[Open-access] Alon Peled, Traversing Digital Babel from MIT Press, Ch. 3 on Open Data movement worldwide

Jessica Wilson jessica.wilson at mail.huji.ac.il
Sun Nov 9 10:12:56 UTC 2014

Dear open-access subscribers,

I am delighted to let you know that my latest book, *Traversing Digital
Babel, *has been released by MIT Press. Chapter 3 addresses the Open Data
movement worldwide, including the first thorough quantitative analysis of
the US Open Data program's performance. It provides important insight for
anyone interested in understanding or impacting open access to information

Below please find a short description of the entire book, classified by the
MIT Press under the categories: “government,” “business,” and “big data.”

Alon Peled
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
alon.peled at post.harvard.edu

*Peled, Alon. Traversing Digital Babel - Short Book Description*
In this book, Alon Peled proposes a groundbreaking approach to revitalize
critical information flows in public sector agencies. Peled suggests
considering public agency information assets as a contested commodity, and
employing selective incentives to “nudge” agencies to exchange these assets
in a Public Sector Information Exchange (PSIE). Peled demonstrates that
PSIE and similar programs can save governments billions of dollars, improve
services to citizens, and even save lives. Peled maps the primary ethical,
political, legal, economic and technical challenges to PSIE and how these
challenges can be addressed.

The book is engaging, thought provoking and entertaining for experts,
practitioners and interested readers alike. It is written in an accessible,
crisp style. It provides relevant, contemporary case studies and examples
of public sector information sharing successes and failures from the USA,
Australia, Iceland, Holland, Brazil and others.
*You can find more information and endorsements from leading experts here:*
The MIT Press: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/traversing-digital-babel
Stuart Robbins’ Blog:  http://wp.me/p16Nq-6k
Alon Peled: https://scholars.huji.ac.il/alonpeled
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