open government

Open data
In March 2012 I reported in a post entitled “Open by design” a paper by Harlan Yu and David Robinson entitled “The New Ambiguity of Open Government“. A discussion of the paper has now appeared on the World Bank blog by Anupama Dokeniya entitled “Opening Government Data. But Why?” [A thank you to... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 Aug 2012 by Greatemancipator Feed
Venn diagram of data types
Resistance to open data is much older than the concept of open data itself. Those who control—and/or benefit from the control of—data have traditionally resisted its open dissemination. This resistance is being steadily eroded by government policy (see open data policies in the US, UK, and a long... Read more
3 comments Posted 6 Aug 2012 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
Code for Communities
UPDATE: Six mobile applications have been selected for teams to work on.  Each app targets a different facet of the community where there is an information gap.  The apps will be released with open source code to benefit the community. The following apps have been chosen:
0 comments Posted 30 Jul 2012 by Brian Gryth Feed
Transparency in government
Recently, I created and launched a new website for the Sunlight Foundation called Scout. It's the product I'm the most proud of building in my three years there. It is essentially a search and notification engine for government action. Simple idea, simple presentation, and it's easy to compare... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Jul 2012 by Eric Mill Feed
Transparency
In case you haven't noticed, it's an election year in the United States. And with the election in full swing, there is a plethora of data, from a myriad of sources, about what is on the mind of the electorate, what is driving voters to make their decisions, and how they are likely to vote.
0 comments Posted 24 Jul 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Tell me more
One of my personal open source community highlights this year was joining the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board. I first discovered OSI in 2003 when I was asked to weigh in on proposed legislation in Oregon that was designed to mandate the use of open source by all state agencies. Yep, I actually... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Jul 2012 by Deb Bryant Feed
Donkey elephant oops
A brief tweet from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) recently invited you to see her newly-decorated apartment and head-to-toe fashions. The problem? It wasn't her apartment. The link led to the website of a staffer in her press office and was promptly deleted from Twitter fifty-seven seconds later.... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
What open source can teach government officials
What started with a unanimous vote to adopt an open source resolution eventually became a long-term commitment to the open source way. How many of you have had an elected official attend a citizen-lead event? Probably some of you. But how many of you have had your entire city or town council attend... Read more
1 comment Posted 7 Jun 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
A look inside Code for America
Last week while I was in San Francisco for the Open Source Business Conference I stopped by to visit  Code for America. I arranged some office time a few weeks ago when I was planning my travel. This wasn’t just another office tour; this is where web geeks, city experts, and technology industry... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 May 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Iceland's public administrations moving towards open source
All public administrations in Iceland are increasing their use of free and open source software. The country's government recently launched a one year migration project for all of its public institutions. "The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Mar 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed

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