Posts Tagged ‘data sets’ Turns Five


Nextgov reports, “When government technology leaders first described a public repository for government data sets more than five years ago, the vision wasn’t totally clear. ‘I just didn’t understand what they were talking about,’ said Marion Royal of the General Services Administration, describing his first introduction to the project. ‘I was thinking, ‘this is not going to work for a number of reasons.’’ A few minutes later, he was the project’s program director. He caught onto and helped clarify that vision and since then has worked with a small team to help shepherd online and aggregate more than 100,000 data sets compiled and hosted by agencies across federal, state and local governments.” Read more

Twitter Introduces Data Grants


Last week, Raffi Krikorian of Twitter announced that Twitter is “introducing a pilot project we’re calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we’ll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data. With more than 500 million Tweets a day, Twitter has an expansive set of data from which we can glean insights and learn about a variety of topics, from health-related information such as when and where the flu may hit to global events like ringing in the new year. To date, it has been challenging for researchers outside the company who are tackling big questions to collaborate with us to access our public, historical data. Our Data Grants program aims to change that by connecting research institutions and academics with the data they need.” Read more

Canada Looks to Developers to Push Open Data


Gillian Shaw of the Vancouver Sun reports, “Canada’s federal government has an abundance of data, and is asking Canadian software programmers and innovators to figure out how to best use it. In the first country wide open-data hackathon, dubbed CODE – Canadian Open Data Experience – Ottawa is calling on the nation’s computing and design talent to use the government’s open data to create apps that will help Canadians. ‘From air-and water-quality monitoring, to border waiting times, to information on permanent residency applications, crime statistics and vehicle recalls, Open Data has the potential to drive social, political, and economic change,’ Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, said in a letter to CODE participants.” Read more

The European Project “” Opens Its Code

09-24-2013 06:12 PM CET — The EU’s “” project brings Fraunhofer IAO together with seven research and industry partners to develop a system for user-controlled social networks and services that can serve as a central hub for managing a user’s various digital identities. The project has now released the source code from its software development work as an open-source project.

The use of personal information for private and business life is a trend in our increasingly information-driven society. With the rise of social media, individuals are revealing more personal data online than ever before. This data disclosure provides value to users, such as enhancing social contacts or obtaining personalized services and products. However, the existing social internet makes it difficult for using personal information in a controlled way while retaining privacy where required. Read more

New York City Set to Open Up All Its Data by 2018


GovTech reports, “New York City IT leaders, including Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot and Open Platform Officer Michael Flowers, announced on Monday, Sept. 23, that they were releasing dozens of ‘high-value’ data sets on a revamped open data portal. The portal, first launched in 2011, now includes more than 1,100 data sets, with contributions from more than 60 different agencies, according to a news release. As outlined in open data legislation signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year, the city will continue to release data sets on a regular schedule, with a stated goal of publishing all public data on the portal by 2018.” Read more

Ordnance Survey’s Linked Data Service Proving Popular

A recent article in Directions Magazine reports, “The enhanced Linked Data service, which provides more flexibility and ease when using the free geographic datasets, is proving popular with hundreds of developers already accessing datasets and the new features. In the first month the new site received over 5,000 visits and 13,000 page views. Ordnance Survey began to explore the world of Linked Data following the launch of OS OpenData in April 2010. Early developments in this specialist field saw the national mapping authority publish a number of OS OpenData products as Linked Data, including the 1:50 000 Scale GazetteerCode-Point Open and the administrative geography for Great Britain taken from Boundary-Line.” Read more

The Value of Accurate Data Attribution, And How to Get There

Paul Miller of Cloud of Data recently discussed the issue of proper data attribution. He writes, “There have always, it seems, been people for whom attribution and citation really matter. Some of them passionately engage in arguments that last months or years, debating the merits of comma placement in written citations for the work of others. Bizarre, right? But, as we all become increasingly dependent upon data sourced from third parties, aspects of this rather esoteric pastime are beginning to matter to a far broader audience. Products, recommendations, decisions and entire businesses are being constructed on top of data sourced from trusted partners, from new data brokers, from crowdsourced communities, or simply plucked from across the open web.”

Miller continues, “Without an understanding of where that data came from, and how it was collected, interpreted or maintained, all of those products, recommendations, decisions and businesses stand upon very shaky foundations indeed. Read more

San Francisco Boosts Open Data Efforts

Joshua Sabatini of The San Francisco Examiner reports, “San Francisco has fallen behind in the open-data movement, but city officials say a new proposal will once again put it on the forefront. Three years ago, The City adopted its first open-data ordinance to encourage departments to release their data sets — i.e., restaurant health scores or details on special events in The City. But the effort appears to have wilted, and cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Chicago have since created more aggressive initiatives than San Francisco. ‘Unfortunately we have fallen a little bit behind,’ said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. ‘We have about 500 city-maintained data sets. But there are literally thousands of data sets that we could put out to the public’.” Read more

USA Today Opens Up its Data

A recent article reports, “Many newspapers and other traditional media entities still think of themselves as delivering their content in a specific package… But few are thinking about their businesses in radically different ways — as content-generating engines with multiple delivery methods, or as platforms for data, around which other things can be built. USA Today appears to be moving in this direction, by opening up its data for others to use and even commercialize, following in the footsteps of The Guardian and its ground-breaking open platform.” Read more

How Google is Using MusicBrainz

MusicBrainz, one of the earliest available LinkedOpenData sets recently discovered that Google uses MusicBrainz data in some of its searches. The article explains, “Earlier this week I met with Shawn Simister, who works on Google’s Freebase project (former from MetaWeb) to touch base about how MusicBrainz is being utilized inside of Google. MusicBrainz represents a large chunk of the music data in Freebase and in turn the Freebase data is used as one of the sources of data for Google’s search.” Read more