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February 26, 2013

The Value of Open Data

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I TRY TO ensure our creative multimedia students understand the importance of sharing data points through simple things like online photos. And I listen to strategic thinkers like Tony Clement explain why our world is better with Open Data in it.

I wish anybody in charge of State money in Ireland had to certify (1) Open Data compliance and (2) API end point access for public data they gather or maintain. In my mind, it's a matter of accessibility. We hear the accessibility standard discussed in every developers' conference. Public servants have to be concerned with accessible internet resources and they're graded accordingly. We need to impose the same kind of public expectation on all the data that's culled and presented online by State agencies.

All the smartphone ecosystems have exceptionally useful apps available for download that build on top of information created and collected by government sources. My phone has more accurate information about transportation and venues now than ever before. And if governments were more forward-thinking we could boost business, civic engagement and cultural interactions.

This Friday, on the first of March 1st at 4PM Irish Time, I'm going to listen to a Hangout on Air about Canada's Open Data portal. The Hangout is with the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka. Tony is leading the redesign of the Government of Canada‚Äôs Open Data portal.

I've put the Hangout onto my Google Calendar. If Open Data interests you, here's what you might consider this Friday:

Props to Mark Blevis and Colin McKay



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