to sourcing needs for open
> data is that those in civil society who might benefit most from access
> to data are not necessarily operating within a language of 'open data'
> or very aware of the notion of open data, and so initiatives to source
> input might need to find other ways to engage with these potential
> beneficiaries, and to explore their information and data needs.
> I would be really interested to hear what other approaches to engaging
> civil society with open data you uncover in your research...
> All best wishes
> On Apr 28, 2012 12:37 PM, "Fabio Shida Fukuda" <shidafukuda at un.org
> <mailto:shidafukuda at un.org>> wrote:
> Dear All:
> I would like to have some comments and ideas on how to capture and
> measure social and citizens demands to the design of strategies of
> Open Gov't Data.
> In many countries, opening data might be a costly process due to
> human and financial resources constraints - thus selecting the
> datasets which respond to civil society demands can be a good way
> to start the design the strategy since many public bodies are/can
> be involved in this process.
> Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!
> Best regards,
> *Fabio Enzo Shida Fukuda*
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