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Where Does My Money Go? the beauty of open data

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The good people of the open knowledge foundation have just released a prototype of their visualisation tool for UK gov spending. This on the same week that the gov announced radical plans for opening their data. Makes the heart soar.

Open data needs to be seen, not just done.

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December 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Open up!

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Jonathan Gray’s been busy. Open Knowledge Foundation is hosting two THREE interesting events in November:

Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information
, Saturday 1st November 2008, 1030-1600, London Knowledge Lab

The UK Government produces and distributes a vast amount of documents and datasets – from national statistics to environmental information, from socio-economic data to legal material. Recent technologies allow this information to be explored, built upon and made accessible in new ways – whether through visual representation, semantic interlinking, or through social media applications.

This informal, hands-on workshop will bring government information experts together with those who are interested in finding and re-using government information. In addition to focused discussions about legal and technological aspects of re-use, government information assets will be documented and tagged on CKAN, a registry of knowledge resources.


Open Everything, Thursday 6th November, 0900-1730, Chalk farm Roundhouse (London)

On 6 November 2008, London will host an Open Everything event, a global conversation about the art, science and spirit of ‘open’. The conversation will cover, well, everything. Qualifier: the ‘thing’ in question is built using openness, participation and self-organisation. There are people coming to talk about open technology, media, education, workplace design, philanthropy, public policy and even politics. These people want to tell you what they’re doing and find out what you’re up to. And they’d like to have lunch with you. That’s why they’re coming to Open Everything. For more on what we mean and why it matters, check out: http://www.openeverything.net.


Workshop on Finding and Re-using Open Scientific Resources, Nov. 8th, London Knowledge Lab

This informal, hands-on workshop will focus on finding and re-using open scientific resources – including open and public domain data, open access journal articles, and open educational materials. We will look at existing tools for discovering open material, metadata standards for relevant material in different domains, and how researchers go about looking for the material they need.

In addition to focused discussions about legal and technological aspects of re-use, open scientific resources will be documented and tagged on CKAN, a registry of knowledge resources.

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October 10, 2008 at 2:56 am

Italy goes radicaly transparent – for 24hours

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In a lavish vaffanculo, the outgoing Italian government has launched a web site listing the tax declarations of every citizen in the land.

The tax authority’s website was inundated by people curious to know how much their neighbours, celebrities or sports stars were making.

Unfortunately, some up-tight privacy group had it shut down before I had a chance to dip in.

Now before you roll your eyes, think. Your supermarket knows how much you earn. Your bank manager knows how much you earn. Isn’t taking the veil off, and letting your neighboors see it all, a small price to pay for knowing back?

Knowledge is power. If we can’t lock the man from knowing all about us, the only way to balance the field is to have everything out in the open.

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May 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm

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