I have a magnificent imagination. It’s a real problem for me.
As the Open Data Institute celebrates its first birthday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend their first annual summit and Gala dinner. Here are my take away moments from the day, rough and ready.
- Take-aways from the ‘fireside chat”:
- It was great to hear Sir Tim Berners-Lee describing the pivotal moment when Gordon Brown – the then Prime Minister – said “Yes” to putting government data on the web.
- Open data is still seen as geeky and unapproachable – a lot more work is needed to evidence the power of data to transform lives.
- Open data is just as important to the country (any country) as the power distribution network, or the road infrastructure
- It was great to see that, in just 12 months, the ODI is already a global organisation with the creation of ODI Nodes – businesses, academia and NGOs working together.
- “We build tools that make data actionable for citizens” – Catherine Bracy, Code for America
- “The Smart City is dead. Long live the Smart Citizen” – Drew Hemmet, Future Everything and ODI Manchester
- “Sometimes [you] have to push hard to get key data open” – Sir Nigel Shadbolt highlighting that there is still resistance to the Open Data movement / concept
- Take-aways from the Finance & Politics panel discussion:
- There is a need for ‘data aggregators’ (businesses, individuals and tools) to help identify value in divers open datasets
- The US Government treats open data as a strategic asset
- Open complaints data helps identify, prioritise and economise service delivery
- There is enterprise in blending proprietary, open and observed data (e.g. social media streams)
- There’s a clear correlation in the private sector between transparency and public approval
- Mike Flowers – Chief Analytics Officer, NYC – is a great speaker and passionate about his role in NYC’s open data commitment. (Here’s a write up of the work he’s done for the city.)
- Liam Maxwell stated (and in retrospect it seams obvious) that “Government is a data business”
- Take-aways from the “Open for Business” panel discussion:
- After resolving the Millennium bridge wobbles, Arup made all data and diagnostics open and freely available. At the time is was seen as a PR stunt but the data has been used and now more and more companies are doing the same.
- Bank data is (should be) owned by the customer – when they switch banks they should be able to take it with them.
…the rise of digital citizens who wish greater participation in the democratic process [...], and emerging technologies should be embraced as a way to realise the original intent and goals of government – to represent, serve and involve their citizens
New Word of the Day, 5th November 2013
I love the English language – the way that it so easily accommodates the creation of new words. Today, whilst clearing down my blog feeds, I came across
used in the phrase
[He] was voluntold to take the lead on performance tuning.
I love it.
Hat tip to The Daily WTF.
Of course they had a poorly designed organizational structure; why else would their homepage have fallen into such disarray?
It’s only been live a few days, but already my Scrivener Resources page has received a lot of interest – thanks for coming by to take a look! I’ve just added a few more interesting blog posts and sites to the page so, even if you’ve already taken a look, please revisit.
I welcome comments about the selection and, if you have any choice scrivener sites that you think I should include, please let me know via the comments section on the page.
New: Scrivener resources published
I’ve finally gotten round to publishing my list of scrivener resources. You can get to it from the top menu, or by clicking here.
Trying the “Get Noticed!” theme
Apologies for the appearance of the blog – I’m updating to a new theme – “Get Noticed!” – and whilst in transition some of the look and feel will undoubtedly be a little poor.
I hope that this will resolve itself very quickly!
Because third-party applications – like Twitter and Coveritlive – are an important part of the service that we offer, it felt like it was time to try to explain our thinking on how we work with them, both how that works but also why it’s not always the easiest thing to do.
Personally, if I wasn’t outlining electronically, I would go for the spreadsheet-like format (although it only gives you 2 degrees of freedom, I wouldn’t be able to cope with a looser organisation). I’d be interested in seeing how some of these would look electronically – Scapple and Aeon Timeline would be my choices.