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New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announces Government approval for removal of FOI application fee

- July 29, 2014 in FOI, Freedom of Information, Ireland, Nout van der Vaart, OGP Action Plan

[Written by Nout van der Vaart and originally hosted HERE. Re-posted with the authors permission] irish flag Two months after the European Regional Summit for OGP, Irish civil society welcomed a somewhat unexpected but not less celebrated achievement, as Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced that the Government approved the removal of the €15 FOI application fee for non-personal FOI requests as part of a suite of reforms to Ireland’s FOI regime. During and right after the Summit there was no clear signal of the government reconsidering its stance on removing FOI fees – a point fiercely pushed for by Irish civil society through OGP – but two months later this development will be celebrated as a win for civil society. The Minister said:
Over the last number of months I have concluded that Ireland’s fees regime for FOI required a radical overhaul. The FOI fees measures which I am putting in place restore the balance in relation to FOI fees envisaged in that path-breaking legislation. These reforms will allow our citizens access to information on a level par with best practice across the OECD. After all, information and data are the currencies of the new age.”

He also referred to the Irish OGP Action Plan as a major contributing factor for his decision:
My assessment of FOI fees reform was strongly informed by the issues raised in the pre-legislative scrutiny of my proposals on FOI carried out by the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee the FOI Bill and the debate on the Bill during its passage through the Oireachtas, as well as the views of civil society participating to the preparation of Ireland’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. My conclusions were strongly reinforced by discussions I had with colleagues and participants at the OGP Europe Regional Conference held in Dublin Castle in May which highlighted the vital role of FOI as a cornerstone of openness, transparency and accountability of government and public administration”.
Although it took a while before this major development was eventually decided upon, after all we could say the Irish civil society lobby has been rather successful. With Ireland playing a major role as organizer of the Summit, civil society successfully seized the opportunity to start an effective lobby for abolishment of the fees. This case demonstrates the vast strategic opportunities for civil society to advocate for genuine open government reforms once their national governments play a leading role in OGP. On Wednesday, July 23rd, the first Irish National Action Plan was published, spanning three main areas: Open Data and Transparency, Citizen Participation and Strengthening Governance and Accountability. It can be found on Ireland’s country page on the OGP website. In reaction TASC, one of the organisations closely involved in the Irish OGP process, wrote a blog post commenting on the new Action Plan. < p class="entry-meta">

Our Open Data Meetup at the Scottish Parliament

- July 17, 2014 in Events, Featured, FOI

We were honoured and excited to have been hosted by the Scottish Parliament, who took the opportunity to announce their new open data page at http://scottish.parliament.uk/opendata. The page is just a starting point and Parliament is looking for suggestions and feedback on how information is presented and what type of data should be included over more »

Our Open Data Meetup at the Scottish Parliament

- July 17, 2014 in Events, Featured, FOI

We were honoured and excited to have been hosted by the Scottish Parliament, who took the opportunity to announce their new open data page at http://scottish.parliament.uk/opendata. The page is just a starting point and Parliament is looking for suggestions and feedback on how information is presented and what type of data should be included over more »

Our Open Data Meetup at the Scottish Parliament

- July 17, 2014 in Events, Featured, FOI

We were honoured and excited to have been hosted by the Scottish Parliament, who took the opportunity to announce their new open data page at http://scottish.parliament.uk/opendata. The page is just a starting point and Parliament is looking for suggestions and feedback on how information is presented and what type of data should be included over more »

Our Open Data Meetup at the Scottish Parliament

- July 17, 2014 in Events, Featured, FOI

We were honoured and excited to have been hosted by the Scottish Parliament, who took the opportunity to announce their new open data page at http://scottish.parliament.uk/opendata. The page is just a starting point and Parliament is looking for suggestions and feedback on how information is presented and what type of data should be included over more »

March 2014 meet-up at Napier University

- April 3, 2014 in Edinburgh, Events, Featured, FOI, Meetup, Meetups, Open Government Data

March’s Edinburgh Open Data meet-up returned to Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus, kindly hosted by Peter Cruickshank of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation. The evening featured the usual eclectic showcase of interesting open data projects, and livestream recordings of the meet-up are available here: Part 1: National Records of Scotland, Sally Kerr, Tim more »