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Subject: [openhouseproject] Eight Open Goverment Data Principles
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2007 15:25:59 -0500
From: Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...
As I enjoy sadly non-free wi-fi access in Chicago Midway airport on my
way back from the 'Open Government Working Group' conference in
Sebastopol, CA, I thought I would report to this list one outcome of the
conference. (The conference was organized by Carl Malamud, sponsored by
the usual contenders, and a bunch of people on this list were there.)
Here's our official group-written (read: laboriously edited)
announcement, which is also at www.opengovdata.org (the www. is crucial
for the moment):
8 december 2007 - This weekend, 30 open government advocates gathered to
develop a set of principles of open government data. The meeting, held
in Sebastopol, California, was designed to develop a more robust
understanding of why open government data is essential to democracy.
The Internet is the public space of the modern world, and through it
governments now have the opportunity to better understand the needs of
their citizens and citizens may participate more fully in their
government. Information becomes more valuable as it is shared, less
valuable as it is hoarded. Open data promotes increased civil discourse,
improved public welfare, and a more efficient use of public resources.
The group is offering a set of fundamental principles for open
government data. By embracing the eight principles, governments of the
world can become more effective, transparent, and relevant to our lives.
The principles can be used to determine whether government data can be
considered "open", and it was suggested that we develop some sort of
branding that we all can make use of to support and point to the
principles. The principles are at:
The discussion pages linked from some of the terms in the principles are
editable wiki pages and do need to be fleshed out with suggestions from
Also, Dan Newman started some discussion about how to mobilize citizens
at large over transparency issues. I am eager to see how that discussion
continues--- I expect some organizing will happen on the (open) mail
list created at the conference (and linked from www.opengovdata.org;
yes, yet another mail list...).
Ok, back to waiting for my plane.
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