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How does a country without computers open up its data?

Open data could seem a luxury in a land like Sierra Leone where food is scarce, security isn’t guaranteed and health care is limited. Yet that is often where governments need to be more open, and use all of the data at their disposal to inform wider decisions and prioritise limited resources. So how can open data make a difference in a country where many people can’t access the internet? A government blog post reveals how the Philippines’ Open Data Task Force met up with a team from Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative to discuss alternative means of keeping citizens in the loop.

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Open Data Institute selects seven new startups

The Open Data Institute (ODI) has announced seven companies who have joined the ODI startup programme. Each company will receive mentoring, funding and support from the ODI as they develop their solutions and plan to bring them to market. The seven new companies are a very diverse group and this shows that the ODI is not getting too focused on one area of technology.

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The Guardian publication on what Data journalism means and how it’s done

Every day brings newer and more innovative journalists into the field, and with them new skills and techniques. So, not only is data journalism changing in itself, it's changing journalism too.

Digital archaeology and open source

The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) project is an index of linked open data citations and ontological connections. As its base layer, DINAA adapts governmental heritage management datasets for broader open and public uses. DINAA is an example of how digital is simply the way to do archaeology now, and what that means for professionals and social scientists in the field.

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Empowering the Open Data Dialogue

The first question most open data advocates hear is, “Why?” Whether you’re trying to make the case within government or coming in from the outside, many, many advocates spend a lot of time justifying open data’s potential instead of playing with its possibilities. OKF compiled a roundup of talking points to help unpack each open data challenge.

The concept on Open Government Data

The Government launched a public consultation on the draft regarding “The concept on the Open Data principles”. This project defines and establishes the principles of open data, making a connection to the international legal framework and also to the best practices in this field, thus allowing Republic of Moldova to advance in the process of opening access to public information for citizens.

Methodological guidelines for publishing public government data

In order to improve the quality, shape and structure of the data available on www.date.gov.md portal, the e-Government Center has developed the methodological guidelines for publishing public government data. This methodology defines the processes for identifying, publishing and updating the open data on the www.date.gov.md portal, as well as the technological aspects. The same publishing principles can be also applied for publishing public information on the public authorities’ websites.

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Democracy and open data: are the two linked?

Are democracies better at practicing open government than less free societies? 70 countries profiled in the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Data Index were analyzed and the rankings were compared against the 2013 Global Democracy. As a tenet of open government in the digital age, open data practices serve as one indicator of an open government. Overall, there is a strong relationship between democracy and transparency.

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The Open Data Economy e-Book

Governments and public authorities across the world are launching Open Data initiatives. Research indicates that by October 2011, 28 nations around the world had established Open Data Portals. Public administration officials are now beginning to realize the value that opening data can have. However, very few governments are taking the right measures in realizing the economic benefits out of Open Data. Political support, breadth and refresh rate of data released, the ease in sourcing data and participation from the user community determine the degree of maturity of an Open Data program. Capgemini Consulting conducted an analysis of 23 select countries across the world (including Moldova) which have already initiated Open Data programs, and rated them on a set of parameters.

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Open data is a public good. It should not be confused with data sharing

Open data means providing unrestricted data to everyone. Open data is not a "valuable revenue stream" for government. It is a public good. On the other hand, data sharing is providing restricted data to restricted organizations or individuals. Sometimes shared data is restricted because it provides a revenue stream – it is only available to people who will pay for it – or, more frequently, because it is sensitive in some way, either because it is personal or because of security issues.