The Information Revolution by Jenny Li Fowler, Harvard Kennedy School, January 20, 2012
… In a new Shorenstein Center discussion paper titled “Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect,” [Viveck] Kundra[, who served as Chief Information Officer for the Obama Administration (2008-11),] makes four specific recommendations to ensure our society continues to build on and benefit from the power of open data and the so-called “network effect” …
- Citizens and NGOs must demand open data in order to fight government corruption, improve accountability and government services.
- Governments must enact legislation to change the default setting of government to be open, transparent and participatory.
- The press must harness the power of the network effect through strategic partnerships and crowdsourcing to cut costs and provide better insights.
- Venture capitalists should invest in startups focused on building companies based on public sector data
For the full text of this article and a link to Kundra’s paper, visit Harvard Kennedy School – The Information Revolution.
November 10, 2010
I am pleased to announce that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released the new Supplemental Guidance to OMB Circular A-16 Revised, “Coordination of Geographic Information and Related Spatial Data Activities.” OMB Memorandum M-11-03, “Issuance of OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance,” from Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to Heads of Executive Agencies and Departments, formally issues the Supplemental Guidance. The Guidance, released today, is posted at:
OMB Circular A-16 provides for improvements in the coordination and use of spatial data, and describes effective and economical use and management of spatial data assets in the digital environment for the benefit of the Federal Government and the Nation. The Supplemental Guidance further defines and clarifies selected elements of Circular A-16 to facilitate a coordinated Federal geospatial asset management capability that will improve support of mission-critical business requirements of the Federal Government and its stakeholders. The Guidance has a primary focus on geospatial data as a capital asset and outlines a portfolio management process to manage geospatial data assets.
The Memorandum from Mr. Kundra notes: “Data-management, and particularly geospatial data-management, is one of the essential components for addressing the management of the business of government and for supporting the effective and economical use of tax dollars. It is, however, susceptible to constant renewal, information quality, and information management challenges. A portfolio-centric model cures the single agency, stovepipe model by applying consistent policy, improved organization, better governance, and understanding of the public to deliver outstanding results.”
The Supplemental Guidance is the result of a dedicated effort by many individuals, agencies, and partners within the FGDC community. I would like to particularly recognize and thank Wendy Blake Coleman from the Environmental Protection Agency, who chaired the Geospatial Line of Business Lifecycle Management Workgroup, which led the development of the Guidance. Wendy and the other members of the Workgroup showed great commitment and perseverance in the development, review, and approval of the Guidance. The document also benefitted from input and feedback from other partners and stakeholders, including the members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.
We look forward to working with the FGDC community to implement the requirements of the Supplemental Guidance. The portfolio management approaches laid out in the document will help provide a foundation to support multiple objectives, including the Administration’s Geospatial Platform initiative. As you know, we are currently engaged in a stakeholder outreach process for the Platform, and we encourage FGDC partners and stakeholders to provide input through the Geospatial Platform IdeaScale website.
Thank you once again to all who contributed to this significant milestone in the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
Ivan B. DeLoatch, Executive Director
U.S. Geological Survey
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- OMB Guidelines on Social Media in the Public Sector (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- New Report Reveals Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative Pain Points (eon.businesswire.com)
- Government Technologist: A Disconnect In Federal IT Strategy (informationweek.com)
- OMB Director Nominee Hints At Tech Priorities (informationweek.com)
President Obama on January 21, 2009, issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The United States and seven other countries have launched Open Government Data sites that portend a new era of transparency, open government data and more open governments around the world. Many are working on similar developments. For the first time, the International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC), hosted on November 15-17, 2010 in Washington, D.C., will gather the community of data owners, developers and policy makers from around the globe to share lessons learned, stimulate new ideas, and demonstrate the power of democratizing data.
Hosted by the United States Government, the IOGDC will bring together the world’s foremost experts on open government data. From policy to technology, IOGDC promises to be filled with thoughtful, dynamic discussion around the historic opportunity presented by open government data to foster collaboration, transparency, and interactive public participation. As the first event of its kind, this conference will be a milestone in the enhancement and expansion of open government data and the benefits it produces. There is no cost to attend, but invitation and preregistration is required.
Conference website: http://www.data.gov/conference
Invited speakers will include:
- Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer
- Neil Fantom, Senior Statistician, World Bank
- Trevor Smallwood, Assistant Secretary, Cyber Security, Australian Government Information Management Office
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Director, World Wide Web Consortium
- Samantha Power, White House, Senior Advisor, National Security Staff
- Andrea Johnston, Director, Strategic Policy Development, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- David L. McClure, Ph.D. , Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
- Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Beth Simone Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Open Government, Office of Science and Technology
- Dr. James Hendler, co-creator of the Semantic Web; Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Tomasz Janowski, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University
- Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
- Sharon Dawes, Senior Fellow, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany
- Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Program Executive, Data.gov, U.S. General Services Administration
- Dave McClure, Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at U.S. General Services Administration to Keynote UP 2010 Cloud Computing Conference (eon.businesswire.com)
- CGI Awarded Five-Year, $US46 Million BPA by U.S. General Services Administration (prweb.com)
- Alexander Howard: Harnessing the Civic Surplus for Open Government (huffingtonpost.com)
- Aneesh Chopra, Obama’s Chief Technology Officer, Talks About Health IT Geek Squads, Entrepreneurship Prizes, and “Data as a Policy Lever” (xconomy.com)
- Gov 2.0 goes local (radar.oreilly.com)
Viveck Kundra says that OMB is particularly interested in four initiatives: Grants.gov, E-Travel, Geospatial, and the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE). In Part I of the Federal Radio broadcast on March 18, 2010 (at about min 4:00), Kundra specifically mentions his interest in the intersection of the geospatial line of business with Data.gov.
Source: Jason Miller, Federal News Radio: http://federalnewsradio.com/?sid=1914675&nid=35