[@OKau] So what is this all about?

Matthew Cengia mattcen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 09:48:35 UTC 2015

Sorry, I also should've mentioned: The reason I tweeted the link was for
ease of access from others here at our OK meetup tonight so that they
could request access to contribute.

Now that you mention it, I understand it does sound like a
name-and-shame campaign, and I probably should've made more clear on
Twitter what the purpose of the spreadsheet was; my bad.

On 2015-07-15 19:42, Matthew Cengia wrote:
> Hi Steven,
> This is my doing, after discussions with a couple of the other OK folks
> here in Melbourne.
> Our goal is not to chastise data owners for their poorly formatted or
> poorly accessible data, but to find data that has accessibility issues
> and, assuming the data is in demand from the community, see what we can
> do to help data owners make the data more accessible.
> The main driver from my perspective was that it wasn't clear to me when
> I started GovHack that I'd need to request data from the Spatial
> Datamart, deal with the fact hat Spatial Datamart went down several
> times, and then wait for the data to turn up in my inbox. I completely
> understand that this was a perfectly suitable resource when the data was
> being requested only by other government departments and waiting a day
> or two wouldn't be an issue, and I understand that data owners don't
> have infinite resources to make the data trivially accessible, but I
> think it's helpful for users to be aware what pitfalls each dataset has
> so they can be prepared to deal with them if and when the request that
> data.
> I took a couple of the criteria from http://global.census.okfn.org/ to
> determine the accessiblity of various data. I also intended that we
> would try to drop some of our findings in the Disqus page for each data
> set, but figured a central location would be a good start. I'm
> completely open to suggestions on better ways to deal with this
> situation.
> Does that all make sense?
> On 2015-07-15 19:26, Steven De Costa wrote:
> > heya folks,
> > 
> > I might be out of the loop, but this looks like a public name and shame
> > campaign.
> > 
> > https://twitter.com/okfnau/status/621234138956214272
> > 
> > Maybe there is a more effective way for okau to influence folks to publish
> > machine readable data? I'm not sure if it will help okau to support the
> > great efforts being put in by various jurisdictions if we are pushing
> > technical frustrations surrounding  published data publicly.
> > 
> > But, as I said I might be out of the loop...
> > 
> > Do we have a broad concern surrounding open data that is being published?
> > If so, could we perhaps sort out our objectives regarding the improvements
> > we'd like to see and then work directly with each jurisdiction to help them?
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Steven
> > 
> > 
> > 
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> Regards,
> Matthew Cengia

Matthew Cengia
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