Texas.gov has a clearinghouse of open data across Texas agencies
Once data is published, agencies should communicate information regarding their data sets to Texas.gov. On its Open Data page, Texas.gov maintains a directory of data sets available across the state. This directory increases visibility and offers citizens a single location to easily access multiple types of data across several agencies. Agencies without existing resources should look for guidance from agencies identified on the Texas.gov Open Data page.
Federal government – data.gov
The federal government established a web portal for government data called data.gov. This site is a one stop shop for accessing raw data from federal government agencies. There is also a community to bridge policy makers, technologists, data owners, and citizens. Visit the link to see related forums, blogs, and social media feeds related to open data. The site is updated regularly.
Open data app contest in Europe
The Open Data Challenge was Europe’s biggest open data competition with 430 entries from 24 EU member states. The contest was open from early April 2011 to early June 2011. The first prize idea was called bePart, which was a mobile application to facilitate citizens’ participation in urban development. The app allows citizens to access development plans of local and regional urban projects, lists of public hearing dates, and consolidates widely scattered data onto a single location. There is also a short video on the Open Data Challenge on the homepage. Last updated in June 2011.
Oregon launches Open Data site
The State of Oregon launched data.oregon.gov to let visitors interact with state records and create their own charts, graphs, calendars and maps online. The portal began in March 2011 with 70 data sets, including state salaries, economic stimulus awards, and agency expenditures. Some data sets will be available in real time to help developers integrate into mobile applications.
The movement to begin open government data
In 2007, a working group of 30 open data advocates came together and developed the eight principles of open government data. The eight principles are:
- Data must be complete
- Data must be primary
- Data must be timely
- Data must be accessible
- Data must be machine processable
- Access must be non-discriminatory
- Data formats must be non-proprietary
- Data must be license-free
A Call to Action for State Government: Guidance for Opening the Doors to State Data
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