Thursday, December 17, 2009

Data watch

Via the Transportationist is a pointer toward a NYT article today on what may be one of the more perverse stories on government data transparency in the US.  This one involving traffic data. 

Which is half an excuse to post something else found recently via the Guardian's Data Blog (btw does anyone in the US do anything near as good as that?). 

From dead on about something some of us dedicate a large part of our professional and avocational efforts on improving.  See: Free state data initiative goes local, Local authorities to put health, education, crime and public spending data online.

and a corollary.. Meta-transparency!!  Online information assessing how local governments (in the UK that is) do at data transparency.

I am so depressed.  I feel like I live in a cave. Or trying to use VisiCalc on a TRS80. 


Blogger joe said...

Maybe this new (Dec 9) "Open Government Directive" (.pdf) from OMB will lead to some useful data getting released -- it's interesting how they highlight principles of "participation" and "colloboration" with the public.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 8:40:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Which gets to an awfully important point that 'open government', or data transparency, or even e-government is not about the technology. It's all about the culture and the way government wants to interact with the public. The bells and whistles are great, but without the core intent and the data 'infrastructure' supporting neato applications they can almost be counterproductive.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 8:53:00 PM  

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