Civic Awesome: Open Data In The News For September 26, 2014
Three steps forward, one step back. But it’s mostly good news for open data this week.
Using newly opened public sector and academic data sets, a coalition called VeteransTalent, was launched this week. The open data project maps the skills of unemployed veterans alongside job listings from employers committed to veteran hiring. The site, at www.veteranstalent.io, was built in direct response to a White House Veterans Jobs and Skills Open Data Roundtable held in February.
America’s fourth largest city has an open data policy, as of September 18th. While Houston already has over 160 data sets in its open data portal, the new policy codifies the city’s efforts to make information accessible.
The website Bellingcat is leveraging open source data and crowdsourced information to identify the specific locations of where Islamic State is conducting its operation. By analyzing photos and videos uploaded by insurgents and mashing those up with satellite images and pictures taken by locals, Bellingcat is able to identify where insurgents are gathering, training, and even conducting executions.
Despite the federal government’s moves toward making its own information accessible and machine-readable, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would exempt “all public companies with less than $250 million in from filing their financial statements in the extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), despite recent efforts by the [Securities and Exchange Commission] to begin ensuring the quality of data collected via XBRL. The House suggested that the bill, H.R. 5404, is meant to reduce burdens on small businesses.