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List of European Open Data Catalogues at

List of European Open Data Catalogues at

Welcome - 25 Ordinary Citizens Write Iceland’s New Constitution With Help From Social Media The newest government in the world was designed with help from comments on the internet. God help us all. After Iceland’s economic collapse in 2008, the island nation decided it was time to write a new constitution, this one not based on its parent country of Denmark but rather made from the original ideas of its citizens. Iceland’s small population of 320,000 elected 25 assembly members from 522 ordinary candidates (including lawyers, political science professors, journalists, and many other professions), who in turn opened their process up to the public in an unprecedented fashion. The Constitutional Council was highly active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, where they solicited comments and suggestions for the new government. On Friday July 29th, 2011, the Iceland parliament officially received the new constitution, comprised of 114 articles divided into 9 chapters. In many ways then, the new Iceland constitution was the first to ever be born completely in the public eye.

Switzerland is no longer a white spot on the OGD map. The following guest post is by Cécile Aschwanden and André Golliez, from itopia. They are members of the OKF’s Working Group on Open Government Data. Most people in Switzerland (including politicians) still do not know what Open Government Data is all about – but now the OGD virus has reached Switzerland and the discussion has been launched. The major conclusion: there is a lot of goodwill from all parties vis-à-vis Open Government Data. Andreas Kellerhals, the head of the Swiss Federal archives presented the Swiss federal administration’s approach to a single point of orientation (SPO), a key prerequisite to enable access and find a needle in the haystack of treasured information. Prof. Switzerland can learn from the other countries. Our graphic artist’s view (Rolf Willi) on the Federal Palace with Open Government Data.

Government spending by department, 2011-12: get the data | UK news | It is a lot of money, but what does £694.89bn really buy you in 2012? Guardian Data's annual audit of UK government spending this year shows huge cuts taking place across supposedly protected areas of government as the austerity programme hits home. Public spending in 2011-12 was £694.89bn - compared to £689.63bn in 2010-11. That may look like an increase but once inflation is taken into account, it is a real-terms cut of 1.58%, or £10.8bn. However, that £10.8bn cut masks big drops in spending in over 40 government departments and quangos, including 'protected' areas such as health and education. We have identified 45 departments or non-departmental public bodies with cuts in spending - those groups have suffered £72bn cuts in real terms in a single year, equivalent to around 10% of annual spending. Explore the graphic The data - for the financial year 2011-12 - is the first time this year's information has been collected in a single place. The Losers The winners The full data is below.

Open Government Data Datavisualization Le baromètre du cumul des mandats en Belgique Introduction to Linked Open Data for Visualization Creators on Datavisualization Introduction to Linked Open Data for Visualization Creators Last week ReadWriteWeb asked: “Is Linked Data Gaining Acceptance?” Our answer: definitely yes. Projects like DBPedia, a community effort to structure the information from Wikipedia and provide it as Linked Open Data, have come a long way and work really well. But you don’t have to stop there! Back in 2001 Tim Berners-Lee and his collaborators published a seminal article called “The Semantic Web” in which they presented their idea of “a new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers [and] will unleash a revolution of new possibilities”. First up is the term Semantic Web. One technological concept that is part of the Semantic Web vision is Linked Data, which describes “a method of publishing structured data, so that it can be interlinked and become more useful” (Wikipedia). Linked Data by itself doesn’t have to be publicly available data, it can just as well be used in private, so we need one more definition: Open Data.

Mesurer l’open data et ses effets "Open Data Commons" (by jwyg) A l’occasion de la Semaine européenne de l’Open Data à Marseille, je suis invité à intervenir sur le sujet des indicateurs des politiques publiques d’ouverture des données. Comment mesurer et évaluer les programmes Open Data ? Est-ce vraiment si difficile à faire ? Ce billet de blog vous propose un résumé de mon intervention. 1 – Des indicateurs pour chaque étape des projets Le chercheur britannique Tim Davies recense sur son carnet de recherche en ligne plusieurs types d’outils d’évaluation et en propose une première classification. - mesurer un " état de préparation " ( readiness assessment tool ) : la boîte à outils développée par la Banque Mondiale comprend ainsi une check-list très complète des facteurs susceptibles de favoriser une politique durable d’ouverture des données, Il y a exactement 2 ans, j’étais déjà invité à Marseille (qui refuserait une invitation dans la cité phocéenne au mois de juin ?) 4 - Don’t ask, please tell ! WordPress:

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The Real-Time Data City is now Real (in Singapore) Next to their established offices in Boston and Milan, MIT Senseable Lab is now also active in Singapore, where they just launched an impressive exhibition [] with five different graphical perspectives into Singapore's social, economic and mobility patterns. The five visualizations are all based on real-time data recorded and captured by a vast system of communication devices, microcontrollers and sensors. What seems to be in the pipeline is an open API to allow others access to the rich data streams: "The exhibition is just the beginning of something that aims to develop into an open platform for the management of urban real-time data and the engagement of developer communities in writing innovative applications for the city." "Hub of the World" shows the ships and containers arriving and leaving Singapore. "Isochronic Singapore" deformes a street map of the city proportional to its travel time. The exhibition runs from April 8th until May 1st at Singapore Art Museum.