Open Data Monthly Review 10/2011

A review of latest news and blog posts in the field of open data.


RTI Supports QinetiQ’s Leadership in Developing World’s First Open Data Model for UK MOD
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Global Leader in DDS, today announced that it, among other open-standards companies and a broad range of industry participants, supported QinetiQ in the development of the Land Data Model for Def Stan 23-09. The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) had chosen QinetiQ as leader of the Vehicle Systems Integration (VSI) Group, which consists of defense contractors based in the U.S. and U.K. The VSI Group was tasked with applying open-standards-based architectures to land-based defense platforms.

Television Archives Join Linked Open Data Movement
The EUscreen project has recently taken steps to expand the scope of its aim to provide unified access to large integrated digital collections related to European television history. By implementing the Linked Open Data principles and by signing the new Europeana Data Exchange Agreement, the materials that are made accessible through the platform have become more widely searchable, findable, linkable, and thus more connected to the world wide web, its users… and the machines that link them together.

Iceland to Open Data Center Powered by Renewable Resources
British data hosting company Verne Global has commissioned telecommunications group Colt to build a data center powered entirely by renewable energy in Iceland. The parts will be fabricated in the U.K. before being shipped to Iceland.

Google to Open Data Center in Dublin, Irish Official Says
Internet search company Google Inc. (GOOG) will create 30 full-time jobs in a new data center in Dublin, Irish Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Friday.

Holding the fort: developing a new
A website for the UK Civil Service was re-launched on Friday 30th September. This site is the primary means of communicating what the constitutional role of the UK Civil Service is, what it does and the codes it is bound by.

Open data activists cry ‘betrayal’ on Maude’s corporation
Plans for a new public data corporation are a “bodge” and a “betrayal” of the government’s pledges on open data, a coalition of transparency activists claimed.

Stockholm goes ‘open data’
The City of Stockholm will release the source code around some so-called application programming interfaces, and give access to some of the city’s many databases.

Open data study finds variations in housing prices in prestigious neighbourhoods of Helsinki
The street, the floor, and the prospect of upcoming refurbishments and renovations on the property are three aspects that a buyer of an apartment considers when deciding on whether or not to pay more for a new home than the average level for the neighbourhood.

The world’s biggest open data event
Hundreds of public servants, NGOs, journalists and developers will gather in a former factory building in Warsaw this week for what will be the world’s biggest ever open data event.

Open data: beware the empire striking back, insiders warn
Two central figures of the UK government’s initiative to open its data for re-use have warned of the risk of ministers being thwarted by reluctant or apathetic bureaucrats. “There is a real risk of the empire striking back,” Andrew Stott, the government’s first director of digital engagement and a former deputy chief information officer, said last week.

Dublinked to support open data for businesses
Irish businesses and communities are being given the opportunity to tap into data collected by the Dublin regional authorities through a new online portal, which it is hoped will generate new business opportunities. The Dublinked initiative promotes open data, and facilitates access to information including planning application data from across the region, air and water pollution maps, noise maps, parking and traffic volumes.

The Europe’s biggest open data event will count with the European Commission participation
Participants from over 40 countries around the world will meet at one of the biggest open data event, the Open Government Data Camp 2011, that will take place on 20-21st October in Warsaw, Poland. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Digital Agenda Commissioner will be one of the speakers at the opening ceremony.

Esri includes OS Open Data into Community Base Map
Ordnance Survey’s (OS) small and mid-scale OS Open Data products are to be included in Esri’s Community Topographic Base Map (CTBM).
In 2010, Esri created the CTBM for geospatial data holders, such as governments and organisations, to contribute information to.

Socitm slams plan for Public Data Corporation
Socitm has come out against the government’s plan to create a Public Data Corporation, claiming that it will do more for existing institutions than the public’s right to data. The organisation for public service IT professionals has made the criticism in its response to the government’s consultation on open data, which closes today.

Open data plans ‘fundamentally flawed’
Local authorities still ‘struggle with the business case’ for publishing their data for free re-use, according to the professional body of IT managers. In its responses to twin Cabinet Office consultations on open data, the Society for IT Management (Socitm) calls on a new government approach with more emphasis on joined up public services and less on “armchair auditors”.

Facebook Seeks Free Love Among Data Center Giants
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Government to close open data consultations
People with an interest in government transparency and open data have been urged to voice their opinions quickly before two major consultations on the area are closed. Making Open Data Real, which looks how the government should make open data part of its every day business, and a second consultation on the new public data corporation are both to close on 27 October.


Blog about Stats: Open data: Waiting…

ckan Blog: Warsaw and the ODGcamp CKAN presentation

CTOEdge: Open Compute Plus Open Data Center = A Better Cloud? The State of Open Data 2011

eFoundations: Two UK government consultations related to open data

Europeana: Open Data in the cultural sector: Cultural heritage data in Europeana

Freedominfo: Views on Open Data Contrast During ICIC Sessions

The Guardian: Best bits: open government Q&A and The future of open data?

Inside Higher Ed: The Promise of Digital Humanities

Microsoft Research Connections Blog: Open Data for Open Science: The Rise of X-Informatics Open Data consultations

The New York Times: Behind the Oracle-Salesforce Cloud Brawl

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: Open Data: Wishlist for the Next Year and Tracking the Sustainability of Open Government Data and Transparency Board urges widest possible response to UK data consultations

Pardon My Finnish: Open Data – Who cares?

Talis Consulting: Will Europe’s National Libraries Open Data In An Open Way?

Yawning Bread: Beyond freedom of information lies open data


Cambridge Now!: Agenda From The Most Recent Waterloo Regional Council Meeting of October 5th

Jason Hibbets: Surfing the open data wave

Toni Preckwinkle: Good Government Through the Looking Glass: Transparency and Accountability

Adrian Short: Why Facebook’s new Open Graph makes us all part of the web underclass

Christopher Smith: Profiting from open data

W. David Stephenson: Why open data standards make good sense, now more than ever

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