Government

Surfing the open data wave
During hurricane season, my attention turns to the Atlantic Ocean. I keep an eye on swell-producing storms and use a variety of forecasting tools to get to the right spot for the best surf. But I never really thought about the data behind the tools I use. There are many different stats brought... Read more
5 comments Posted 3 Oct 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Is your agency SMART?
We all know that government agencies are constantly under pressure to make their conversations with constituents measurable, and results-based to justify the investment. One stand-out action the city of New York is doing to keep this at the forefront of importance is driving an advisory board... Read more
0 comments Posted 29 Sep 2011 by Lauren Modeen Feed
Open states: Transparency for state governments using open data
Where do you start to standardize legislative information for all 50 United States? Blazing an open data trail for one state government isn't easy, so shifting 50 must be nearly impossible. Or is it? The Open State Project is making progress towards the impossible—and closing in on the goal. When I... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Sep 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
How to build an open data initiative for your city
Montréal Ouvert is a citizens’ initiative to obtain a formal open data policy for the city of Montréal, Canada. Launched by four Montrealers in August 2010 to mobilize public and political support for the adoption of an open data policy for the city of Montreal, it has had considerable success.... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Sep 2011 by Montréal Ouvert Feed
Open government dead - pass the beer nuts...
The date on the tombstone - September 15. Open gov that was shouted from the rooftops on Obama’s first day died last week with barely a whisper - far from the headlines. The Senate approps subcommittee slashed $11 million from the House allocation, already $15 million under FY2010 funding.... Read more
10 comments Posted 21 Sep 2011 by Steve O'Keeffe Feed
Open comments, peace corps for geeks, and jobs
We'd like to highlight a few blog posts from GovLoop about open government and technology. In a previous post, we talked about GovLoop and the diversity and experience their community offers. It's a social network for the government community, focused on connecting people and sharing information... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 Sep 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open government communities survey--be counted
If you’re involved in open government, I encourage you to participate in this first informal open government communities survey. The objective of the short survey is to create a view of the broad community of constituents that comprise the open government movement, with a special interest in... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Deb Bryant Feed
Internet censorship in Slovak republic
Last week, the Slovak Ministry of Finance proposed a revision of communication law by extending it to create a list of websites to be banned by all Slovak Internet service providers (ISPs). Even more disturbing, this list would be maintained by the tax office in Bratislava, a governmental office.... Read more
5 comments Posted 15 Sep 2011 by Marek Mahut (Red Hat) Feed
Australia and New Zealand governments launch open technology initiative
The Open Technology Foundation (OTF) is a collaborative initiative that delivers results through a close relationship between the government sector, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and academia across Australia and New Zealand. It will be a conduit to other similar peak... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Sep 2011 by Steve Schmid Feed
Should any and all information generated with government funding be publicly ava
What do you think? Does the information paid for by taxes in a democracy belong to the people who helped pay for it? Or maybe governments have a right to keep secrets and an interest in doing so--everything can't be open.
10 comments Posted 13 Sep 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed

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