Opening Up Government Data: Give it to Us Raw, Give it to Us Now

data.gov.uk

Last month Rufus Pollock, Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, [spoke at OpenTech 2009](http://blog.okfn.org/2009/07/03/speaking-at-opentech-2009/) in a session with Richard Stirling of the [Cabinet Office](http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk) and John Sheridan of the [Office of Public Sector Information](http://www.opsi.gov.uk/).

His talk gave a blueprint for how to open up government data:

* [Opening Up Government Data: Give it to Us Raw, Give it to Us Now](http://m.okfn.org/files/talks/opentech_20090704/) (slides)
* [Audio from Open Government Data session at OpenTech 2009](http://www.disruptiveproactivity.com/opentech2009/Upper_Hall-Session2.mp3)

The talk includes the following, Opening Government Data “Rules”:

1. “Really” open: use an open license for data
2. Data first, interface second – shiny front ends come last
3. Don’t worry about formats – as long as its RAW
* csv, rdf, xls, json … – doesn’t matter
4. Reuse existing infrastructure where possible
* Cloud storage, ckan.net, …
5. Build demand and supply feedback into the system
* Credit for good providers, demand info (voting) from developer and users

His talk also describes a vision for how UK government data will be discovered, stored, requested and reused:

data.gov.uk

Links to other documentation from talks at Open Tech 2009 are available [here](http://brideswell.com/content/?p=241)!

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