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Τριτη ερευνα για την προοδο των κρατων για ανοικτα δεδομενα

- June 30, 2016 in Canberra, Featured, Government data

Μία στις δέκα βάσεις εθνικών δεδομένων είναι ανοικτές και διαθέσιμες, σύμφωνα με την τρίτη ετήσια έρευνα Open Data Barometer που έγινε από το World Wide Web Foundation. Η έρευνα εξετάζει διαφορετικές κατηγορίες δεδομένων, όπως για παράδειγμα το περιβάλλον και η εκπαίδευση, σε 92 χώρες . chartΤο 90% των κρατικών δεδομένων παραμένουν ακόμα κλειστά, σχεδόν το ίδιο ποσοστό με την περσινή έκδοση της έρευνας. Στο Barometer αναφέρεται μάλιστα ότι παρά τη ραγδαία αύξηση των κυβερνητικών σχεδίων και πολιτικών σχετικά με τα ανοικτά δεδομένα, τα πιο ουσιαστικά και σημαντικά είναι μη διαθέσιμα στους πολίτες. Πάνω από τις μισές χώρες έχουν ήδη σε λειτουργία πρωτοβουλία ανοικτών δεδομένων όπως και καταλόγους με ανοικτά δεδομένα, τα οποία είναι διαθέσιμα για χρήση. Ταυτόχρονα ένας σημαντικός αριθμός των υπόλοιπων χωρών ξεκινούν ανάλογες πρωτοβουλίες. «Οι πρωτοβουλίες ανοικτών δεδομένων δεν μπορούν να είναι αποτελεσματικές αν δεν συνοδεύονται από μια κουλτούρα ανοικτότητας, όπου οι πολίτες ενθαρρύνονται να κάνουν ερωτήσεις και να συμμετέχουν, καθώς και από ένα νομικό πλαίσιο» υπογραμμίζεται στην έρευνα. Τα ανοικτά δεδομένα δεν έχουν ακόμα υποστηριχτεί από το νόμο ή από κάποια πολιτική, ενώ τα υπάρχοντα νομικά πλαίσια που αναφέρονται σε πρωτοβουλίες ανοικτών δεδομένων είναι ιδιαίτερα αδύναμα. Αυτό αποτελεί, όπως αναφέρεται στο Barometer, απόρροια της τάσης των κρατών να αντιμετωπίζουν τα ανοικτά δεδομένα σαν ένα πείραμα χωρίς μακροπρόθεσμη πολιτική για την εφαρμογή του. chart (1)Ιδιαίτερα μετά την υιοθέτηση των 17 στόχων για βιώσιμη ανάπτυξη, η ανάγκη για το άνοιγμα των δεδομένων γίνεται ακόμα πιο επιτακτική. Ωστόσο, όπως δείχνει και η έρευνα, υπάρχουν πολλά που πρέπει να υλοποιηθούν. Πιο συγκεκριμένα, μόνο ένα μικρό ποσοστό κρατών παρέχει πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα, χρήσιμα για τους στόχους, όπως είναι για την υγεία, την εκπαίδευση, τις δημόσιες δαπάνες, την απογραφή. Σε γενικές γραμμές υπάρχει καθυστέρηση στην εκτέλεση και την επίδραση των δεσμεύσεων για τα ανοικτά δεδομένα, ενώ η διάθεση των δεδομένων και η δυνατότητα της ανοικτότητας είναι υπαρκτή κυρίως στις πλούσιες χώρες. Άλλο ένα σημαντικό ζήτημα που προκύπτει από την έρευνα είναι το γεγονός ότι 26 από τις 30 χώρες με τα υψηλότερα ποσοστά έχουν και δυνατή οικονομία. Χώρες όπως για παράδειγμα της Αφρικής με λιγότερους πόρους είναι αρκετά πίσω στην διάθεση δεδομένων. Αυτό έχει ως συνέπεια να δημιουργείται ένα μεγάλο χάσμα και να αυξάνεται η ανισότητα των χωρών.chart (2) Τα αποτελέσματα δείχνουν ότι το κίνημα των ανοικτών δεδομένων βρίσκεται σε ένα σημείο καμπής, όπως συμπεραίνει η αναφορά, ενώ τονίζει τη σημασία ύπαρξης ισχυρών νόμων περί της ιδιωτικής ζωής, νομοθεσίας για την ελευθερία της πληροφόρησης και του δικαιώματος της πρόσβασης σε δεδομένα.     Πηγές: Open Data Barometer, FreedomInfo.org  

