Article: The Importance of Open Government

Open Governance, Politics, Standards

The Importance of Open Government

In 2009 President Obama, as his first decision as President of the United States, issued his first executive order that required agencies to identify and release “high value” data sets. The problem was that many did not release this information. In 2013, President Obama pushed an Executive Order that mandated all data be open. This push for openness and transparency in the government has led to the term open government. However, Obama’s true goal was for both an open and collaborative government.  As Obama’s memorandum states:

My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”

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Article: New York City Open Data: A Brief History

History, Open Data

New York City Open Data: A Brief History

When New York City leaders passed comprehensive open data legislation in 2012, they set a high bar for open information and government transparency. Not only would the city open its data: it would open it all. Yesterday, the Open Data Law turned five years old.

New York City’s open data team is celebrating with a suite of new announcements, including a new website, a new data literacy pilot, and the city’s inaugural Open Data Week.

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Article: How Big Data Helps To Tackle The No 1 Cause Of Accidental Death In the U.S.

Cures, Open Health

How Big Data Helps To Tackle The No 1 Cause Of Accidental Death In the U.S.

Opioid abuse takes a huge toll on human life and the problem is getting worse. Just this year, overdose from misuse of prescription or illegal opioids overtook road accidents as the most common cause of accidental death in the US. In Canada, the situation has been called a “national health crisis.”

It’s such a huge problem that tackling it was identified as a key priority by Barack Obama earlier this year, and $1.1 bn ringfenced for developing and providing solutions.

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Article: The drive to open data provides opportunities for tech community

Geospatial, Open Data

The drive to open data provides opportunities for tech community

The open source movement can trace its beginnings to a famous strategy session held in Palo Alto, CA in February 1998, where the term “open source” was coined.

That meeting led to the Open Source Definition, to advocacy for the use of open source software, and, fairly quickly, to worldwide recognition of open source principles.

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