Tag Archives: Public data

September #5

Google Book Settlement
Huffington Post Pamela Samuelson: Google Book Settlement 1.0 Is History
UK academics: JISC seeks your views on the US Google book Settlement. A Write To Reply service.

Government 2.0
San Francisco App Store, open data – staff and citizens encouraged to build the government they want Mashable DataSF App Showcase
COI: benefits of government website auditing: open, transparent and accountable Digigov
Full List of UK Councils now online (and accessible via API) CountCulture
Opening up local government information. Chris Taggart’s presentation to Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information

Information Architecture
Survival of the flattest: how to futureproof your website’s IA Mission Creep

Read newspapers on your home computer! (1981 video) YouTube
Five projects on the frontier of text-based data analysis and visualization Nieman Lab
DocumentCloud: investigative journalism organisations+ Open Calais Nieman Lab interview
Full audio and transcript of Clay Shirky’s talk at Harvard on the future of news Nieman Lab
Pie chart: what an education company (Pearson) that owns a newspaper (Financial Times) looks like

Net Neutrality
FCC & net neutrality: Boing Boing notes inconsistency

Open Access
Why open access? University of Salford’s Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall makes the case

Public data
Improving data visualisation for the public sector DataViz

Useful round-up of remote user testing services Website Magazine


July #1


France, copyright and internet access

Hadopi 2 Passes French Senate twurl.nl 


Information design

“Building Better White Papers” bit.ly  DFID policy document, summaries, video, links to ways of being active. Offers users a choice of levels of engagement with policy from one location.


Internet Radio

Pandora: ‘The royalty crisis is over!’ Tim Westergen on surviving the Copyright Review Board years bit.ly

Social by Social

Social media for social impact NESTA publish Social by Social handbook. bit.ly

Will Perrin: What social media means for government, from Social by Social bit.ly 



Write To Reply: new consultation: Sustainable Independent and Impartial News in the Regions: bit.ly 


Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Knowledge announce Open Database licence v1.0 bit.ly

New developments on ‘Where Does My Money Go?’: ur1.ca


UK policy

UK Government response to e-petition on Open-sourcing local government information ff.im 

Update on Digital Britain bit.ly



A Twitter Search Primer tr.im



Recovery.gov’s Data Transparency Called “Significant Failure” by Watchdog Group bit.ly 



Video of Channel 4 event Recasting The Net is.gd Tom Loosemore, Helen Milner, Matthew D’Acona on the future of online 


“Wired Editor Caught Copying And Pasting Wikipedia Into His New Book” www.businessinsider.com Chris Anderson. Free, as in lunch. Hugely entertaining.

Links to 15th May


EUObserver: Commission gives Paris a pass over piracy billhttp://tr.im/lmSs

French Senate Sets Up Three-Strikes Clash With Euro Parliament http://tr.im/lg3W

French Assembly Finally Approves Three-Strikes By Slim Majority | paidContent:UK http://tumblr.com/xle1rl3p1

Digital Britain #digitalbritain

UK Intellect response to Digital Rights Agency. Job done http://tr.im/lkgG

CNET iPlayer interview: Anthony Rose on bandwidth, iPhone, not P2P, Air, DRM http://tr.im/ljlU

Guardian, Rick Wray: that mobile broadband plan in full http://bit.ly/3F1s2

The question is not whether we are going to deploy new infrastructure; the question is “who will own it?”http://tr.im/ldy0

US research: Broadband policy: beyond privatization, competition and independent regulation http://tr.im/ldx9

C4/BBC world agreement ‘by 16 June’ http://tr.im/lddM

Report from the Independent Spectrum Broker published today http://tiny.cc/q2y3I

50% of off-peak traffic P2P. UK Film Council lobbies for disconnection http://tr.im/l9tc

ISPA response to creative industries call for filesharing disconnections http://tr.im/l9Gn

“UK ISPs refuse to play Internet copyright cops” http://tinyurl.com/rch9pm


Charlie Beckett: Jarre ‘experiment on credibility of new media..indicates that online is better at correcting than MSM’http://is.gd/zfSf

PWC study says people will pay for news http://tr.im/l9JX

Community Funded Reporting: Spot Us 6 months onhttp://tr.im/lahC via @NiemanLab

Open Access, Creative Commons

Science Commons’ John Wilbanks podcast on Knowledge Interoperability http://tr.im/ln8o brilliant

Peter M-R: Trust in scientific publishing http://tr.im/ln3U scientific societies, Elsevier / Merck ‘journal’

A Copyright Story – http://bit.ly/9FuXT moral: scientists – don’t give up your copyright, it’s not necessary

Berkman Center lecture: David Bollier on Governing the Digital Commons http://tr.im/lhyX

New Bloomsbury science series [published under noncommercial creative commons licences] : http://bit.ly/fJrE2

Music, P2P

University league table: international ranking by copyright infringements http://tr.im/lfsU

P2P study: Music crackdown is bad for business – http://bit.ly/2AUsIT

FOI, Open Government

Guardian, Roger Smith: Protect the private and make transparent the public  http://bit.ly/Yrv3T

Justice Minister tells ZDNet UK: FoI to apply to private cos doing public sector work http://bit.ly/NBtav

Public data mapping

Public data news

The Guardian’s Free Our Data campaign is a good source for policy and legal developments in the use of public data. Usually covered in the Technology edition, web and print versions, on Thursdays. They also have a blog: freeourdata

A recent Guardian piece by Michael Cross covers significant advances in freeing access to two publicly funded datasets: crime and postcodes. Every neighbourhood in England and Wales will have interactive crime maps online by the end of this year. Royal Mail has made it’s postcode address file of 28 million addresses available for the Show us a better way competition.

UK crime and postcode information edge ever closer to freedom


Previous post on the Show us a better way competition

More on representation: there are some previous posts on data mapping on this site. Continue reading Public data mapping

Public data, £20k competition

“What would you create with public information?

Ever been frustrated that you can’t find out something that ought to be easy to find?  Ever been baffled by league tables or ‘performance indicators’?  Do you think that better use of public information could improve health, education, justice or society at large?

The UK Government wants to hear your ideas for new products that could improve the way public information is communicated. The Power of Information Taskforce is running a competition on the Government’s behalf, and we have a £20,000 prize fund to develop the best ideas to the next level.”

Show Us A Better Way

Something to focus your research effort. Go team!

Some neat examples and a handy set of links for mashups, Google maps, Yahoo pipes and so on.

I don’t want to suspend critical judgement about the potential of Web 2.0 to transform institutions, but I have never seen a statement like this on a government website. It says

Disclaimer: I found these sites useful, but they are not an Official endorsement by the British Government. Have a look at them, make your own mind up and give us feedback in the comments”

This from the Cabinet Office. Encouraging.