Walkthrough for 2015 Global Open Data Census Updates

- September 16, 2015 in Canberra, Featured, Government data

Last week at the Canberra meetup we were joined by Stephen Gates to discuss the Global Open Data Census. After organising a demo of the update process we’ve produced the following video to give everyone an easy to follow walkthrough on how to submit updates for this year. Please note that the deadline for updates is the 20th of September so we’d really appreciate some help over this week. The video also covers information about the state level and local government level indexes. Submissions for these can be received at any time and the process is just as easy as that of the global census. You can follow Australian developments around this project on Twitter.  

Walkthrough for 2015 Global Open Data Census Updates

- September 16, 2015 in Canberra, Featured, Government data

Last week at the Canberra meetup we were joined by Stephen Gates to discuss the Global Open Data Census. After organising a demo of the update process we’ve produced the following video to give everyone an easy to follow walkthrough on how to submit updates for this year. Please note that the deadline for updates is the 20th of September so we’d really appreciate some help over this week. The video also covers information about the state level and local government level indexes. Submissions for these can be received at any time and the process is just as easy as that of the global census. You can follow Australian developments around this project on Twitter.  

Walkthrough for 2015 Global Open Data Census Updates

- September 16, 2015 in Canberra, Featured, Government data

Last week at the Canberra meetup we were joined by Stephen Gates to discuss the Global Open Data Census. After organising a demo of the update process we’ve produced the following video to give everyone an easy to follow walkthrough on how to submit updates for this year. Please note that the deadline for updates is the 20th of September so we’d really appreciate some help over this week. The video also covers information about the state level and local government level indexes. Submissions for these can be received at any time and the process is just as easy as that of the global census. You can follow Australian developments around this project on Twitter.  

Walkthrough for 2015 Global Open Data Census Updates

- September 16, 2015 in Canberra, Featured, Government data

Open Knowledge Canberra recap

- September 10, 2015 in Canberra, Featured

It felt good to finally kick off an Open Knowledge Canberra meetup. For a long time I’ve been jealously reading the tweets and posts from the long running Melbourne meetups and wanting to be a part of that each week. Unfortunately, being based in Canberra, the science was impossible. And then Brisbane was rebooted to double the pain! However, after having the opportunity to sit in on two of the Melbourne meetups recently, and after meeting Mitchell Stanton-Cook up in the Brisbane meetup group last week, I thought the time had come. The challenge of running a meetup in Canberra, I suspect, will be to bring together an interesting crowd each fortnight and keep the discussions fresh. I thought a good way to meet that challenge was to run a format which allowed members to join from anywhere in the country over video conference. So, today we ran the first of these and I think our modest start was a great success. Just to have the video conferencing work without issue was our baseline for a success, so that was the first win. So, what topics were discussed?
  • Stephen Gates joined us from Brisbane to discuss the Open Data Census and the next steps for finalising our regional updates. Note – the deadline for submissions is on its way! A sprint to the finish is due to start on the 14th with Alex Sadlier, Pia Waugh, Stephen Gates and myself all chipping in.If you can help then drop a comment below. Not sure what this is all about? Stephen and I have organised to record a demo of the process this Sunday the 13th, so tweets from @okfnau and @auOpenDataIndex to come soon after… for now you can check out the article from Stephen that was posted to okfn.org earlier this year.
  • Bill Browne joined us via chat to share his interest in Free Culture. We discussed the possible cross overs within the various Open Knowledge Working Groups and a number of scenarios where closed data and data silos presented a risk to the Free Culture movement. This grew into a discussion around Linked Data and the W3C web transactions group where I was aware of situations created from Country of Law agreements in one country have the potential to work against the civil rights of other jurisdictions. The recent decision by twitter to remove API access from those reporting on the post tweet deletions of public officials was one such scenario.
  • Lastly, I discussed how I would be in San Francisco next month and was aiming to meet with members of the local SFBrigade’s activities around Open Referral.
So, a modest start for a small group in Canberra with a video link to the big ideas surrounding Open Knowledge. We hope to see you at the next meetup on the 24th of September!

