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I usually work on Free things. "Free" doesn't just mean zero cost; it means the freedom to copy, to share, to modify and redistribute without arbitrary restrictions. For more details, see this article on the surprising history of copyright and the promise of a post-copyright world. Share the article with anyone — it's Free.
We’re pleased to announce that San Francisco’s Enterprise Addressing System has now been open sourced ! EAS is a web-based system for managing the city’s master database of physical addresses, tied to Assessor’s parcels and the City’s street centerline network. We posted a short screencast of EAS in action a couple of months ago, and since then there’s been a lot of interest in it from other jurisdictions. Responding to this, San Francisco decided to open source it right away, even before it goes into production in early 2011. Working with lead programmer Paul McCullough and GIS manager Jeff Johnson, last week we moved the source code out to a public repository — preserving a year and a half of development history — and transferred all the bug tickets and documentation likewise. Paul wrote a setup script to help new developers turn the raw source code into a deployable app, and we created a discussion group where those trying out the software can ask questions and share experiences.
With more and more civic data becoming available and accessible, the challenge grows for policy makers and citizens to leverage that data for better decision-making. It is often difficult to understand context and perform analysis. “Weave” , however, helps. A web-based data visualization tool, Weave enables users to explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data online from any location at any time. We saw tremendous potential in the platform and have been helping open-source the software, advising on community engagement strategy and licensing.
President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the public, through our website. Call the President
Background Startup America is the White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Startups are engines of job creation. Entrepreneurs intent on growing their businesses create the lion’s share of new jobs, in every part of the country and in every industry. President Obama has called on both the federal government and the private sector to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country.
March 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM EDT Sunshine Week: Increasing Access to Publicly Funded Research During Sunshine Week, we celebrate the ways government can improve public use of government information. We recently took an important step to increase public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government, focusing on two key products of funded research: peer-reviewed scholarly publications and scientific data. March 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM EDT Sunshine Week: In Celebration of Transparency Sunshine Week is a good time to reflect on the notable steps the Administration has taken in the last year-and-a-half to fulfill its commitment to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)—a voluntary, global effort designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenues, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities.
Collaborative democracy—government with the people—is a new vision of governance in the digital age. Wiki Government explains how to translate the vision into reality. Beth Simone Noveck—named one of Foreign Policy 's Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2012 — draws on her experience in creating Peer-to-Patent, the federal government’s first social networking initiative, to show how technology can connect the expertise of the many to the power of the few.
Dot.Gov Noveck began with the example of patents, first devised in Renaissance Florence and Venice to protect techniques such as glass manufacture. In England, conferring a monopoly on a tool or technique became a prerogative of the king. In contemporary America, the process of getting a 20-year monopoly on your invention from the US Patent Office is mired in a morass of litigation costs, a huge backlog, insufficient reviewers with insufficient science education, and what Noveck calls "an outmoded conception of expertise."
Beth Simone Noveck was the United States deputy chief technology officer for open government and led President Obama 's Open Government Initiative . Based at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy until January 2011, she is an expert on technology and institutional innovation. [ 1 ] On May 16, 2011 George Osborne announced that Noveck had been recruited to a position in the United Kingdom government. [ 2 ] [ edit ] Background She graduated from Harvard University with an AM magna cum laude , and University of Innsbruck with a PhD.
Open Government - Resolution of Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy Commissioners, September 1, 2010, Whitehorse, YukonResolution of Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy Commissioners September 1, 2010, Whitehorse, Yukon Calls for greater openness and transparency are exerting increasing pressure on governments to transform their traditional, reactive information dissemination methods into a mode that facilitates proactive disclosure. Furthermore, governments around the world are recognizing the value of sharing information with the public in accessible, open formats.
Open311 is a form of technology that provides open channels of communication for issues that concern public space and public services. Primarily, Open311 refers to a standardized protocol for location-based collaborative issue-tracking. By offering free web API access to an existing 311 service, Open311 is an evolution of the phone-based 311 systems that many cities in North America offer. Unlike the synchronous one-to-one communication of a 311 call center, Open311 technologies use the internet to enable these interactions to be asynchronous and many-to-many. This means that several different people can openly exchange information centered around a single public issue. This open model allows people to provide more actionable information for those who need it most and it encourages the public to be engaged with civic issues because they know their voices are being heard.
With all the talk of cloud computing with in the U.S. Federal Government lately, it seems to be rubbing off on other governments around the globe. I've recently had conversations with the Canadian, US, UK, UN, and EU governments asking about how they might be able to investigate the creation of "public cloud computing infrastructures" for both governmental use as well as for their citizens.
Recently the City of Ottawa released an RFP for a Citizen Service Management (CSM) solution that can unite all of their service departments into a consistent customer experience. Citizen CRM 2.0 Like most large organizations the city operates an estate of legacy applications to provide services like permits, licencing, police enforcement dispatch and incident tracking, maintenance scheduling and so forth, and they want to provide a singuar user interface to these via 311 call centres, web sites, kiosks, counters, emails, mobile other access channels for their residents. This is a significant technology challenge. The legacy estate features major applications like SAP for the bulk of their ERP needs, which runs on a Solaris/Oracle platform, and then also each of the smaller departments typically runs their own dedicated software package for their particular business process needs, whether that be the parks inventory or property listings.