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.
by Jack Dangermond, ESRI Insider, October 14, 2011
Born out of the Gov 2.0 movement, the terms transparency and accountability have become part of the daily vernacular of governments and the citizens they serve. One might even suggest these words have become a new expectation of governing. Transparency and accountability began with a simple concept of openly communicating public policy to the taxpayer. Today, these concepts are thriving within a growing emphasis on developing an interactive dialog between governments and the people. Maps can be a very valuable part of transparency in government. …
For full text of the article, visit Esri Insider : Improving Government Transparency and Accountability.
Robert Kirkpatrick, UN Global Pulse Blog, September 16, 2011
Learning to Live with Volatility. The digital revolution of the first decade of this new century has brought many wonders, yet it has also has ushered in a bewildering array of unanticipated consequences. We now find ourselves in a volatile and hyperconnected world where risk has been globalized. … However, the same technologies that connect us to one another have also turned all of us into prolific producers of data, and this new data may hold the keys to mitigating much of the volatility and uncert ainty that now confronts us. …One of the defining challenges of the second decade of this century will be for the public sector to learn how to tap into this new “unnatural resource” to understand the changing needs of citizens and respond with agility.
For full text of the article, visit: Data Philanthropy: Public & Private Sector Data Sharing for Global Resilience | Global Pulse.
Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Thursday, September 22, 2011; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch Live from the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC! As part of the World Bank’s 2011 Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum, The World Bank will host a discussion with leading members of the civil society, open government, open development communities to discuss a new “Open Development Agenda,” in which individuals are empowered to create better solutions for development issues. The session will begin with an overview of Open Development, its implications for development partners, and how this move toward greater openness in data and knowledge is changing the entire development paradigm. It will include a lively moderated conversation on the opportunities presented by open data, open knowledge, and open solutions and how these relate to development challenges and aid effectiveness. Topics will include: What are the potential limitations of “open”? How can we draw on knowledge, learning, and innovation from a much wider pool of “solvers” and donor resources? Participants will also have an opportunity to see new mobile apps and the updated Mapping for Results portal. The session will close with an open dialogue, where participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and feedback on the changing roles of the private sector, civil society organizations, and governments in making development more effective.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation Comes of Age (mt-soft.com.ar)
- NYT: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
Forwarded by the GSDI Legal and Socio-Economics Listserv:Saxby, S., 2011. Three years in the life of UK national information policy – the politics and process of policy development. International Journal of Private Law 4(1): 1-31.
In three years since Ed Mayo’s and Tom Steinberg’s ‘Power of Information Review’, much attention has been focused on UK national information policy (NIP) as to how to render it fit for purpose in a Gov 2.0 environment. Since 2007, the importance of collecting, creating and sharing information in different formats has been a feature of policy. Despite these austere times, the intractable problem of funding public sector information provision, particularly from the trading funds, such as Ordnance Survey, has been under review. Problems continue, however, in translating the desire for reform into reality. At a time when a new coalition government is establishing policy, the fragility of these cross-government agendas can be seen. What is needed now is a clear understanding of how NIP feeds into broader ambitions of the knowledge economy, and how spatial information, data sharing and its exploitation can be used to promote better policies, facilitate social reform and build smarter government in the process.
For full text of the article, click here.
- Public data: Government should get out of the way of innovation (telegraph.co.uk)
- Ordnance Survey, other gov databases move to Biz dept (go.theregister.com)
From the GSDI Legal-Econ Listserv:
Article: An Examination of Geospatial Data Availability and Data Accessibility by State
Documents to the People 39(1): 27-31?(Spring 2011)
This article focuses on a relationship between geospatial data availability and data accessibility, based on a hypothesis that state and local governments would contribute to the Geodata.gov clearinghouse (representing data availability) if states have open GIS record access laws. The analysis involved three steps: (1) collect data from Geodata.gov to measure geospatial data availability by state; (2) collect laws and opinions of attorneys general of all states to measure accessibility to geospatial data; and (3) correlate the data to test the hypothesis that state and local governments would contribute data to Geodata.gov clearinghouse if state laws encouraged open access to the GIS records. Result: “The results were not exactly what I was hoping to get. The hypothesis was rejected in all models but one.”
For full text of the article, click here.
- Former FGDC Executive Director on Mapping and the Spatial Data Infrastructure (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)