[epsi-coord] Topic reports for next months

Daniel Dietrich daniel.dietrich at okfn.org
Mon Nov 14 20:06:30 GMT 2011

Great first draft. OK some other candidates might be the obvious
geodata. Also whats about "how opening gov data helped streamline
administrative processes" (benefits for Gov / efficient government).


On 14 November 2011 18:24, Tom Kronenburg <tom.kronenburg at gmail.com> wrote:
> ·      State of the Data: Spending Data – Spending Data is one of the areas
> in which PSI re-use and Data journalism find a very natural connection.
> Journalists have been using visual tools to represented budgets and budget
> realisations, for a long time now. With the growing pressure on national
> debts throughout the union, projects that focus on (visualizing and)
> compiling spending data can provide unique insights and comparisons between
> member states.
> ·      State of the Data: Aid Data – The international Aid sector is trying
> to polish their reputations by focussing on transparency, and giving donors
> (the general public) a better insight in the functioning of the Aid
> institutions. A number of scandals (high pay for management, to much
> overhead, too little impact on the ground) have left their marks on a sector
> that is totally dependent of it’s own reputation. In order to ensure a
> steady stream of donations, all major NGO’s will open their books, and show
> their benefectors (the general public) how much is spend, how much effect
> that has had on the ground and how much has been kept for overhead. A number
> of workshops have been organised, and major benefactors (including
> governments) have started to demand ‘open data’. It is interesting to see
> how these agencies deal with the pressure from outside, how they try to
> organise both Open Data, as well as tools for inspection, and how the public
> responds to their efforts.
> ·      State of the Data: Public procurements – In more and more countries
> the procurement procedures of government are available online. Website like
> TED for the EU and many likeminded initiatives now allow insights into how
> public funds are spend, which companies benefit from these contracts, and
> what budgets are available for what PSB’s. A number of companies have
> started to either build competitors, or analyse the data from these public
> procurement sites. What happens to this data? Is there any money in selling
> public procurement data?
> ·      State of the Data: Cultural Data – There are view projects that have
> been as successful as Europeana in releasing datasets, creating tools to
> dissiminate the data and finding users across the EU who are now using their
> data. But Europeana is not the whole story. Libraries and cultural
> institutes accros the EU have been working on the release of their data,
> have been trying to get apps build, have been working towards more
> interaction with the general public. How have they been coping? What have
> they produced? Is there any room for Cultural Open Data outside of
> Europeana?
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