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My presentation is about a new technology trend called Open Data. Open data is related to a new approach to government, referred to as Open Government. Open Government is best described by one of the greatest leaders of our time, Barack Obama. 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 GovernmentSigned Barack ObamaIn today’s presentation I’ll talk about what is open data/open govhow it’s implementedbenefits for citizens and governmentsrole of interop, standards and open sourceWhat is Open Data and Open GovGovernments around the world are transforming how they deliver services to individuals and businesses, thereby enabling positive and meaningful relationships with their constituents. This transformation is not only occurring on the public facing side of the government; it is also occurring inside governments as departments and ministries work more collaborativelyEngaging individuals to participate and gain insight into services and opportunities that directly benefit themselves and their families;Enabling collaboration so that individuals can help positively influence the government decision making process;Empowering businesses with the data and the knowledge to speed their navigation through regulatory processes, and supporting programs that allow them to focus on their business—not the red tape; andBuilding partnerships within all three levels of governments, both internally and externally, to break down the barriers to working more effectively together. How its implementedGet local governments to share data/crowdsource info gathering if necessaryThis trend started in the US and has been making its way around the world. Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Nanaimo. Cities looking at this are Ottawa, Mississauga, Guelph, Calgary. 2. Make the data available as APIs/make it easy to access and use the data. Be able to filter the data from a web location, for example the data could live on Azure. 3. Encourage creation of apps/build a sustainable application ecosystem. Involving developers. Benefits to citizens and governments Things that come to mind- transparent budgets [http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx], killer new apps using open data [http://vanguide.cloudapp.net/],understanding where tax dollars are spent [http://eaves.ca/2010/04/14/case-study-open-data-and-the-public-purse], better decision making by our lawmakers, higher standards for customer/citizen service, increased voter turnout due to a desire to participate, citizens connecting to other citizens, happier citizens, more efficiency between different government organizations, the list goes on..as citizens of the world we should be excited!
Colin is the Principal Architect for DreamDigital, a British hands-on Architect for over 17 years, a technical speaker and trainer on Microsoft technologies, as well as a user group leader now living in Ottawa. He’d like you to know that it’s you that has the accent J His likeness to High Grant is indeed a burden but he can live with it, and while you may have seen him moonlighting as the acerbic judge on American Idol, he’ll be sparing you the low-cut v-neck t-shirts today.
“Christian enjoys all the meats of the .NET stew, including C# and Visual Basic.” or“A native of Montreal who now lives in Ottawa, Christian is a fluent speaker of both official languages…Visual Basic and C#!”