[open-development] "Open Government Data Index" Re: [okfn-discuss] Anyone interested? Creating an "Open Knowledge Index"
koltzenburg at w4w.net
koltzenburg at w4w.net
Sun Jul 3 04:14:22 UTC 2011
Good morning Guo,
thank you very much for your project initiative, my congratulations
am I getting you correctly that such an index should address open government data in particular?
if yes, I would like to suggest not to call it something as general as "Open Knowledge Index"
since "Knowledge" to my mind is much more than just government data...
so while I think that such a project has an interesting rationale, for its index name,
"Open Government Data Index" would seem more suitable
please pass this mail on to
open-economics at lists.okfn.org
open-development at lists.okfn.org
looking forward to seeing many more answers on Guo's suggestions
On Sun, 3 Jul 2011 03:21:56 +0200, Guo Xu wrote
> Dear list(s),
> The OKCon has passed and generated many ideas for exciting future projects.
> One of the promising ideas I discussed with several participants was
> to compile an index to track progress in opening data - both over time
> and across countries. This would serve several purposes:
> 1) Enable the public to make cross-country comparisons (i.e. which
> country performs well?) and track longitudinal developments (i.e.
> which country has improved on opening data?)
> 2) Serve as a useful tool for conducting open knowledge research (e.g.
> correlating the index with socio-economic variables - does open
> knowledge really foster innovation and growth?)
> 3) Ideally, increase impact of OKF in public - making the "Open
> Knowledge Index" a citable measure of open government
> There are many indices out there - for tracking democracy, corruption,
> innovation and human development - so why not a measure to track
> progress in opening government? Such an index (leaving aside
> methodological problems for now) could greatly increase visibility of
> OKF's work: A success case here is Transparency International - before
> Ti published its corruption index, journalists had a hard time reading
> and understanding all the reports - with the creation of the
> Corruption Perception Index, Ti has become one of the most known NGOs
> in fighting corruption.
> So why not have an Open Knowledge Index, released annually in a report
> and during the OKCon? This would greatly increase media attention!
> I have some professional experience in creating indices (my research
> institute has been compiling the German innovation index for a while
> and we are currently drafting the funding proposal for an index of IT
> infrastructure resilience). The Open Economics WG itself has developed
> some experience with creating composite indices with the Yourtopia app
> we submitted previously at the Apps4Development competition. I would
> therefore volunteer to coordinate such an index within the Open
> Economics group, mainly as an open academic project. The first step
> would be to construct a prototype; in the longer run, we might also
> consider applying for research grants in order to create the index
> Just wanted to start a discussion and see who would be interested - we
> are planning to discuss this in greater detail during our regular
> Skype meetups.
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