Open Knowledge Canberra recap

- September 10, 2015 in Canberra, Featured

It felt good to finally kick off an Open Knowledge Canberra meetup. For a long time I’ve been jealously reading the tweets and posts from the long running Melbourne meetups and wanting to be a part of that each week. Unfortunately, being based in Canberra, the science was impossible. And then Brisbane was rebooted to double the pain! However, after having the opportunity to sit in on two of the Melbourne meetups recently, and after meeting Mitchell Stanton-Cook up in the Brisbane meetup group last week, I thought the time had come. The challenge of running a meetup in Canberra, I suspect, will be to bring together an interesting crowd each fortnight and keep the discussions fresh. I thought a good way to meet that challenge was to run a format which allowed members to join from anywhere in the country over video conference. So, today we ran the first of these and I think our modest start was a great success. Just to have the video conferencing work without issue was our baseline for a success, so that was the first win. So, what topics were discussed?
  • Stephen Gates joined us from Brisbane to discuss the Open Data Census and the next steps for finalising our regional updates. Note – the deadline for submissions is on its way! A sprint to the finish is due to start on the 14th with Alex Sadlier, Pia Waugh, Stephen Gates and myself all chipping in.If you can help then drop a comment below. Not sure what this is all about? Stephen and I have organised to record a demo of the process this Sunday the 13th, so tweets from @okfnau and @auOpenDataIndex to come soon after… for now you can check out the article from Stephen that was posted to okfn.org earlier this year.
  • Bill Browne joined us via chat to share his interest in Free Culture. We discussed the possible cross overs within the various Open Knowledge Working Groups and a number of scenarios where closed data and data silos presented a risk to the Free Culture movement. This grew into a discussion around Linked Data and the W3C web transactions group where I was aware of situations created from Country of Law agreements in one country have the potential to work against the civil rights of other jurisdictions. The recent decision by twitter to remove API access from those reporting on the post tweet deletions of public officials was one such scenario.
  • Lastly, I discussed how I would be in San Francisco next month and was aiming to meet with members of the local SFBrigade’s activities around Open Referral.
So, a modest start for a small group in Canberra with a video link to the big ideas surrounding Open Knowledge. We hope to see you at the next meetup on the 24th of September!

Open Knowledge Canberra recap

- September 10, 2015 in Canberra, Featured

It felt good to finally kick off an Open Knowledge Canberra meetup. For a long time I’ve been jealously reading the tweets and posts from the long running Melbourne meetups and wanting to be a part of that each week. Unfortunately, being based in Canberra, the science was impossible. And then Brisbane was rebooted to double the pain! However, after having the opportunity to sit in on two of the Melbourne meetups recently, and after meeting Mitchell Stanton-Cook up in the Brisbane meetup group last week, I thought the time had come. The challenge of running a meetup in Canberra, I suspect, will be to bring together an interesting crowd each fortnight and keep the discussions fresh. I thought a good way to meet that challenge was to run a format which allowed members to join from anywhere in the country over video conference. So, today we ran the first of these and I think our modest start was a great success. Just to have the video conferencing work without issue was our baseline for a success, so that was the first win. So, what topics were discussed?
  • Stephen Gates joined us from Brisbane to discuss the Open Data Census and the next steps for finalising our regional updates. Note – the deadline for submissions is on its way! A sprint to the finish is due to start on the 14th with Alex Sadlier, Pia Waugh, Stephen Gates and myself all chipping in.If you can help then drop a comment below. Not sure what this is all about? Stephen and I have organised to record a demo of the process this Sunday the 13th, so tweets from @okfnau and @auOpenDataIndex to come soon after… for now you can check out the article from Stephen that was posted to okfn.org earlier this year.
  • Bill Browne joined us via chat to share his interest in Free Culture. We discussed the possible cross overs within the various Open Knowledge Working Groups and a number of scenarios where closed data and data silos presented a risk to the Free Culture movement. This grew into a discussion around Linked Data and the W3C web transactions group where I was aware of situations created from Country of Law agreements in one country have the potential to work against the civil rights of other jurisdictions. The recent decision by twitter to remove API access from those reporting on the post tweet deletions of public officials was one such scenario.
  • Lastly, I discussed how I would be in San Francisco next month and was aiming to meet with members of the local SFBrigade’s activities around Open Referral.
So, a modest start for a small group in Canberra with a video link to the big ideas surrounding Open Knowledge. We hope to see you at the next meetup on the 24th of September!

Open Knowledge Canberra recap

- September 10, 2015 in Canberra, Featured