Socrata, the world leader in cloud solutions for open data and data-driven government, today announced the launch of Open Data TV (ODTV), an innovative video network showcasing the valuable work and remarkable people driving the global revolution toward data-driven government, which is already taking hold in cities, townships, counties, provinces, states and countries around the world.
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Last Thursday, Digital Science organized their first Spotlight event, held at their offices in central London. The topic: 'Open data for researchers - the obstacles and the opportunities' attracted a varied crowd of scientists, journal editors and tech gurus who gathered to discuss what open data means practically for researchers and publishers.
Regardless of industry, people in the business of product development can agree: information gap can be a roadblock to introducing solutions that professionals and consumers across the board are clamoring for. Open source data can not only answer the “what” and “why,” but also the “how.” This is where product teams can finally connect the dots between gaps in the market and technologies that can solve for them.
During 16th - 20th February 2015, Moldova participates at the Open Data Leaders’ Network Conference, presenting the country’s experience in the process of opening data and promoting governance transparency.
As disease threatened crops across the country, an initiative from the government and Unicef was able to communicate fast to stop it - demonstrating how open data can transform development.
Open data is the bedrock foundation on top of which civic technology is built – not just because it is one of the most important raw materials used to build civic apps, but because it represents a willingness on the part of government to collaborate. Governments that embrace open data send a strong signal to the community that they are interested in new ideas and open to establishing partnerships with new allies.
A huge study, organized by the inventor of the web, has ranked the world’s best nations at sharing their government data with citizens. Does the United States top the list? Well, almost. It comes in a close second to the United Kingdom, in the list compiled by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation.
NYC Open Data was hailed as a huge step forward, and for good reason. Not many cities have anything that comes close. A few clicks will produce spreadsheets full of everything from restaurant inspection scores to school attendance rates and rodent infestations.
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.
The City of Durham and Durham County governments in North Carolina are embarking on an open data partnership that will lay the groundwork for businesses, non-profits, journalists, universities, and residents to access and use the wealth of public data available between the two government organizations, while becoming even more transparent to the residents of Durham.