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WEEKLY OVERVIEW

How open data will supercharge your business

Whether you’re using the term “open data,” “big data” or incorporating some other broad adjective, data is central to the discussion of every industry’s future. As every aspect of our world is digitized, lots of new information becomes accessible. In theory, this can help us make more informed, better decisions more easily and quickly than ever before.

Unleashing the Potential of Open Data in Russia

Open Data, especially data released by the government, is an immense resource that is still relatively new and as yet largely untapped in Russia. Nevertheless, some in-roads have been made recently. For example, almost 2,400 datasets have been made public through Russia’s Open Data portal (http://data.gov.ru/), in addition to some regional and city data portal initiatives. The Open Data portal provides access to 2,398 datasets (as of December 2014) and is divided into 16 major topics that include hydrometeorology, mapping, education, transport and health.

OPEN DATA: When governments open their files, the public benefits

IN EARLY December, President Obama announced a series of measures aimed at closing the gap between citizens and law enforcement. One of those measures was a plan to distribute $263 million in funding for agencies to purchase body cameras that can be used during police interactions with citizens.

Chicago builds ETL toolkit for open data

Data officials in Chicago are churning out open datasets faster than ever by using technology rather than developers to get the job done. About a year ago, the city government embedded Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), a graphical extract-transform-load (ETL) tool with pre-built and custom components to process big data, into its OpenData ETL Utility Kit. The kit provides several utilities and a framework to help governments extract data from a database and upload it to an open data portal using automated ETL processes.

'Open data could improve rail travel for disabled passengers’ say industry and passenger groups

Last Autumn, rail users and industry leaders joined a workshop at the Open Data Institute (ODI) to explore how open data can improve the development and provision of disabled access to the UK rail network. It was led by the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR).

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