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.
Welcome to PublicData.eu - Europe's Public Data - publicdata.eu Government spending by department, 2011-12: get the data | UK news | guardian.co.uk 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.
Le baromètre du cumul des mandats en Belgique 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.
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:
Δημοσια, Ανοικτά Δεδομένα 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.
Open Data companies - 8 video case studies - Open Data Now#.U75QYemKC9I#.U75QYemKC9I#.U75QYemKC9I#.U75QYemKC9I#.U75QYemKC9I#.U75QYemKC9I Follow this site on Twitter and subscribe to biweekly Open Data Now Insights Over the last two months I’ve been fortunate to participate in several events that have featured some of the most innovative Open Data companies around today. We’ve collected hundreds of examples of these companies through the Open Data 500 study at the GovLab. First was the event that the GovLab graciously hosted to celebrate the publication of my book, Open Data Now. At the event, Doc Searls, author of The Intention Economy, made a compelling case for why companies should give their customers access to their own personal data – a development, he said, that could be as significant as the adoption of personal computers or Internet access in business strategy and practice. The same event – called Open Data Now @ NYC – featured leaders from three local New York Open Data companies. - Joel Gurin, Founder and Editor, OpenDataNow.com
Öppna data | Open Stockholm Bland stadens kultur- och arkivdata finns band annat stadens Byggnadsregister, Rotemansarkivet och Byggnadsritningar. Du hittar även 35 000 bilder och dokument ur Stockholms historia med tillhörande meta-data. Stockholms stad samlar in befolkningsstatistik som underlag för planering av den service som ligger under kommunens ansvar; som barnomsorg, skola, planering av socialtjänstens verksamhet och prognoser för skatteintäkter. Trafikdatat innehåller väg- och trafikrelaterad geodata som Stockholms stad samlar in för trafikplanering, underhåll och projektering. Miljödatat innehåller kartor och mätdata som Stockholms stad tagit fram i syfte att beskriva miljösituationen inom kommunen. Enhetsdatabasen innehåller information om Stockholms stads alla verksamhetsställen, och ligger även till grund för Jämför Service på stockholm.se. Stockholms stad ansvarar för att upprätthålla grundläggande geografiska data över staden.
Open Data Challenge on Datavisualization European public bodies produce thousands upon thousands of datasets every year – about everything from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe. With the Open Data Challenge, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Forum Academy are challenging designers, developers, journalists and researchers to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting using open public data. Everybody from the EU can submit an idea, app, visualization or dataset to the competition between 5th April and 5th June. Entries must use or depend on open, freely reusable data from local, regional or national public bodies from European member states or from European institutions. Let us know in the comments if you plan to participate — we’re eager to see what you come up with.