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[News] Openness in Government Promoted in the UK, France Needs it Also

  • Subject: [News] Openness in Government Promoted in the UK, France Needs it Also
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 17:41:06 +0100
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The Three Laws of Open Government Data

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| Yesterday, at the Right To Know Week panel discussion - 
| Conference for Parliamentarians: Transparency in the 
| Digital Era - organized by the Office of the Information 
| Commissioner I shared three laws for Open Government Data 
| that I'd devised on the flight from Vancouver.
|     The Three Laws of Open Government Data:
|        1. If it canât be spidered or indexed, it doesnât 
|        exist
|        2. If it isnât available in open and machine 
|        readable format, it canât engage
|        3. If a legal framework doesnât allow it to be 
|        repurposed, it doesnât empower


Calling Open Data Developers: We need your help

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| From today we are inviting developers to show government 
| how to get the future public data site right - how to find 
| and use public sector information.


FR: 'Governments should make their public data available on-line'

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| Governments should make their public data available on-line 
| to all, Jean-Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris said on 
| Thursday. Such data could be used to create real time 
| services and geo-location services. 



Show us the data now damnit! Excuses are running out.

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| A very interesting paper from Caroline Savage 
| and Andrew Vickers was published in PLoS ONE 
| last week detailing an empirical study of data sharing 
| of PLoS journal authors. The results themselves, that 
| one out ten corresponding authors provided data, are not
| particularly surprising, mirroring as they do previous 
| studies, both formal [pdf] and informal (also from Vickers, I 
| assume this is a different data set), of data sharing.


Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

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| One of the signal failures of digital technology in
| recent years has been e-voting. Practically every high-
| profile attempt to switch from quaint analogue
| technologies to swish new digital ones has proved a
| complete and utter disaster. But taking a closer look at
| these failures it becomes evident that the problem is
| not so much e-voting itself, as the toxic combination of
| e-voting with black-box software.
| The problem is quite simple. If you can't see what the
| software is doing by looking at the code, you can't
| possible trust it. And e-voting without trust is about
| as useful as the proverbial chocolate teapot.
| The solution is equally obvious: mandate open source
| solutions so that the code can be checked before use.


New EU website goes live

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| The European Commission will today (21 September) launch a
| revamped version of its Europa website. After two years of
| analysis and review, the EU executive hopes its new central
| web portal will make for a simpler, more organised
| experience for EU citizens.


Ideas sought for open government

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| A DIY guide to becoming an MP and a database of the connections between the
| powerful could soon be created online.
| The two ideas are among those being considered by MySociety - a charitable
| group that helps construct civic tools.


Transparency against malpractic

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| As a result of my new enthusiasm to 'get out more' I found myself listening
| to a detailed and balanced 'non-advocacy' presentation from a respected OSS
| Watch staffer.
| He explained patiently how open source licencing worked and how it differed
| from proprietary licences. But what he did say whilst looking for an everyday
| resonance to make his points accessible to a non-geek audience, and which
| really sharpened every-one's attention, was that proprietary software was
| built on secret code whereas open source software had transparent code.
| Proprietary software IS composed of secret code. You can't read it, you don't
| know what it does (other than what you can see it do), you don't know how it
| does it and you can't change it.

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