DATA HELP: A site to marshall arguments and explain open dataPosted: June 4, 2010
to marshall argument and counter argument.
There’s also a series of links to more resources, examples and case studies.
Why bother? Two reasons. Firstly, open data is a revolution that’s sweeping government both national and local. Politicians in the US, UK and further afield recognise it is a vital tool for transparency and just plain better democracy.
Second and most important reason for the sites? Because there are lessons to learn from social media.
In 2008 visionaries in local government were seen to be taking risks by adopting social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
What helped win internal arguments were websites like this (insert link) that helped marshall arguments and build a repository of case studies.
I’m convinced the local data blog can play a role in doing the same.
It’s a true collaborative effort between two hugely talented people Michael Grimes from the Citizenship Foundation, Stuart Harrison from Lichfield Council and myself whose day job is at Walsall Council.
It occurred to all of us that a resource like this would be helpful after meeting at the West Midlands local data panel which helps feed back ideas to the people behind the excellent UK data respository data.gov.uk.
It aims to be a place to read arguments and counter arguments for open data and also to help answer the question ‘what is open data?’
Go and have a look. Comment. Add a link or an argument.
It was Charles Dawin who wrote: “In the long history of human kind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
We’d be happy if you came to the site to collaborate. Or failing that just come and have a look at the trams scooting about on the Helsinki realtime tram map. They’re utterly brilliant.
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