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Links 1 through 10 of 19 by Nik Silver tagged open_data

"As well as using the funds to build a pistol, the Wiki Weapon project aimed to eventually provide a platform for anyone to share 3-D weapons schematics online. Eventually, the group hoped, anyone could download the open source blueprints and build weapons at home."

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Paul Clarke argues that making convicted people's names public in open databases is quite different from reading their names out in a public court.

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"The marketing department, the press department and the teams in charge of behavioural change all get [open data] — and they see the value. Sadly, there are still TfL departments that seem unwilling to get it. More importantly, there are individuals who don’t seem to see the world they are operating in, and it appears it is these people who are pulling the strings. Influential people within the organisation seem opposed to innovation, Open Data, and working with external developers. Despite all the talk of open data and new ideas, there is still an overriding attitude of not taking risks or deviating from the status quo. The general concerns are only of cost, and not those of the future. Or the consumer. Our favourite TfL quote has to be “Who wants to play games? In this age of austerity, no one wants to play games. I can’t see any value in this type of website.”"

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"One of the questions she asked me today was: What is the next challenge for open government data? So thank you Liz for the inspiration for this blog post, it got me thinking about something I have not thought about much, recently."

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"I’ve been told that no one rides the bus in Tyler or that only poor people do. A fellow hacker who grew up Tyler told me he didn’t even know they had a bus system. This isn’t really a surprise—Tyler has low population-density (1,982 people per square mile, according to Wolfram Alpha) and a food desert in its urban core. I was stunned to discover that a transit system even existed. So why do I think its a good idea to digitize the bus schedule? Five reasons..." The start of a wonderful thing.

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"When’s your car’s MOT due? Yes, you! Do you know? Without finding the last certificate, which, let me guess, isn’t about your person or your desk as you read this. You could find out online, you know. There’s a nifty little utility here. And what do you need to get access to that magic expiry date? Well, you need the registration number of your vehicle, naturally. Which you probably know. And you need a reference number from your last test certificate (or failure notice). Really. No, I’m not joking. [...] So we have a potentially brilliant online service, that, if promoted, could stop tens of thousands (my guess) of people slipping past their MOT expiry dates without realising. The only time they think of these things is in idle hours at their desks at work, while the documents they need languish in a dusty study drawer at home. And what would make the service brilliant? Just making it usable on the basis of the registration number alone."

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"Open data policy matters because it reduces barriers to people with bright ideas from creating goods and services that make the world a bit better, either socially or economically. It really is as simple as that."

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Clay Johnson says it's time to stop talking and start doing... "For me, I’ve been to dozens of these events, and they’re getting a little formulaic for me. They always start with Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s CTO, who extolls the values of open data, then introduces someone he refers to as brother. This person is usually Todd Park (CTO-HHS). [...] Then Alex Howard blogs about it and everybody goes to happy hour."

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Requires more thought... "I’ve been exploring some of the implications of openness at large scale and identifying how value is created. One way to think about that is by positioning openness and empowerment against control and ownership."

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"Announced to Downing Street fanfare on Wednesday, the new Public Data Corporation is already worrying the key voices of the open data community - largely because no-one knows what it's for."

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