Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for February 28, 2014
The impact of open data continues to grow. From new legislation to helpful civic apps, we’re excited to see the community around open data getting stronger every day.
To help you keep up with all of the good news, we’ll collect the top open data stories from around the Web on this blog each week. Make sure to watch this space for updates and share what you find with the people in your network.
Open Data Day 2014 has come and gone. So how did it go? Socrata team members who scattered far and wide across the world to attend various events and hackathons report back unanimously: Open Data Day 2014 was a gigantic success.
Ultimately, opening and spreading data results in increased transparency, participation, and collaboration, all of which have irrevocable and immeasurable benefits. However, if people aren’t interested in open data, governments and institutions around the world aren’t going to be encouraged or inspired to adopt open data policies.
One of the new business opportunities that have developed out of governments publicizing their open data is the rise of data marketplaces or data supermarkets. Many new companies are building marketplaces where not only the public data is available but where users can also easily combine it with all sorts of other (free) datasets for increased insights and discovery of new opportunities by linking different datasets.
Four Lessons from the Australian Mobile Government and Open Data Project
ACT Government and the NICTA eGov Cluster started the Mobile Canberra initiative to develop apps that provides access to geolocational government datasets and services. This project, initiated at the request of the ACT Government via its Executive Director of the Government Information Office (GIO), was prompted by its commitment to being an open government and its goal to make Canberra a connected and digital city.